Power Play Working on All Cylinders as No. 6 Women's Hockey Defeats Yale, 4-3

Power Play Working on All Cylinders as No. 6 Women's Hockey  Defeats Yale, 4-3

Pictured: Randi Griffin scored a power-play goal at 19:39 of the first period.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography

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The sixth-ranked Harvard women’s hockey team, which scored three power-play goals, withstood a late surge by Yale, earning a 4-3 win against the Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at Bright Hockey Center. On Senior Day, four Harvard players chipped in with a goal, as Randi Griffin, Jillian Dempsey, Leanna Coskren and Kaitlin Spurling lit the lamp. Laura Bellamy made 15 saves, while Kylie Stephens recorded three stops to combine for the victory in net.

Harvard, which improves to 15-5-4 overall, 11-5-2 in ECAC Hockey and 6-2-2 in Ivy League action, earned a 5-on-3 power play late in the first period. The Crimson capitalized, as Griffin deflected a slap shot by Cori Bassett through Yale goaltender Jackee Snikeris’s legs at 19:39. Kathryn Farni was credited with the secondary assist on the play after grabbing control of a loose puck and swinging a pass to Bassett.

The Crimson opened the second period with another power-play tally, as Dempsey tipped in a rebound in front at 0:39. Kelsey Romatoski sent a pass in front and Liza Ryabkina placed a shot on goal. Dempsey corralled the puck and knocked it home, putting Harvard ahead, 2-1. After Yale (9-13-3, 7-10-1, 1-5-1) netted a power-play goal of its own at 3:39, Coskren notched Harvard’s next goal, also on a power play at 10:59. Buesser and Bassett earned assists on the third Crimson goal. Harvard continued its offensive surge at 13:36, as Spurling knocked in a one-timer after receiving a cross-ice pass from Romatoski, making it 4-1.

In the third, Bray Ketchum cut Harvard’s lead to 4-2, as she found the back of the net at 15:41. With time winding down, Yale pulled Snikeris, giving the Bulldogs an extra skater. Yale capitalized, as Samantha MacLean made it a one-goal game at 18:58. The Bulldogs managed two more shots in the third, but both were blocked as Harvard held on for the win.

Following the game, Bassett, Kathryn Farni, Grffin, Christina Kessler and Anna McDonald were honored for their playing careers at Harvard, including a video board presentation.

Harvard will return to action by hosting Northeastern in the championship game of the Beanpot Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m.