Laing got the call in net for the Crimson and did not disappoint in her debut, steering away 21 shots in the shutout. (Harvard Athletics).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Brianna Laing turned away 21 shots in her collegiate debut, leading the way for the Harvard women's hockey team to capture a 2-0 win over Colgate on Saturday evening in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. In her first ever start, Laing recorded the first shutout of her career and the fourth of the season for the Crimson (6-1-1, 6-1-1 ECAC).
Though the contest was limited in scoring, there was no shortage of chances. Each team reeled off 21 shots on net, but Laing's ability to keep Raider pucks from finding the back of it kept the Crimson ahead. In the first period, Natasha Rachline made it easy for Laing and the Crimson defense to breathe. The freshman notched her first career goal with a wrist shot from the right circle off a well-set up play from Mary Parker. Parker wrapped around Susan Allen in goal and found Rachlin waiting with no one around, before she sent one in near side to bump the Crimson up, 1-0, just over halfway through the opening period.
After only seeing five shots in the first, Laing was peppered by the Raiders in the second frame, facing 10 shots on target, but stood tall. The Crimson, on the other hand, only put five shots on net in the slow-moving period, which kept things at 1-0 as the final stanza rolled around.
In the third, both teams combined for five penalties, but neither squad relented on the kill. After more than 16 minutes of up-and-down-the-ice action, Sydney Daniels lit the lamp once again for the Crimson. After Sarah Edney began the rush from the Harvard zone, Miye D'Oench swiftly moved through the Raiders' defense, attracting attention away from Daniels. D'Oench fed a quick pass to her linemate, which Daniels buried with ease past Allen to put the Crimson up a decisive 2-0.
Not much action ensued in the final four minutes of play, allowing Harvard to skate away with its sixth victory of the season, its fourth while not allowing a single goal. The Crimson return to the ice in a weel's time, welcoming in Boston University on Nov. 22 for its first nonconference game of 2013-14.