CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Testing the waters for the 2017-18 season, the Harvard women's hockey team charged to a 6-1 victory over McGill on Friday night. The Crimson offense was largely led by the underclassmen, who tallied 12 of 15 total points.
Freshmen Becca Gilmore marked the scoresheet early, netting two goals, just 16 seconds apart, less than two minutes into play. Rookie Brooke Jovanovich got in on the action six minutes later, firing a shot through the goalie's five hole to give Harvard a 3-0 advantage, 20 minutes in.
Jade Downie-Landry put McGill on the board with just 53 seconds left in the second on a one-timer from the left circle. Midway through the third, with McGill in the box for tripping, Haley Mullins redirected a shot from Brooke Jovanovich, leaving the Martlets three goals behind. Sophomore Val Turgeon bookended the night with a pair of goals in the third, extending Harvard's lead to 6-1.
Both the power play and penalty kill units saw ample action tonight, Harvard going two for five on the man advantage and shutting the door on all seven of McGill's power play opportunities. The Crimson also outshot the Martlets 38-28, including a 17-6 advantage in the second frame.
Harvard is set to open the regular season next Friday, Oct. 20 against Dartmouth. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.