Goaltenders, Dempsey Key to Women's Hockey's Hot Start

Published by Kelley Guinn McArtor on January 08, 2013 at 3:12AM

With the men’s ice hockey team skating on thin ice in recent matchups, the women’s team continues to dominate on the national level with a staggering 11-1-1 overall record. The Crimson has yet to fall to a conference opponent, going 9-0-0 in the ECAC.

Three Harvard standouts have been critical to the team’s success, and have found their way into the national rankings as a result. Co-captain goaltender Laura Bellamy leads the country in goals against average, having allowed a total of four goals against this season. The senior also ranks No. 1 in the NCAA in save percentage (.967).

Freshman goalie Emerance Maschmeyer joins her teammate in the NCAA rankings coming in at No. 3 in GAA (0.99) and No. 4 in save percentage (.943). The freshman has not suffered a loss in goal thus far.

If there was a player who could beat Bellamy, it might be her co-captain. Co-captain forward Jillian Dempsey not only leads the Crimson with 16 goals this season, but the senior also leads the nation in goals per game (1.33). Dempsey is also No. 2 in the NCAA with an average of 2.5 points per game.

Dempsey registered two goals and three assists in Harvard’s last matchup against RPI on Saturday. Maschmeyer registered 19 saves against the Engineers.