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PRINCETON, N.J. -- In the midst of an eight-game unbeaten streak, Harvard has continued to roll on and sits atop the Ivy League standings as the teams hit the mid-season mark.
The Crimson (5-0-0 Ivy) moved up to No. 2 in both polls this week after beginning 2013 with road wins over Union and Rensselaer and are now 8-0-1 in their last nine games. The lone hiccups for Harvard thus far are a 2-1 setback at Boston University (November 18) and a 2-2 tie at New Hampshire (December 8). Cornell (4-1-0) sits two points back of Harvard in the Ivy standings. The Crimson won the first game in Cambridge, 3-1, and the rematch is slated for February 15. Harvard and Cornell are second and fifth, respectively, in scoring margin nationally.
In the Rankings: This week, Harvard is No. 2 while Cornell is No. 4 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 10 polls.
Brown (3-9-1, 0-3-0) has won two of its last three after a slow start. The Bears began the new year with a split against Maine last weekend, dropping a 4-2 decision on Saturday and earning a 6-5 wild win on Sunday. Sunday's game saw seven goals scored in the third period as the Bears held off a late surge to earn the win. Brittany Dougherty had two goals and an assist to lead Brown in the win. Kayla Kaluzny added a pair of assists. The six goals were a season-high for the Bears, who have struggled offensively this season (18 goals in 13 games). Laurie Jolin leads Brown in scoring this season with seven points (3g, 4a). The Bears host sixth-ranked Clarkson and St. Lawrence this weekend.
Cornell (9-2-0, 4-1-0) hasn't played since December 1 -- a 4-2 win over St. Lawrence that snapped a two-game slide. The Big Red are currently No. 4 in both polls, dropping one spot in this week's rankings. Brianne Jenner leads Cornell in scoring with 19 points on the year (9g, 10a). That ranks third in the Ivy League. Jenner's 1.73 points per game is ninth nationally. Teammate Jillian Saulnier is fifth in the league in scoring with 18 points (5g, 13a). Cornell's special teams have been exceptional, ranking second in the nation behind only Minnesota. Cornell is third in the country in penalty killing, having killed the advantage 90.5 percent of the time (67-of-74). The reigning Ivy champs are fifth in the nation in both scoring offense (3.85) and scoring defense (1.77). The Big Red, third in the ECAC currently behind Harvard and Quinnipiac, return to action with three games in four days after a nearly six-week layoff. It gets underway this weekend when they head to Boston to face Northeastern on Saturday and Boston University of Sunday. Cornell hosts Syracuse on Tuesday.
Dartmouth (9-5-2, 3-2-0) has won five of its last six after downing Vermont, 4-2, on Wednesday night in Burlington. A three-goal second period lifted the Big Green to the win. Dartmouth outshot UVM, 41-24, on the night. The Big Green have a balanced attack with five players ranking in the Top 15 in the Ivy in points. That was the case again on Wednesday when four different players had a goal and an assist in the contest. Raegan Fischer leads the team in scoring with 17 points on the year (8g, 9a). She is tied with teammate Camille Dumais for fifth in the League in goals with a team-high eight. Laura Stacey has continued her steallar rookie campaign. She leads the Ivy in scoring among freshmen with 13 points on four goals and nine assists. Her 1.00 ppg ranks ninth nationally among freshmen. Dartmouth is home for the next four games beginning Friday night when it hosts Quinnipiac.
Harvard (11-1-1, 5-0-0) sits atop the Ivy League standings heading into Friday night's game against Princeton. The Crimson are ranked No. 2 in both polls, riding an eight-game unbeaten streak. They survived a scare from Renesselaer in their last outing, a 2-1 win in Troy last Saturday. Kelly Romatoski scored the gamewinner on the power play at 5:56 of the third for Harvard. Senior forward Jillian Dempsey has continued her impressive season. She now has at least one point in 27 consecutive games going back to last season. She is second in the nation in goals per game (1.23) and third in points per game (2.38). She has 31 points on the year on a League-leading 16 goals and 15 assists. The netminding duo of Laura Bellamy and Emerance Maschmeyer has continued their stinginess in goal, as well. Bellamy has a 0.60 GAA, while Maschmeyer has a 0.99 mark in nearly equal time this season. They are also 1-2 in the Ivy in save percentage and have led the Crimson to the second-ranked scoring defense in the country (0.77) while having the fourth-best scoring offense (4.31). The Crimson are second in the nation in penalty killing at 95.2 percent (40-of-42). Harvard coach Katey Stone, the winningest coach in Division women's hockey history, is closing in on 400 wins for her career. She currently stands at 389-165-32. Along with facing Princeton on Friday night, Harvard will host Quinnipiac with first place on the line in a key ECAC match-up on Saturday.
Princeton (6-10-2, 0-3-0) came back from the holiday break with a split at Connecticut, defeating the Huskies 4-1 in the second game on January 3. The win snapped a four-game skid for the Tigers. Corey Stearns scored twice in the win including an empty netter with 2:20 to play to put the game away. Sophomore goalie Ashley Holt recorded 17 saves to earn her first career win. Stearns is second in the Ivy in scoring with 21 points. She leads the League with 17 assists, eight of which have come on the power play (a League best). Kelly Cooke leads the Tigers in goals with 11, part of her 16 points she has this season (seventh in the Ivy). Princeton is second in the Ivy on the power play at 18.8 percent (13-of-69), but just fifth among the six teams in penalty killing (83.8 percent). The Tigers visit Harvard and Dartmouth in a pair of Ivy match-ups this coming weekend.
Yale (2-12-1, 0-3-0) returned from the holiday break and dropped a heartbreaker to Providence in overtime, 3-2, as the visitors scored the gamewinner with just 17 seconds left in overtime. Youth continues to be the theme for the Bulldogs as the top team's three scorers are freshmen. Janelle Ferrara and Kate Martini each have nine points on the year (both 4g, 5a), while Jamie Haddad has eight (4g, 4a). Sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff had 47 saves in the loss to Providence, her fourth game this year with 40 or more saves. She now has 552 saves on the year, third most in the nation. The Bulldogs host St. Lawrence and sixth-ranked Clarkson this coming weekend.