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Offensive Outburst Puts No. 4 Harvard Women’s Hockey Past Union, 9-0

Fry scored twice in Harvard's 9-0 rout of Union Friday night (photo Gil Talbot).

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. –
 Seven different Harvard women's hockey skaters scored and Laura Bellamy and Molly Tissenbaum combined for a shutout to give the No. 4 Crimson a 9-0 victory over Union at the Achilles Center Friday night. Harvard used a powerful second period in which it scored five times, including two apiece from Jillian Dempsey and Lyndsey Fry, to cruise past the Dutchwomen. The nine-goal differential is Harvard's best of the 2012-13 season.

Dempsey ended with five points (2 goals, 3 assists) on the night, to tie her career high and extend her point streak to 26 games, while Fry picked up three (2 goals, 1 assist) and Hillary Crowe chipped in two (2 assists). Dempsey, a senior co-captain, moved to No. 1 in the nation in goals per game (1.33) and No. 2 in points per game (2.5) with the high-powered day.

Harvard (10-1-1, 8-0-0 ECAC) opened the scoring at the 8:02 mark of the initial period on a tally from Miye D'Oench. Her classmate Mary Parker took a shot from inside the left circle after receiving a short feed from Hillary Crowe. Parker's shot was saved, initially, before it trickled to the other side of the net and D'Oench put it past Union's Shenae Lundberg. The score gave the New York, N.Y., native a goal in three consecutive games for the first time in her career.

The Crimson padded its first-period lead when Samantha Reber snapped a wrist shot off the right post and in. Reber caused a Union (5-10-3, 0-6-3 ECAC) turnover at the blue line before skating into the zone and firing from the left side for the unassisted marker at 16:41.

Harvard owned the pace in the first period, putting 12 shots on goal compared to three for Union, before proceeding to dominate the following frame. The Crimson ripped 18 shots in the second period and scored five goals over the course of the 20 minutes to produce its highest scoring period since a seven-goal stanza Feb. 4, 2011 against Princeton.

Michelle Picard started the scoring at 2:27 with a top-shelf wrister over the stickhand shoulder of Lundberg. The sophomore defender's first career goal put the Crimson on a quick scoring spree. Harvard scored a total of four goals in the next 3:29 minutes to push the lead to 6-0. Dempsey had the team's fourth on an unassisted score after picking up a loose puck, Lyndsey Fry completed a beautiful passing play from Romatoski to Dempsey to the junior that covered nearly the entire length of the ice for the fifth, and Dempsey scored the sixth just five seconds after a Union timeout.

Harvard's sixth score, which was Dempsey's second, forced the Dutchwomen to change goalies. Union pulled Lundberg, the reigning ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month, in favor of freshman Madeleine Dahl.

The change slowed down the Crimson for a few shots, but Harvard would get back on the board at 15:33 with Fry's second goal of the game. The Chandler, Ariz., native flicked a backhand shot from just outside the crease to extend the Crimson's lead to 7-0 entering the second intermission.

The Crimson added two more in the third period to come up with the 9-0 final. Abigail Harris netted the first of her career and Kelsey Romatoski became the seventh skater, and third defender, to give Harvard goals.

Harvard outshot Union, 42-13, on the night. Bellamy made nine saves through two periods and Tissenbaum stopped four Dutchwomen attempts, including a nice pad-save with her outstretched leg, to preserve the shutout.

The 2013 portion of the season continues tomorrow as Harvard visits RPI in ECAC action at 4 p.m. Rensselaer topped Dartmouth, 2-1, tonight.

Game Notes
Harvard is now 19-0-0 all-time against Union … Harvard's seven game unbeaten streak is the third longest active streak in the country … Lyndsey Fry is No. 2 in the country in points per game (1.73) and No. 9 in goals per game (0.82) … Dempsey also ranks No. 6 in assists per game (1.17) to go along with her No. 1 standing in goals per game and No. 2 in points per game … Dempsey now has four multi-goal games this season and Fry has three … Harvard increased its scoring average to 4.5, good for tied for third in the nation … The Crimson killed one penalty to move its No. 2-ranked penalty kill to 94.9% (37/39) … Laura Bellamy increased her national-leading numbers in goals-against average (0.60) and save percentage (.967) … Molly Tissenbaum's first career save came after playing in goal for over 14 minutes … The Crimson had to serve just two minutes in the box, tying its lowest amount of the season … All nine Harvard goals were at even strength as Union did not commit a penalty… Harvard has reached a No. 4 ranking in the polls for the first time since the 2009-10 season … Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard's Women's Ice Hockey, moves to within 12 wins of 400 for her career. She currently stands 388-165-32 and is the winningest coach in Division I women's hockey history.