Laura Bellamy made 25 saves to earn her third shutout victory of 2012-13 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 5/6 Harvard women's hockey team scored three first-period goals and dominated on the defensive end en route to a 6-0 win over Dartmouth at Bright Hockey Center Friday night to stay unbeaten and untied in ECAC play.
Lyndsey Fry paced the team with two goals and one assist, while Jillian Dempsey extended her points streak to 23 games with one goal and two assists for the Crimson (8-1-0, 7-0-0). Hillary Crowe, Samantha Reber and Gina McDonald all added single tallies, and Laura Bellamy made 25 saves to record her third shutout of the season and reclaim the top spot in the nation in goals-against average. Harvard also killed off all 10 of Dartmouth's power-play chances to up its season total to 32 of 34 penalties killed.
The Crimson stormed out of the gates in the opening period, finding the back of the net three times to build an insurmountable lead on the strength of a dominating defensive performance, holding the Big Green without a shot on net for the first 18 minutes of the game.
Harvard got things started after a turnover just inside the Dartmouth zone as Dempsey stole the puck, skated in and tried to deke Dartmouth netminder Lindsay Holdcroft on a breakaway; however, Holdcroft was able to make the initial save. The rebound was left unattended in front of the net, and Fry buried it in the back of the goal for her sixth goal of the season just 5:01 into the contest.
The pair connected again just eight seconds after Harvard went onto the power play. Harvard won the draw, and Dempsey received a pass behind the net and found Fry camped out in front. The junior fired into the lower lect corner for her second tally of the evening at the 10:23 mark.
The offensive onslaught continued just over two minutes later as Crowe got in on the action. Reber carried the puck from Harvard's end of the ice down and around the Big Green goal before sending a pass across the face of the crease to Crowe hugging the left post, and the sophomore banged it home for her third goal of the season.
In the second period, Harvard's defense continued to dominate on the penalty kill, erasing all five power plays in the period, including a pair of two-woman advantages.
After working off all the penalties, Harvard got on the board yet again as Fry returned the favor for Dempsey. The Arizona native scooped up the puck behind the net and dished a back-handed pass to Dempsey who scored for the ninth time on the year with just 1:29 remaining in the second.
It didn't take long for Harvard to strike again after the intermission, scoring just 1:49 into the third. Crowe and Reber worked a give-and-go that saw Crowe's shot's rebound corralled and sent home by Reber for her second goal of the year.
Harvard struck for the final time short-handed midway through the third. McDonald stole the puck after the faceoff immediately following the penalty and beat everyone down the ice with the puck before firing a shot underneath Holdcroft's glove to cap the scoring.
Harvard returns to action tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. in an exhibition against the Russia.
- Harvard's penalty kill moved up to No. 2 in the nation at 94.1% (32-of-34).
- Laura Bellamy moved up to No. 1 in the nation in save percentage (.968) and goals-against average (0.60). She passed teammate Emerance Maschmeyer who had previously led the country in GAA at 0.75.
- Bellamy is now fifth in the country in shutouts with three in just five games. All four goalies in front of the Duluth, Minn., native have played at least eight contests.
- Jillian Dempsey pushes her career-high point streak to 23 games. She also ranks fourth in the nation with 2.22 points per game.