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December 12, 2013

Women's Ice Hockey Teams Head to the Holiday Break

Ivy League Statistical Leaders | National Statistical Leaders

Photo courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications 

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton sits atop the Ivy League standings as the Ancient Eight women's ice hockey teams head into the holiday break. 

The Tigers are 3-2-0 for six points, having played two more games than Cornell and Harvard, which are tied for second at five points. The Big Red and Crimson are both 2-0-1 in League play, the tie coming against each other. Princeton has a favorable slate in the second-half of Ivy play, making the Tigers a potential dark horse.

Cornell (10-1-2) and Harvard (9-1-2) are two of the three teams that have only one loss overall thus far this season. The Ivy duo join top-ranked Minnesota (19-1-0) as the only teams to have suffered just one loss thus far this season. 

Here is a quick look around the League thus far: 

The Bears will look for a fresh start when 2014 rolls round. Brown is just 1-9-3 thus far this season. Brown (0-5-1 in ECAC, 0-1-0 in Ivy) split a series at RIT to open the season, winning and losing by identical 2-1 scores. That win came back on October 26 and since then Brown has been winless in its last 11 contests. The Bears did come away from Orono with a tie last weekend to close out 2013, playing a 3-3 draw with Maine. Freshman Erin Conway leads the Bears with eight points on the season (3g, 5a). She has recorded a point in eight of Brown's 13 contests. Sophomore Ariana Rucker has a team-high four goals.  While Brown has yet to be shut out thus far this season, the Bears are still averaging just 1.54 goals per game thus far and are just 4-for-40 on the power play. 

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 3 Cornell, Jan. 4 Colgate, Jan. 10 at Harvard, Jan. 11 at Dartmouth, Jan. 17 St. Lawrence, Jan. 18 Clarkson. (Broadcasts on The Ivy League® Digital Network to be announced.)

The Big Red (10-1-2) are ranked No. 3 again this week in both the poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings. Cornell (6-0-2 ECAC, 2-0-1 Ivy) suffered its lone setback of the season when it lost to sixth-ranked Boston College two weeks ago at home, 4-1. Cornell features three of the top six scorers in the nation. Junior Emily Fulton leads the country in points per game at 1.85. She has 24 points in 13 games (8g, 16 a). Jessica Campbell and Jillian Saulnier are tied for fifth at 1.54 points per game. Campbell has 20 points on seven goals and 13 assists, while Saulnier has 12 goals and eight assists to account for her 20 points. Saulnier leads the nation in goals per game at 0.92, while Fulton leads in assists per contest at 1.23. That trio is a big reason why Cornell is No. 2 in the nation in scoring at 4.08 goals per contest. The Big Red own the top-rated power play unit in the country, going 19-for-62 thus far (30.6 percent). Sophomore Cassandra Poudrier has five of those power play markers, which is tied for the most in the nation. After playing Harvard to a 3-3 tie in Cambridge back on Nov. 15, the two powers will collide again in Ithaca on Jan. 18.

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 3 at Brown, Jan. 4 at Yale, Jan. 10 at Mercyhurst, Jan. 11 at Mercyhurst, Jan. 17 Dartmouth, Jan. 18 Harvard. (Broadcasts on The Ivy League® Digital Network to be announced.)

The Big Green (2-11-0, 2-7-0 ECAC, 0-3-0 Ivy) have lost five straight heading into the holiday break, including a 1-0 overtime loss last night against rival Vermont. Sophomore Lindsey Allen leads Dartmouth in scoring with eight points on a team-high six goals and two assists. Three of her six tallies have come on the power play this season. However, she has accounted for six of the League-low 16 goals that the team has scored in its first 13 games. The shutout loss to the Catamounts marked the fourth time Dartmouth has been held scoreless this season. One bright spot for the Big Green has been their penalty killing unit. Dartmouth is eight in the nation in killing off the advantage (89.2 percent, 58-for-65) and killed off all six chances successfully last night against Vermont. 

Upcoming Schedule: Dec. 31 Providence, Jan. 4 at Boston University, Jan. 10 Yale, Jan. 11 Brown, Jan. 17 at Cornell, Jan. 18 at Colgate. (Broadcasts on The Ivy League® Digital Network to be announced.)

Harvard's current nine-game unbeaten streak is tied for the second longest in the nation. The Crimson (9-1-2, 7-1-1 ECAC, 2-0-1 Ivy) are doing it with defense. Harvard, ranked No. 5 this week in and No. 4 in USA Hockey, has allowed just 11 goals in 12 games this season -- three of those goals coming against Cornell. Since then, the Crimson has allowed just two goals over the last five games. Sophomore Emerance Maschmeyer is a big part of that. Maschmeyer has a 1.08 GAA and a .964 save percentage (tops in the nation) in her 10 appearances. She had 51 saves in a 1-1 tie with city-rival Boston College last weekend. In keeping with the defensive theme, the Crimson has the No. 1 penalty killing unit in the country, having eliminated the advantage successfully 62 out of 63 opportunities. Cornell, with the No. 1 power play in the country, is the only team to break that perfection. The Crimson can score, too, though. Harvard has 36 goals in 12 games this season. Four different players have five or more goals thus far, led by sophomore Miye D'Oench with seven. D'Oench leads the team in scoring with 12 points (7g, 5a).   

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 2 Northeastern (at Fenway Park), Jan. 7 at UConn, Jan. 10 Brown, Jan. 11 Yale, Jan. 17 at Colgate, Jan. 18 at Cornell.  (Broadcasts on The Ivy League® Digital Network to be announced.)

The Tigers (7-6-2, 6-4-1 ECAC, 3-2-0 Ivy) went into the holiday break on a high note, sweeping Rensselaer and Union at home last weekend by identical 4-1 scores. That snapped a six-game winless skid for the Tigers in a brutal stretch of schedule that included five games against ranked teams (among them a weekend trip to top-ranked Minnesota). Princeton has had a balanced scoring attack this season with seven players tallying eight or more points thus far. Denna Laing leads the team with 11 points (4g, 7a), followed closely behind by leading goal-scorer Olivia Mucha with 10 points. Mucha has a team-best seven goals despite missing three games. The Tigers lead the League and are tied for third nationally in shorthanded goals with five thus far. Halfway through the League slate, the Tigers have the top spot in the standings and will play four of their remaining five Ivy games at Baker Rink. 

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 2 UConn, Jan. 3 UConn, Jan. 7 at Quinnipiac, Jan. 10 at Union, Jan. 11 Rensselaer.  (Broadcasts on The Ivy League® Digital Network to be announced.)

The Bulldogs (4-8-1, 2-3-1 ECAC, 0-1-0 Ivy) lost their first five games to open the season, but have come around since then. In the last month, Yale is 4-3-1 with two of the losses coming to top-ranked Minnesota. Jamie Leonoff's 440 saves are the third-most in the country. In nine of her 13 outings thus far, Leonoff has made 30 or more stops. Meanwhile, freshman Phoebe Staenz is making a great first impression. Staenz is second in nation in points per game by a rookie, sitting at 1.45 per game. She leads the team in goals (7), assists (9) and points (16). Last weekend, she scored four times in Yale's 5-1 win over Providence and now has nine points in her last three games. In fact, 14 of her 16 points have come in the eight-game turnaorund. 

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 3 Colgate, Jan. 4 Cornell, Jan. 10 at Dartmouth, Jan. 11 at Harvard, Jan. 17 Clarkson, Jan. 18 St. Lawrence. (Broadcasts on The Ivy League® Digital Network to be announced.)