Peper netted the game-winner with a power play strike in the third period (Gil Talbot).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Winning its second-consecutive outing, Harvard women's hockey tallied a trio of scores in a 3-1 victory over Brown on Friday night at Meehan Auditorium.
Senior Sydney Daniels and freshmen Ali Peper and Kat Hughes found the back of the net, while senior Briana Mastel matched a career-high with two assists. Tough to stop between the pipes, senior Brianna Laing made 17 saves in her third victory of the season.
Harvard (3-13-2, 3-8-2 ECAC Hockey) outshot the Bears (4-16-0, 2-11-0 ECAC Hockey) by a large margin, 41-18, but neither team got on the board in the first two periods. Junior Lexie Laing rang the crossbar late in the first period, and an onslaught of shots in the second tested Brown's Monica Elvin, but the third period began with the score level at 0-0.
With 2:38 elapsed in the third frame, Daniels slammed home her team-leading eighth goal of the season to give Harvard a 1-0 lead. Freshman Val Turgeon kicked off the sequence with a pass to Mastel at the point, who fired a shot that bounced hard off the back boards. In position for the follow-up, Daniels slotted the puck across the goal line for the score.
Five minutes later, the Crimson doubled its advantage after a power play goal from Peper. Sophomore Kaitlin Tse swung the puck to Mastel for a hard shot from the top, and after a rebound to the left circle Peper drilled a one-timer past Elvin for her second score of the season. The second assist of the game for Mastel was her team-leading seventh of the season.
Responding just 20 seconds later with their own goal, Sam Donovan pulled the Bears within one, 2-1, with just under 12 minutes left to play in the period.
Harvard peppered Elvin with 17 shots in the final frame, and added a third goal with two seconds left to play when Hughes scored an empty netter. Her fifth goal of the year, juniors Dani Krzyszczyk and Laing were credited assists on the play.
The Crimson continues its road trip at Yale on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.