No. 2/3 Harvard Breezes Past UConn, 5-1, to Run Unbeaten Streak to 11
Margaret Chute scored her first goal of the season to help lead the Crimson past the Huskies (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jillian Dempsey led the way with two goals and the No. 2/3 Harvard women's ice hockey team cruised to a 5-1 win over Connecticut Tuesday night at Bright Hockey Center. Kalley Armstrong and Lyndsey Fry also produced multiple points for the Crimson, as the juniors combined for five assists.
Dempsey moved her nation-leading point streak to 30 games, a career high, as the Crimson played its eleventh straight game without a loss (10-0-1), the third longest active run in the country. Harvard also pushed its non-conference record to 2-1-1 this season. Laura Bellamy picked up her team-leading eighth win of the season, stopping five shots on the night, while Molly Tissenbaum played the third period in net and made four saves.
Harvard needed just eight seconds to get a lead over Connecticut, as Dempsey found the back of the net on the Crimson's first trip down the ice. Kalley Armstrong won the initial faceoff, and Lyndsey Fry advanced the puck past the blue line. The junior left it back for Dempsey, who fired past the Huskie's Sarah Moses.
The Crimson added its second score 5:05 after the first, but UConn answered with its own goal at the 15:23 mark. Kaitlin Spurling finished from the right circle after Mary Parker forced a Connecticut turnover for her fourth of the season to give Harvard a two-goal advantage.
Connecticut stuggled to put shots on goal, as Harvard sent 16 on net before UConn could get one; however, the Huskies eventually broke through when Harvard failed to clear the puck from behind its own net. A backhand pass hit UConn's Kayla Campero and deflected to Caitlin Hewes, who quickly converted from just outside the right side of the crease.
The Crimson continued to control possession and the pace of play in the first period, outshooting the Huskies, 21-4. Harvard had numerous open looks in the first 20 minutes, but UConn's Moses kept the Huskies within striking distance with a well-played first.
Dempsey struck again 5:30 into the second to help Harvard begin to pull away. Sarah Edney took a shot from the point that hit the post and continued to bounce in the crease. Dempsey knocked the hopping puck into the right side of the net as UConn's goalie was stuck on the left.
The Crimson extended the advantage to three as Michelle Picard got into the scoring 2:50 later after a nifty passing play up the ice from Fry and Armstrong. The trio went stick-to-stick-to-stick around the left dot before Picard put it through the five-hole.
Senior Margaret Chute capped the scoring with her first goal of the season. The senior caught the puck in front of the net on a feed from Armstrong and backhanded it into the top of the cage with 7:59 remaining in the game.
Harvard continues its five-game home stretch Friday night against Rennselaer at 7 p.m. before concluding it against Union Saturday at 4 p.m.
Harvard has won three straight matchups against the Huskies and leads the all-time series 13-3-0 ... Since the teams first met in 1980, the Crimson has outscored Connecticut, 96-27 ... The Crimson is ranked No. 2 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings and No. 3 in the USCHO poll ... Harvard has allowed just 0.69 goals per game to rank first in the country in scoring defense ... Harvard is the only team in the NCAA to not have allowed more than two goals in a single game this season ... Harvard is undefeated when leading after one period (13-0-0), leading after two periods (12-0-0), scoring first (14-0-1), outshooting opponents (13-0-1), scoring three or more goals (10-0-0), in night games (9-0-0) ... The Crimson is now 2-1-1 against Hockey East teams this season ... Armstrong's three assists tie her career high ... Bellamy ended her streak of 100+ minutes in goal without allowing a goal, her third such run this season ... Harvard upped its nation-leading penalty kill to 52-of-54 killed (96.3%).