Dempsey's Goal Lifts No. 2/3 Harvard Past Union, 1-0
Jillian Dempsey accounted for the game's only goal to run Harvard's unbeaten streak to 13 games (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jillian Dempsey had the game's only tally, and the No. 2/3 Harvard Crimson relied on its defense for the second consecutive night en route to a 1-0 win over Union Saturday afternoon at Bright Hockey Center.
Dempsey, who saw her 30-game point streak snapped last night against RPI, started a new one Saturday, picking up a power play goal midway through the second period on assists by Sarah Edney and Samantha Reber to account for the game's only offense to extend Harvard's unbeaten run to 13 games (12-0-1). Laura Bellamy made seven saves in goal to blank the Dutchwomen for the second time this season and earn her 19th career shutout.
While only one goal was scored, the Crimson dominated possession of the puck for the majority of the opening frame but could not break through. Harvard fired 14 shots on net, compared to Union's 3; however, Union goaltender Shenae Lundberg proved to be up to the task, turning away each scoring opportunity.
Both offenses continued to struggle in the second period as Union had the best early opportunity to score, going on the power play 8:06 into the period. The Dutchwomen put two shots on goal during the two-minute span, but Bellamy made a pair of saves to keep the game scoreless and up Harvard's nation-leading penalty kill to 56-of-58 on the year.
The Crimson finally broke through on its first power-play opportunity of the afternoon. After working the puck around the zone, Edney fired a shot from just inside the blue line that bounced off Lundberg's pads right in front of the net. The senior co-captain was there to clean up the rebound and tally her team-leading 21st goal of the year with 4: 41 remaining in the period.
In the third, Harvard continued the offensive push but couldn't capitalize. The Crimson peppered Lundberg with nine shots in the period, but the sophomore repeatedly denied the scoring opportunities to keep the game close.
On the other end of the ice, Bellamy had few challenges. She turned away just one shot on goal in the final 20 minutes, while Union only created pressure in the final 30 seconds after pulling Lundberg and gaining an extra skater.
Harvard concludes the homestand with a 5-0 mark to improve to 9-0-0 at Bright Hockey Center this season and has now gone one full calendar year without dropping a contest at home.
The Crimson hits the road to take on Clarkson and St. Lawrence Jan. 25-26.
Harvard has outscored Union, 106-3, while winning all 20 meetings between the two programs ... Harvard has yet to trail in an ECAC contest this season ... Harvard has not allowed a third-period goal in 13 ECAC games, it is the only team to have blanked all of its opponents in any period ... During ECAC play, Harvard has scored more goals than opponents while the Crimson is on the penalty kill, outscoring opponents 3-1 ... Harvard is the only team in the NCAA to not have allowed more than two goals in a single game this season ... The Crimson is ranked No. 2 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings and No. 3 in the USCHO poll ... Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard's Women's Ice Hockey, moves to within six wins of 400 for her career. She currently stands 394-165-32 and is the winningest coach in Division I women's hockey history ... Harvard has won 15 consecutive games at home ... The Crimson has killed 35 straight penalties over the course of 10+ games dating back to Nov. 27 at Northeastern ... The one goal matched Harvard's lowest scoring output of the season.