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Gedman’s Pair of Goals Helps No. 8 Women’s Hockey Past Rensselaer, 4-2

Marissa Gedman netted a pair of power-play goals in a 4-2 win over Rensselaer Friday (Gil Talbot).

Highlights: Harvard at Rensselaer Feb. 10, 2012

TROY, N.Y. –
Sophomore Marissa Gedman scored a pair of power-play goals in the second period as the No. 8 Harvard women's hockey team downed Rensselaer, 4-2, Friday night at Houston Field House. The Crimson (17-8-1, 14-4-1 ECAC) completes the season series sweep against the Engineers (8-19-4, 5-12-2 ECAC), and moves one step closer to securing home ice for the first round of the ECAC tournament.

After a pair of power-play chances eluded the Crimson in the first period, Harvard capitalized on both of its second-period power plays, extending its lead to 3-0 after two periods of play. A checking penalty on RPI 3:55 into the frame gave Harvard an extra skater and the Crimson took advantage 1:05 later. Kelsey Romatoski dished a pass to Kalley Armstrong just to the right of RPI goalie Kelly O'Brien. Armstrong redirected the pass back up top where Marissa Gedman wound up and fired a shot that snuck through for her sixth of the year exactly five minutes into the second.

Harvard found itself on the power play again four minutes later and it was Gedman once again providing the scoring stroke. Gina McDonald tipped the puck away from a bunch in front of the RPI net, back to Romatoski who was lurking in front of the blue line. Romatoski flipped a pass to her right to Gedman, and the sophomore fired true again, pushing the Harvard lead to 3-0 9:01 in. The Crimson squashed two more RPI power plays and entered the second break with a three-goal edge.

Lyndsey Fry stretched the Harvard lead to 4-0 early in the third period, capitalizing on a heads-up pass from Hilary Hayssen with 16:31 to play in the frame. The Engineers refused to go quietly, however, and got on the board when Laura Guillemette jumped on a fluky bounce off the back boards at 9:42. Taylor Horton Narrowed the gap to two from close range at 11:15 of the third, but that is as close as the Engineers would come. The final minutes of game were littered with penalties on both teams, but the Crimson stayed poised, ending the 4-2 win on a power play.   

The Crimson put on a defensive clinic on the first period, holding Rensselaer without a shot through the first 18:26 of the game, a span which included a pair of RPI power plays. Harvard was unable to capitalize on a brief five-on-three chance midway through the frame, but broke through at even strength with 5:14 left in the frame. An errant RPI pass made its way into the Rensselaer zone and Samantha Reber followed the play with vigor, holding up the puck. Jillian Dempsey came in for help and her chip from the left corner found Reber in the near faceoff circle and the rookie lifted home her sixth of the season.

Harvard wraps up its final road trip of the regular season tomorrow in Schenectady, N.Y., when it takes on Union in a 4 p.m. game.