Reber Leads Offense as Women’s Hockey Topples New Hampshire, 5-2

Reber Leads Offense as Women’s Hockey Topples New Hampshire, 5-2

Samantha Reber tallied a pair of goals in a 5-2 win over New Hampshire Friday night (Gil Talbot).

Highlights: Women's Hockey vs. New Hampshire

Katey Stone Postgame Comments

The Harvard women's hockey team jumped out to a 4-0 lead and cruised to a win over New Hampshire, 5-2, Friday night at Bright Hockey Center. Samantha Reber found the back of the net twice for the Crimson and Lyndsey Fry added a goal and two assists to help Harvard to the non-conference victory, wrapping up the 2011 portion of the schedule.

Harvard dominated the first period of action with 14 shots on goal, while limiting New Hampshire to just four. Jillian Dempsey got the scoring started early for the Crimson, 4:26 into the first frame. The tally from in front of the net off of an assist from Fry and Josephine Pucci was Dempsey's team-high ninth goal of the season. Kaitlin Spurling gave Harvard a two-goal lead when her shot from the left circle found its way past New Hampshire goalie Moe Bradley with 1:07 remaining in the first.

The Crimson kept up the heat in the second stanza, potting two more goals and taking a 4-1 edge into the final break. With 5:52 gone in the frame, Josephine Pucci slid a pass to Sarah Edney at the point and Edney fired a shot that was redirected by Reber past Bradley for a 3-0 lead.

Harvard was back at it three minutes later as Lyndsey Fry's impressive individual effort led to the hosts' fourth goal of the game. Fry collected a clearance pass from Michelle Picard in her own half of the ice, weaved into the UNH zone and waited out the Wildcat defense for the right angle, firing true from the right faceoff circle. Nicole Gifford got the guests on the board with her eighth goal of the season at 17:12 of the second to cut New Hampshire's deficit to three.

Reber scored for a second time when Fry sent the puck to the top of the crease and the game's first-star converted past a sprawling New Hampshire goalie with 7:46 gone in the third. New Hampshire managed one more tally on a late 5-on-3 opportunity, but it was all it could muster in the 5-2 defeat.

Laura Bellamy finished the game with 17 saves and improves her record to 8-4-0 on the season. The Crimson ends its 2011 portion of the schedule on a three-game winning streak.

Harvard's next game comes after the New Year when it takes on its third-straight Hockey East opponent Connecticut Jan. 3, 2012. The puck will drop in Storrs, Conn., at 7 p.m.