Pictured: Katey Stone earned the 338th victory of her career
Photo courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey, became the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history, as the fourth-ranked Crimson women’s hockey team defeated Princeton by a score 5-1 in Game 1 of the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals.
Before 551 fans Friday evening at Bright Hockey Center, Stone surpassed former Colby and Minnesota head coach Laura Halldorson, as she earned the 338th victory in her legendary coaching career, all coming at the helm of the Crimson. Stone, who has coached at Harvard for 16 seasons, has compiled an impressive 338-142-27 (.693) overall record during her career.
Harvard, which improves to 19-6-5 on the season, opened the game with a surplus of offense, netting four goals in the first period. Liza Ryabkina notched her first of two goals in the frame by firing a one-timer into the back of the net after receiving assistance from Kelsey Romatoski and Anna McDonald at 2:38. Randi Griffin, the reigning ECAC Hockey Player of the Week, stretched the Crimson’s lead to 2-0 as she fit a shot between Princeton goaltender Rachel Weber’s right pad and the post at 7:40.
Less than a minute later, Ryabkina notched her second goal, coming at 8:27, as Harvard opened up a 3-0 advantage. Jillian Dempsey and Kate Buesser earned assists on the play. Buesser netted a goal of her own, as she scored off a faceoff victory by Dempsey at the 14:49 mark, as the Crimson went ahead, 4-0. With 15 seconds to play in the opening frame, Princeton (13-13-4) font on the scoreboard as Laura Martindale tallied a power-play goal, making it 4-1.
In the second period, Harvard took a 5-1 lead, as Margaret Chute found Leanna Coskren skating into the slot. Coskren snapped a shot through a screen, giving the Crimson its second four-goal lead at 15:15.
Laura Bellamy earned the victory in net, stopping 16 shots, while her counterpart, Weber, recorded 33 saves. Each time notched a power-play goal, while the Crimson owned a 38-17 advantage in shots.
Harvard and Princeton will meet at Bright Hockey Center for Game 2 Saturday at 4 p.m.