Women’s Hockey Takes Quarterfinal Series Lead With 6-1 Win Over St. Lawrence

Laura Bellamy posted 29 saves in the opening game of the ECAC quarterfinals against St. Lawrence (Kevin Burns).

Katey Stone Postgame Press Conference

Jillian Dempsey Postgame Press Conference

A four-goal first period proved to be all Harvard needed as the second-seeded Crimson women's hockey team took a 1-0 series lead in the ECAC quarterfinals via a 6-1 win over seventh-seed St. Lawrence Friday at Bright Hockey Center. The victory pushes Harvard's overall record to 16-10-4 on the season while St. Lawrence dips to 16-17-2 overall. 

The hosts wasted little time establishing the pace of the game, netting the game's first goal just 1:28 into the first period. Marissa Gedman fired a shot on net and Lyndey Fry's redirect hit St. Lawrence goalie Maxie Weisz and trickled to her left. Jillian Dempsey was waiting on the doorstep to put away the rebound for her 11th tally of the season. Josephine Pucci pushed the score to 2-0 at the 6:55 mark, taking a long pass from Kate Buesser and beating Weisz on a one-on-one situation.

Elizabeth Parker got in on the scoring 11:22 into the first, netting the third score of her rookie season. Alisa Baumgartner fired a Leanna Coskren feed on net and Parker tipped the shot past Weisz before she could get a glove on it, giving Harvard a 3-0 lead. Whitney Kennedy made it 4-0 at 12:31, converting feeds from Kalley Armstrong and Gedman. Vanessa Emond got the guests on the board on St. Lawrence's second power-play of the game, as the first period ended with Harvard up 4-1.

St. Lawrence outshot the Crimson 14-8 in the second period, but the Crimson deftly killed off a 5-on-3 situation to maintain its three-goal cushion.

After a quiet second period, the Crimson found the scoresheet again in the third to extend its lead even further. Just past the midway point of the final frame, Liza Ryabkina collected a puck in the St. Lawrence zone and after her shot was blocked, Dempsey picked up the puck and put a nifty move on Weisz, depositing her second goal of the game at 12:45. Katharine Chute added an empty-net goal for Harvard at 15:51, sealing the 6-1 final.

Dempsey notched her third multi-goal game of the season and seventh-multi-point performance in 2010-11. Gedman finished with a pair of assists, matching her career high which she posted in the season opener against Yale. Buesser also tallied a pair of assists in the win and goalie Laura Bellamy posted 29 saves for her 15th victory of the season.

Harvard will look to wrap up the quarterfinal series tomorrow as it takes on the Saints in a 3p.m. game.