Dempsey Lifts Women's Hockey to 5-1 Win at Providence

Dempsey Lifts Women's Hockey to 5-1 Win at Providence

Jillian Dempsey scores her first goal of the evening in a 5-1 win over Providence (Photo Courtesy: Todd Huxley Smith)

Highlights: Harvard at Providence Dec. 8, 2011

Jillian Dempsey Postgame Comments

The Harvard women's hockey team earned its first non-conference win of the season as the Crimson downed Providence, 5-1, Thursday night at Schneider Arena. Harvard improves to 7-4-0 on the season while Providence dips to 8-10-3 on the year.

Both teams took the first few minutes to get their bearings, but the Crimson was the first to string together some passes and found its way onto the scoreboard at 13:44. Samantha Reber collected the puck in her own zone and fed Jillian Dempsey, who bolted through neutral ice, dishing the puck to Lyndsey Fry at the last second. Fry put a shot on Providence goalie Genevieve Lacasse who made the initial save, but Dempsey was there to deposit the rebound on a backhand for a 1-0 lead.

Back-to-back Harvard penalties put the Crimson penalty kill to the test early, but Harvard was steady on the first kill and took to the offensive the next time around. A Providence player wound up for a slapshot from the blue line and Dempsey blocked the blast at point-blank range. The junior jumped on the ricochet and sped down the ice, besting Lacasse with another backhand for Harvard's first shorthanded score of the season at 8:15.

Elizabeth Parker got on the scoresheet just before the end of the period, puching home a short-range look for her fourth goal of the season, giving Harvard a 3-0 lead at the first intermission. Margaret Chute earned an assist on the play for her first point of the season, giving every Harvard player that has seen the ice at least one point this year.

Providence came out of the break with a chip on its shoulder and found its first score just 18 seconds into the second. Harvard has a response for the Friars' goal, tacking on a fourth tally with 3:32 gone in the frame. After an offensive flurry in the Friar zone, Kalley Armstrong found the puck on her stick and her slapper tipped off Lacasse's glove and trickled into the net for Harvard's second unassisted score of the night. Harvard successfully killed a third penalty in the final minutes of the second and took a 4-1 lead into the second intermission.

Another goal was scored right out of an intermission, but this time it was Harvard padding its lead. Sarah Edney dished a pass to Dempsey and after Dempsey couldn't get it past Lacasse, Fry lifted it past to push the Crimson lead to 5-1. Harvard continued to kill penalties in the back half of the period and the final buzzer sounded with the score 5-1 Harvard. 

Harvard is back on the ice tomorrow night as it squares off against its second Hockey East opponent in as many days, facing New Hampshire at Bright Hockey Center in a 7 p.m. game.