Women's Hockey Stumbles at No. 8 Harvard
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (2/4/12) - The No. 8 Harvard women's hockey team thwarted Princeton's chance at a weekend of sweep of two top-10 teams as the Crimson handed the Tigers a 10-1 loss at Bright Hockey Arena.
Junior Corey Stearns, who scored the game-winning goal over No. 10 Dartmouth last night, scored the opening goal to give the Princeton women's hockey team a 1-0 lead just 1:29 into the game. Senior Paula Romanchuk would get the assist
Harvard scored seven goals in the second period and added three more goal in the final frame. Jillian Dempsey scored half of her teams goals, and started her team's offensive outburst with three straight for the natural hat trick.
Freshman Ashley Holt played in her first career game in net, as she started and played the third period. She made 12 saves on 15 shots. Senior Rachel Weber made 20 saves in the first two periods, before Holt came in on relief.
Harvard netminder Laura Bellamy stopped 14 shots to help her team improve to 16-7-1 overall and 13-4-1 in the ECAC.
Princeton falls to 10-11-4 overall and 8-8-2 in league play. The Tigers begin a four-game homestand next weekend when they host Clarkson & St. Lawrence on Feb. 10 & 11.
The teams played most of the third without a goal, but with just over three minutes to play, the Crimson went back to work. Samantha Reber one-timed a Fry pass home from right in front of the Princeton goal at 16:57 and Hillary Crowe stretched the lead to 9-1 with an unassisted tally at 17:58. Dempsey collected her fifth of the night on a savvy redirect with just 41 seconds to play.
The Crimson found itself in a hole early as the Tigers struck just 1:29 into the game to take a 1-0 edge. Paula Romanchuk stripped the puck off a Crimson defender and slid a pass to linemate Corey Stearns who beat Laura Bellamy with a slapshot for her third goal of the season. The Crimson had a handful of good looks in the period, including a pair of power-play opportunities, but started the second with a one-goal deficit despite holding a 10-6 shots advantage.
Laura Bellamy allowed just the single goal and made 14 stops for her 16th win of the year and fifth-straight in conference play.
Harvard plays its last non-conference game of the regular season Tuesday when it takes on No. 4 Boston College in the Women’s Beanpot consolation game at 4 p.m., at Walter Brown Arena.