Third Period Flurry Sends No. 9 Women’s Hockey Past Colgate, 4-0

Third Period Flurry Sends No. 9 Women’s Hockey Past Colgate, 4-0

Lyndsey Fry netted a goal and two assists in a 4-0 win over Colgate Saturday (Gil Talbot).

Clinging to a one-goal lead heading into the third period, the No. 9 Harvard women's hockey team netted three insurance goals, including two in the first minute of the period, to top Colgate, 4-0, Saturday at Bright Hockey Center. The shutout is Harvard's (12-6-1, 9-4-1 ECAC) second against Colgate (8-16-1, 3-10-1 ECAC) this season, as the Crimson won the first game in the series, 2-0. 

After two periods of play passed with a multitude of penalties and just one goal, Harvard cleared its throat and gained significant breathing room in the opening minute of the third. Lyndsey Fry carried the puck behind the Colgate net and handed it off to Jillian Dempsey. The junior proceeded to slip a pass to Gina McDonald, and the sophomore's shot bested goalie Kimberly Sass for a 2-0 lead just 17 seconds into the period. Before the crowd was finished celebrating, Harvard scored again, with Dempsey sneaking a shot past Sass on an unassisted effort 15 seconds later. 

Both teams took a pair of penalties down the stretch in the third, but Harvard would add one more before the final buzzer. Josephine Pucci jostled the puck away from a Colgate skater and fed Fry who sped down the ice and into the Colgate zone. Fry got the puck back to Pucci on a well-timed pass and all Pucci had to do was redirect the puck into the open net to cap the 4-0 final.  

The Crimson defense was rock solid early, holding Colgate without a shot through the first 12 minutes of the contest. Harvard managed a few chances on Sass but came up empty, even on an early power play. It looked as though the teams would enter the first break in a 0-0 deadlock, but the hosts broke through with just over a minute to play in the first period. 

Kalley Armstrong gathered the puck near the penalty box and worked down the boards until she was even with the faceoff circle in the Colgate zone. Armstrong whipped the puck back to a charging Marissa Gedman, and while Gedman's shot was turned away by Sass, Fry was there to put home the rebound for a 1-0 lead at 18:56 of the first.

The Crimson racked up four penalties in the second period but the penalty kill unit was flawless, keeping Colgate out of the offensive zone and even creating a few looks on the Raider net. Colgate was whistled for a pair of penalties as well in the second, but the puck stayed out of the net and Harvard took its 1-0 lead into the third. 

Fry finished the game with three points on a goal and two assists, while Dempsey also tallied a multi-point game with a goal and a helper. Laura Bellamy turned away 20 Raider shots for her third shutout of the season and second in the past four games. For the game, the Crimson outshot the Raiders, 35-20.

Harvard hits the road in its next game when it travels to New Haven, Conn., Friday for a 7 p.m., showdown with Ivy rival Yale.