Lyndsey Fry collected her second-straight hat trick in a 5-3 win over Princeton Friday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore forward Lyndsey Fry collected her second consecutive hat trick as the No. 8 Harvard women's hockey team took down Princeton, 5-3, in an ECAC quarterfinal matchup Friday at Bright Hockey Center. The win gives Harvard (21-8-1, 17-4-1 ECAC) a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series against Princeton (12-14-4, 10-10-2 ECAC).
The third period began with Harvard holding a comfortable 3-1 lead, but things got ugly quickly for the hosts. Just 1:46 into the frame, Princeton's Denna Laing collected her second goal of the game to pull the Tigers within one. Just past the five minute mark of the third, the Tigers struck again, drawing even on the strength of a Brianna Leahy tally. Harvard goalie Laura Bellamy and the Crimson defense regained focus and stopped the Tigers on a number of good chances down the stretch, keeping the goal total at three despite being outshot, 12-7, in the period.
It was Fry to the rescue once again late in the final frame, as the sophomore collected her third goal of the game off a nifty backhand pass from Elizabeth Parker from behind the net at 16:06. Fry's third tally gave Harvard the lead for good, and a Gina McDonald empty-net tally with 44 seconds to play sealed the 5-3 victory.
A quick first period featured two Harvard goals, giving the hosts a 2-0 lead at the first break. Fry kept up her scoring streak, netting her 20th goal of the season 5:44 into the period. Jillian Dempsey received a pass from Marissa Gedman and fed a charging Fry right in front of the Princeton net. Fry received the pass and fired true past Tigers goalie Rachel Weber from close range. Josephine Pucci was responsible for the second Crimson goal, corralling a Sarah Edney pass in the middle of the blueline and blasting a long-distance shot that snuck by Weber on a screen at 15:39.
The Tigers killed their second penalty of the game in the early going of the second period and used the momentum to up the offensive pressure, finally breaking through at the 8:14 mark. Denna Laing jarred the puck loose near the Harvard net and a couple of fortunate bounces left the puck in the back of the Harvard net.
The Crimson returned the favor in the back half of the period, killing off its second penalty of the contest and getting a spectacular individual effort from Fry at 14:49. Samantha Reber flicked the puck onto Fry near the Princeton blueline, and the patient sniper Fry waited for a clear shot and fired true from the goalie's left for a 3-1 Harvard edge.
The Crimson is back in action tomorrow in Game 2 of the series against Princeton. The game is slated to start at 3 p.m.