Third Period Frenzy Sends Harvard Past Princeton 4-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team (6-4-1, 4-2-1 ECAC) earned its fourth Ivy win of the season with a 4-1 rout of Princeton (3-8-3, 3-6-1 ECAC) on Saturday evening at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Seven different players contributed on the scoresheet, including three multi-point scorers, rookie Kate Glover's first career point and an assist from goalie Beth Larcom

After being outshot 30-19 in the first two periods, the Crimson fired on all cylinders in the third, nearly doubling its shots on goal while holding the Tigers to just three. Harvard also found the back of the net twice in the final 20 minutes. 

Val Turgeon opened scoring midway through the first and the Crimson never looked back. The Tigers managed to even the score early in the second before Haley Mullins potted the game winner with 3:21 remaining in the middle frame. Harvard would go on to add a pair of insurance goals in the third from Brooke Jovanovich and Val Turgeon to seal Princeton's fate at 4-1. 

Harvard outshot the Tigers 35-33 and converted on one of five power-play opportunities while Princeton was unable to connect on the man-advantage on four separate occasions. Beth Larcom made 32 saves in net, one shy of her season high on Friday night. 

Multi-point efforts from Haley Mullins, Val Turgeon and Brooke Jovanovich mark the 21st, 22nd and 23rd multi-point efforts of the season for the Crimson and the third, third and fourth for each of the players respectively. In 29 games during the 2016-17 season, Harvard posted 11 multi-point efforts total. 

Goal Descriptions

  • Harvard put themselves on the board first when Beth Larcom bounced the puck off the glass to Chelsea Ziadie behind the net. Ziadie carried the puck coast to coast, firing a shot off Alysia DaSilva before Val Turgeon found the loose puck in the crease and tapped it in at 7:39 of the opening period.
  • Princeton struck back at 5:35 of the second when Keiko DeClerck collected the puck off the boards in the Tigers' zone, flew down the ice and fired a shot over Larcom's blocker from the slot.
  • Haley Mullins put the Crimson back up 2-1 after chipping in a rebound from Bradley Fusco right in front of the crease at 16:39 of the second.
  • After Kate Glover recovered the puck from the corner behind the net, she sent it up ice to Brooke Jovanovich who was already moving towards the neutral zone. Jovanovich, uncontested, positioned herself between the circles and rifled the puck past DaSilva's glove at 13:04 of the third period.
  • Late in the third, with Princeton already in the box for cross-checking, Keiko DeClerck was caught slashing and the referees signaled a delayed penalty. Beth Larcom was pulled in favor of the extra attacker and Val Turgeon potted her second of the game to put the Crimson up 4-1 at 16:10 of the third. 

What's Next?
The Crimson will head north for a mid-week matchup against Dartmouth next Wednesday, Dec. 6 before breaking for finals and the holidays. Following the winter break, Harvard women's hockey will return to action in early January, playing seven of the first nine contests of 2018 on the road beginning with Rensselaer and Union on Jan. 5 and 6 respectively.