Laing made 20 saves in the shutout win on Friday. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a tenuous start, the No. 5/5 Harvard women's hockey team used three second period goals – two from senior co-captain Kalley Armstrong – to skate by Colgate on Friday, 4-0. The Crimson improves to 13-3-2 (10-2-1 ECAC), while the Raiders drop to 5-19-0 (2-10-0 ECAC) in the loss.
Armstrong (2-0—2) led the way for the Crimson with her two scores, while fellow captain Samantha Reber (1-0—1) and classmate Josephine Pucci (1-1—2) tallied goals as well in the winning effort. Harvard held a heavy advantage in shots on the night, putting forth 41 attempts to Colgate's 20. Sophomore netminder Brianna Laing was equal to the task, however, turning aside all 20 Raider shots to preserve the shutout win. The victory is Laing's sixth this season and 13th career.
Laing made eight of her 20 stops in the first period, a dicey frame which saw no scoring from either side. The Crimson killed off a pair of penalties in the first 20 minutes, but couldn't convert on its lone chance late, even though it took four shots in the two-minute span.
Into the second, however, Armstrong broke the silence with a solid effort down low. Lyndsey Fry (0-2—2) fought for and won the puck along the boards from a Colgate defenseman, before sending it across the slot to Armstrong awaiting at the back door. The senior put home the first goal to give Harvard a 1-0 lead at the 2:54 mark, setting an early tone for the second.
Just over 10 minutes later, Armstrong struck again, once again thanks to the efforts of Fry along the walls. Sydney Daniels (0-1—1) fed the puck back to Fry, who snapped a shot through a defender's legs and right to Armstrong's stick, once again at the back door. Armstrong then muscled it through Ashlynne Rando's pads to make it 2-0.
Just as quickly as that play unfolded, the Crimson found itself up 3-0, thanks to the efforts of Reber. After Pucci found edney in the defensive zone, Edney fed the puck up to Reber, who snuck in behind the Raiders' defense and screamed towards Rando alone along the boards. Reber then fired from short distance, beating Rando short and low stick side for the score.
While the Crimson kept firing in the third period, it wasn't until Harvard's fifth power play opportunity – which came with two minutes on the clock – came around. Finding open passing lanes, Mary Parker corralled the puck from the corner and sent it to Michelle Picard at the point. From there, Picard sent it along to Pucci who was wide open at the top of the blue line, dead center. Pucci skipped the puck on the ice when she saw an opening, sliding it just past Rando's pads into the lower left side of the cage to put things away, 4-0.
With the win, Harvard looks forward to facing Cornell for Saturday's White the Bright event in a crucial ECAC and Ivy League showdown.