Power Play Poise Gives No. 10 Women’s Hockey 6-1 Victory Over St. Lawrence

Power Play Poise Gives No. 10 Women’s Hockey 6-1 Victory Over St. Lawrence

Josephine Pucci tallied a goal and two assists in a 6-1 win over St. Lawrence (Gil Talbot).

The Harvard women's hockey team took full advantage of St. Lawrence penalties as the Crimson posted three power-play goals in five chances to claim a 6-1 win over the Saints Saturday at Bright Hockey Center. The victory gives Harvard its second season series sweep in as many days and ups it overall and conference mark to 5-1-0. 

The win also marks Harvard's fourth consecutive victory over the Saints by at least a five-goal margin, as Harvard has outscored St. Lawrence 27-6 in the teams' last four matchups.

The hosts jumped out to an early lead, scoring just 56 seconds into the opening frame. Sharpshooter Marissa Gedman corralled a puck towards the left side of the blueline and fired a shot that weaved through a host of players, beating Caitlyn Lahonen for a quick 1-0 edge. 

The Harvard power-play showed its effectiveness on its first chance of the day, giving Harvard a 2-0 lead at 9:09 of the first. Kelsey Romatoski, Samantha Reber and Sarah Edney worked the power play to perfection, with Edney firing a shot from the blueline that snuck past Lahonen for a 2-0 edge at the first break.

The Crimson offense kept on chugging in the second, posting three more goals, including two power-play markers, to take a commanding 5-0 lead into the final frame. Gina McDonald netted the Crimson's third goal of the game just 1:55 into the second period, capitalizing on a power-play off passes from Jillian Dempsey and Josephine Pucci. 

Kaitlin Spurling turned a great individual effort into the fourth goal of the game at the 3:28 mark, stripping a St. Lawrence player of the puck at mid-ice and feeding Elizabeth Parker, who blasted home her second tally of the season. Harvard made it three-for-three on the power play at 15:39 of the second as Pucci netted her first goal, and third point, of the contest after McDonald and Lyndsey Fry put touches on the puck.

St. Lawrence finally broke through late in the third period as Margo Lund picked up her second goal of the season, stuffing home a puck from close range after Jaqueline Wand and Jessica Hon assisted on the play. Harvard had a final answer almost four minutes later as Dempsey put home a Fry pass into an empty net to cap the 6-1 final. 

Bellamy was stellar once again for the Crimson, stopping 26 of the 27 shots she faced and helping Harvard go 8-for-8 on the penalty kill. Pucci was the game's scoring leader with a goal and two assists, while McDonald (1g, 1a), Fry (2a), and Dempsey (1g, 1a) all had two points in the game.

Harvard continues its home stretch with another league opponent, when it faces Dartmouth Wednesday in a 7:00 p.m., showdown.