Dempsey Earns ECAC Player of the Week, Month Awards

Dempsey led all Harvard players in points in the month of February (Gil Talbot).

Junior forward Jillian Dempsey of the Harvard women’s hockey team has been named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week and Player of the Month, the league announced last week. The Player of the Week nod is Dempsey’s third of the 2011-12 season, and the Player of the Month award is the first of Dempsey’s career.

Dempsey led all Crimson players with 20 points (12g, 8a) in February, including two hat tricks, two shorthanded goals and four power-play strikes. Her five goals against Princeton Feb. 4 were one short of the NCAA record for goals in a game, held by former Harvard great Nicole Corriero and Minnesota Duluth’s Jenny Potter. In the history of the program, a Harvard player had scored five goals in a game only six times before Dempsey’s showing. The last was 2008 Patty Kazmaier winner Sarah Vaillancourt, scoring a quintet against Cornell Feb. 9, 2007.

In the ECAC quarterfinal matchup against Princeton, Dempsey was integral in Harvard’s success. She picked up an assist in Game 1, helping linemate Lyndsey Fry collect her second-straight hat trick in a 5-3 victory over the Tigers. Game 2 saw Dempsey score all three Harvard goals in regulation for her second hat trick of the season and the Crimson’s third in three games. She also dished out the primary assist on Marissa Gedman’s game-winning strike in overtime to clinch a semifinal berth.