CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team (3-1-0, 3-1-0 ECAC) showed its depth with nine different players marking the scoresheet, including five multi-point efforts, in a 6-3 win over Brown (0-7-0, 0-5-0 ECAC) on Friday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
Kat Hughes led the team with three points (0-3-3), followed by Brooke Jovanovich (2-0-2), Haley Mullins (1-1-2), Val Turgeon (1-1-2), and Becca Gilmore (0-2-2) who also posted multi-point performances. Bradley Fusco and Keely Moy added a goal each and Kaitlin Tse and Chelsea Ziadie recorded an assist apiece.
After a slow start in the first period, Harvard poured it on in the second, taking a 27-15 shot advantage and putting itself up 2-0 with goals from Bradley Fusco and Val Turgeon. The third period was a scoring frenzy, as seven of the nine total goals were scored in the final frame. The Crimson extended its lead to 5-0 courtesy of Keely Moy and Brooke Jovanovich before Brown was able to get on the board. The Bears then capitalized on back-to-back 5-on-3 opportunities before Haley Mullins put the exclamation point on the win with less than a minute to play.
Beth Larcom made 24 saves in net in her fourth start of the season.
- After a Kat Hughes wrist shot, both teams, including Brown's goalie, struggled to locate the puck in the crease. In the scramble at the net, Bradley Fusco was able to get her stick on the puck and bang it in to open scoring at 3:36 of the second period.
- Midway through the second, Kaitlin Tse controlled the puck along the boards before passing it through two Brown defenders to Val Turgeon who was able to send it through an opening between Isaac's skate and the goal post.
- At 3:56 of the third period, Keely Moy picked up a rebound in front of the Harvard net and took the puck coast to coast before rifling a shot top shelf to put the Crimson up 3-0.
- Less than a minute later, Kat Hughes fired a shot from the edge of the left circle as Becca Gilmore stationed herself in front of the net to attempt a redirection. The puck bounced off Isaac before Jovanovich collected the rebound and chipped it in at 4:40 of the final frame.
- Jovanovich tallied her second of the night off a backhand shot from the slot when Isaac was out of position. After a lengthy review for goaltender interference from Gilmore, the call on the ice stood to give Harvard a five-goal advantage with 10:02 left in regulation.
- At 12:45 of the third, Brown gained some momentum after Bridget Carey dug the puck out of the corner and sent it towards the crease where a Harvard stick misguided the shot past Beth Larcom to put the Bears on the board.
- With two Harvard skaters in the penalty box, Brown's additional skaters were able to screen Beth Larcom for Samantha Swanstrom to shoot from the point and put the Bears within three at 14:34 of the third.
- Brown struck again on its third 5-on-3 opportunity of the night when Kaitijane Blumberg redirected a pass from Alley Remke over Larcom's pad to put the Bears within two with 3:47 to go.
- As the game clock wound down, Haley Mullins took a pass from Val Turgeon in the neutral zone and brought it up the ice where she fired a shot that caught nothing but net to seal the win for the Crimson with 53 seconds remaining.
Harvard will return to the ice tomorrow afternoon to take on Ivy rival Yale at 3 p.m. Fans with a valid football ticket will be offered free admission to women's hockey.