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Ryabkina Nets Two as No. 6 Harvard Tops Union, 4-0

Pictured: Liza Ryabkina found the back of the net twice Friday evening.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
Liza Ryabkina tallied two goals, while Leanna Coskren and Jillian Dempsey added a tally apiece to propel the sixth-ranked Crimson women’s hockey team to a 4-0 win over Union Friday evening at Bright Hockey Center. Laura Bellamy earned her first career shutout, making 13 saves.

During Harvard’s second power play of the first period, Coskren one-timed a pass from Dempsey to give Harvard (10-4-4, 8-4-2 ECAC Hockey) a 1-0 lead at 15:41. The Crimson won the faceoff after Union (5-19-1, 1-11-1) was called for hitting after the whistle and Cori Bassett played the puck into the Dutchwomen zone. Dempsey, skating through the right faceoff circle, sent a pass to the left side of the crease and Coskren wristed the puck through Alana Marcinko. Coskren now has five goals on the season, the most for a Harvard defender.

In the second, Ryabkina made it a 2-0 contest as she blasted a shot into the back of the net at 14:40. Anna McDonald battled a Union defender behind the net, before winning control of the puck and carrying it in front of the goal. McDonald slid a pass to Ryabkina, who moved into the slot for Harvard’s second goal.

Midway through the third period, Harvard scored its first shorthanded goal of the season, as Dempsey scored from the slot after receiving a pass from Kate Buesser at 10:09. Three minutes later, Ryabkina netted an unassisted goal as she fired a shot from the center of the blue line. The puck soared over Marcinko’s shoulder, lighting the lamp at 13:14.

The Crimson, which outshot the Dutchwomen, 53-13, for the game, held an 18-3 advantage in shots in the third period. Harvard was 1-for-7 on the power play, while keeping Union scoreless on two chances with an extra attacker.

Harvard concludes its stretch of four consecutive home games against Rensselaer Saturday at 4 p.m.