End of term women’s hockey at Clarkson, St. Lawrence

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard Crimson (3-7-2, 2-4-2 ECAC) will be right back in the ECAC game this weekend when he travels to upstate New York to take on 11/11 Clarkson and NR/RV St. to compete with Lawrence. The Crimson are coming off a four-game non-conference stretch in which they went 1-3 and defeated rivals Hockey East, New Hampshire, 1-0 to earn their third win of the 2022-23 season.

After eight ECAC games, the Crimson sit fifth in the conference with their first opponent of the weekend, Clarkson, as both teams have nine league points. After losing two games to Quinnipiac and Princeton, St. Lawrence sits seventh in the conference with six points.

Those two competitions will be the last games for the Crimson before the team heads off for the finals and winter break.

scouting the competition

The Clarkson Golden Knights will be the Crimson in Game #21 for the team in 2022-23. The Knights have the second-most wins in women’s collegiate hockey while having the second-most games played up to this point in the season.

Clarkson is also coming off a non-conference series in a breakup from Maine. Clarkson scored a season-high eight goals in the win over the Black Bears before losing a 4-5 fight in the second game of the set.

Clarkson’s top-flight offense at No. 11 is aided by defense at No. 9 nationally. However, the Golden Knights are vulnerable on the power play, where they have given up 12 goals and allowed a .226 opponent percentage.

St Lawrence will also return to ECAC action after a weekend series at Mercyhurst. The Saints shared a series with the Lakers, losing 4-6 before winning the second game 5-2. The Saints own an 8-10-0 record with four shutouts, the eighth-highest overall in the nation. His scoring offense (2.72 gpg) and scoring defense (2.56) place the Saints No. 14 and No. 22 in the nation.


out last time

Harvard played two games against Hockey East opponents last week and fell to Boston College before beating New Hampshire 1-0 to earn the team’s first non-ECAC win. The Crimson scored two goals, one after the other Gabi Davidson Adams and the other through Paige Lesterin the competitions.

goalkeeper Alex Pellicci made 43 and 34 saves in the two competitions, respectively, bringing her season total to 455. The win over New Hampshire came in shutout fashion, the Crimson’s third such win this season. All three Harvard wins came from the 2022-23 shutout.

Della Rovere among the leaders in face-off victories

first line center, Kristin Della RovereSo far this season he has dominated the face-off circle and has scored 213 victories to the point. Their win ratio of 0.627 is good for 14-best in the country among qualified centers (75 or more attempts).

Despite playing fewer games, Della Rovere still sits fourth in the nation with a total of 213 faceoff wins. The senior captain has also won 10 or more draws in 11 straight games, the longest streak of its kind in her career.

As a team, Harvard ranks fourth in the ECAC with a .525 pct.

Penalty Kill ability

Harvard was solid on penalties in 2022, keeping opponents to just five goals in 35 power plays. The brand is good for Fitth in the conference and is No. 14 in the nation.

Pellicci Solid between the tubes

second goalkeeper, Alex Pelliccihas started every game for the Crimson at the net and given the group excellent goalkeeping efforts so far in 2022-23.

Pellicci has held 40-plus shots six times this season and 50-plus shots in two competitions. Her 54 and 51 save games make her the second goaltender from Crimson to record two save games with more than 50 records in the same season in program history. Her 54 saves against Yale were also the third-most all-time for a Crimson goaltender.

Their total retention of 455 is the second highest in the nation and their retention percentage of 0.925 is good for #22 in the country.

Pellicci is on track to make 1,100 saves in 2022, which would break the 927 season record set by Lindsay Reed in 2018-19.

Lester leads the nation

Sophomore forward Paige Lester has scored two shorthanded goals this season, the most in the nation with seven other players. Lester is also only the fourth Harvard student-athlete to achieve the feat in the past decade.

Lester’s goal with a man down against UNH was also the winning goal. This is only the third time in the last decade the feat has been accomplished and the first since Dominique Petrie ’21 made it against Union in 2019-20.

Davidson Adams is dangerous

sophomore forward, Gabi Davidson AdamsShe has started to find her rhythm as she gets more playing time in 2022-23. The winger has five points this season and is currently second in the team with four goals scored. GDA lit the lamp against Boston College (Nov. 22) after scoring goals in back-to-back competitions against Union (Nov. 4) and RPI (Nov. 5).

Youngest team in the nation

77 percent of Crimson skaters are sophomores or first-years, giving them the highest percentage of underclass skaters in ECAC and the nation. Cornell and Union are the only schools close to Harvard, having 70 and 68 percent of grades in the undergraduate category, respectively.

Historically successful

Harvard has had a major winning streak against St. Lawrence in series history. Overall, Harvard possesses a 43-17-9 advantage over the Saints. More recently, the Crimson has built a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) dating back to 2017-18. For the past ten seasons, Harvard is 9-5-3 when facing the Saints.

Meanwhile, in the series against Clarkson, the Crimson won the final matchup in 2021-22 to earn a seven-game sled against the ECAC nemesis. Harvard still has a 19-17-5 all-time streak advantage with the Golden Knights

NEXT

Harvard women’s hockey will be on hiatus for the winter break before resuming in the spring semester. Harvard will have over a month to rest and recover before returning to action on January 7, 2023 at Fenway Park to face off against Quinnipiac in the 2023 edition of Frozen Fenway.

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