(photo credit Gil Talbot)
HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Harvard women's hockey team (12-13-5, 9-9-4 ECAC Hockey) took down No. 9/9 Colgate (21-9-5, 15-4-3 ECAC Hockey) by a score of 5-2 to take a 1-0 lead in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series on Friday night. Additionally, Harvard snapped a nine-game unbeaten streak for the Raiders, dating back to the 2016 Quarterfinal set.
Kat Hughes led the charge with two goals while Keely Moy, Lexie Laing and Becca Gilmore contributed one apiece. Hughes also led all players with three points in tonight's contest, tallying an assist on Laing's score. Lindsay Reed stopped 31 shots between the pipes and the defense totaled 12 blocked shots. Both teams were able to capitalize once on the power-play, Harvard with five chances on the night while Colgate managed four.
Keely Moy cracked the scoreboard first, netting her fifth of the season off a snipe from inside the right circle to put the Crimson ahead 1-0 at 9:11 of the opening frame. Lexie Laing extended the Crimson lead to two goals 9:50 into the second period with a chip out front off a cross-slot pass from Hughes. The Raiders would take one back at 18:28 of the second to cut the deficit to one heading into the second intermission.
The pace picked up in the third, with four goals going up between the two teams. Kat Hughes began the rally when she fired a shot out front at 2:49 of the final frame. Just over a minute later, Hughes tallied her second of the game on the power-play, catching a Brooke Jovanovich rebound in the crease. Harvard extended its lead courtesy of Becca Gilmore who went nearly coast to coast and scored five-hole to give the Crimson a convincing 5-1 lead at 5:32 of the third. The Raiders made a last-ditch effort, scoring at 13:53 but could not make up the fast start from Harvard.
- Nine different players put themselves on the scoresheet.
- Harvard's top line of Della Rovere, Laing and Hughes tallied seven points tonight on three goals and four assists.
- Lindsay Reed made 31 saves in net.
- Harvard beat Colgate for the first time since the 2016 ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series, snapping a nine-game unbeaten streak for the Raiders.
- Colgate outshot Harvard 33-23.
Harvard will return to the Class of 1965 Arena tomorrow for game two of the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals.