Streak Alive at Five as Women’s Hockey Downs Brown, 4-0
Liza Ryabkina tallied a goal and an assist against the Bears (Gil Talbot).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A first period goal and an offensive outburst in the second highlighted a great performance as the Harvard women's hockey team earned its fifth-straight win, downing Brown, 4-0, Friday at Meehan Auditorium. Harvard maintains its second-place position in the ECAC standings with a 10-3-2 conference mark to go along with its 11-7-2 overall record.
With the victory, Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, posts her 350th career win, further distancing herself from the pack as the winningest coach in women's college hockey history.
After a number of good looks in the early going, the Crimson finally broke the ice on the game's first power-play. Jillian Dempsey picked the puck out of a scrum at the far side of the left faceoff circle and managed to put a back-handed shot on net. Brown goalie Katie Jamieson made the initial save but Liza Ryabkina was there to clean up the short-range rebound to give the Crimson a 1-0 lead at 10:27 of the first. Harvard fired an impressive 22 shots on net in the opening stanza.
Harvard wasted little time extending its lead to 2-0, recording its second goal just 1:09 into the second period. Once again it was Dempsey displaying the unselfish play as she controlled the puck in the Brown zone and fed Josephine Pucci who buried a mid-range shot for her sixth goal of the season.
The goals kept on coming as Harvard kept the pressure on. At the 14:30 mark of the second period, the Crimson struck again to push the score to 3-0. Marissa Gedman took a pass from Ryabkina and bested Jamieson top shelf for her third of the season. Just 1:10 later, on a 4-on-3 situation, Harvard picked up its second power-play tally from its fourth different goal-scorer of the game. Working the point to perfection, Pucci dished to Leanna Coskren who fed Kate Buesser for a one-timer that beat Jamieson to the near post.
Each team killed a handful of penalties in the third, but neither was able to muster a goal as the Crimson sealed the 4-0 win.
Harvard goalie Laura Bellamy made 25 saves while recording back-to-back shutouts for the first time in her career. With the clean sheet, Bellamy extends her current shutout streak to 131:32 minutes. For the second-straight game, the Crimson had four different players score goals and notched its third straight game with at least one power-play tally.
The Crimson wraps up its weekend of Ivy League action tomorrow when it travels to New Haven, Conn., to take on Yale in a 4 p.m. game.