Kaitlin Spurling collected four points in the 8-0 win over Yale, narrowly missing a hat trick (Gil Talbot).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three first period goals proved to be more than enough as the No. 8/9 Harvard women's hockey team dominated play from start to finish in a 8-0 pounding of Yale Friday at Ingalls Rink. Harvard improves its overall record to 13-6-1 and its conference mark to 10-4-1 with the convincing win.
In all, seven different Harvard players scored in the game that saw the Crimson match its season-high for goals in a game. Goalie Laura Bellamy needed just nine saves to record her second consecutive shutout and fourth of the season. The nine shots allowed marked a season-best mark for the Crimson defense.
Harvard bolted out of the starting blocks, posting a pair of goals within the first 4:30 of the first period. Jillian Dempsey intercepted a clearing pass by a Bulldog defender in the offensive zone, dragged the puck to her backhand and lifted a shot past Jamie Leonoff for a quick 1-0 lead. Kaitlin Spurling followed suit just 46 seconds later, picking off a Yale clearing attempt and beating Leonoff for back-to-back unassisted scores.
The Crimson continued to dominate play in the first and with 5:48 left in the period, Spurling struck again, wristing a shot into the top corner for her second goal of the game. The guests finished the first with a 16-2 advantage in shots.
It was more of the same in the second as Gina McDonald stretched the Harvard lead to four with a goal just 2:50 into the frame. Seven minutes later, it was rookie Samantha Reber, attacking from the opposite side and netting her fourth goal of the season which forced Yale to make a goaltender change. Harvard continued to own the shots advantage, outshooting the hosts 17-3 in the second.
The Harvard offense was quiet through the first half of the final frame, but rediscovered its stride in the back half of the period, netting a trio of goals in the final nine minutes. Kalley Armstrong found the scoresheet at 11:07 of the third off passes from Hillary Crowe and Michelle Picard and Crowe netted her own goal just over two minutes later. Elizabeth Parker registered the final Harvard score, converting a pass from Alisa Baumgartner at 17:19.
Harvard is back in action tomorrow afternoon in a 4 p.m., showdown with Ivy foe Brown in Providence, R.I.