Daniels had two goals for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Scoring early and often in its opening contest of the weekend, Harvard women's hockey skated to a 5-0 shutout over Yale on Friday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The shutout was the second of the year for the Crimson, while the five goals was one off its season high.
Senior Sydney Daniels led the Harvard offense with two goals, while junior Lexie Laing and senior Briana Mastel also tallied two points apiece. Laing joined sophomore Kate Hallett and junior Chelsea Ziadie with one goal each. Senior Brianna Laing earned her fourth victory and first shutout of the season between the pipes, making 28 saves.
Harvard scored first with a power play strike from Daniels at 6:14 in the first period. Laing carried the puck into the offensive zone for a shot on frame, where Daniels then slotted home the rebound to give Harvard a 1-0 lead. The assist was Laing's team-leading 13th of the season.
Daniels found the back of the net for the second time at 6:58 in the second period, giving her 11 goals on the season. After a deflection near the opposite blue line by sophomore Kaitlin Tse, Mastel carried the puck down the left side before swinging a pass in front to a charging Daniels for the goal. The multi-point outing was the 18th of Daniels' career, while she also moved into 15th on Harvard's career goals list with 59.
Nearly five minutes later, the lead was pushed to 3-0 when Hallett netted her third tally of the season. Sophomore Bradley Fusco intercepted a Yale pass and carried the puck around the back of the net before finding Hallett for a one-timer in the slot. The assist was Fusco's fourth of the season.
Adding a score before the second intermission, Mastel tallied her second assist of the game, and 12th of the season, when she tapped the puck to Ziadie for a shot in the slot that found the top left corner. Scoring for the third time in five games, the goal was Ziadie's third of the season. Freshman Ali Peper also picked up an assist on the play, her fourth of the year.
Harvard continued its attack in the third when senior Natasha Rachlin and freshman Kat Hughes played the puck to Laing in transition. Laing froze a pair of Yale defenseman before sniping a goal into the top corner, pushing the Crimson advantage to 5-0. Laing's seventh goal and 20th point of the season, Hughes and Rachlin notched their 10th and fourth assists, respectively.
The Crimson closes the regular season with senior day on Saturday, Feb. 18 when it welcomes Brown to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The game will kick off at 3 p.m., and will be broadcast on NESN and the Ivy League Digital Network.