Buesser tallied her first score of the season ina 3-1 win over Colgate (Gil Talbot).
HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Harvard women's hockey team netted two third period goals to pick up its first road win of the season, downing Colgate, 3-1, Saturday at Starr Rink. Harvard improves to 2-1-1 on the season while Colgate slips to 3-7-0 overall and 1-3-0 in ECAC Hockey play.
The penalty bug bit the Crimson early in the game as Harvard picked up three penalties in the opening period. After being denied on their first man-up opportunity, the Raiders took a 1-0 lead on their second power-play chance. Brittany Phillips worked the puck to Hannah Milan on the Harvard end line and Milan slid it to Jenna Klynstra who tucked home a close-range effort with 7:27 showing on the clock. Harvard killed off a third penalty late in the period and entered the first intermission down 1-0.
Harvard picked up the pressure to start the second and freshman Jackie Young nearly evened the game with a blast from the blueline that rang off the pipe and bounced away at 15:40. The Crimson finally broke through at the 7:30 mark as Jillian Dempsey slid the puck to Kate Buesser in front of the net and Buesser powered home her first goal of the season to knot the score at 1-1. The Crimson saw a number of good looks on a late power play but was unable to take the lead heading into the second break.
The Crimson wasted little time taking the lead in the third period as freshman Kalley Armstrong picked up her first career goal at the 14:46 mark. Marissa Gedman worked the puck into the zone to Ashley Wheeler, who fired a shot on net. Colgate goalie Kimberly Sass made the save but the rebound trickled to Armstrong who back-handed a shot into the net for a 2-1 lead. Leanna Coskren gave Harvard a 3-1 cushion with 9:17 left in the game, blasting a puck over Sass's right shoulder from the right point off assists from Katharine Chute and Kaitlin Spurling.
Harvard goalie Laura Bellamy picked up her second win of the season, stopping 20 shots on the afternoon. Armstrong picked up her first goal of her career while Buesser and Coskren were happy together as the other Harvard goal scorers. Sass picked up 31 saves for Colgate in the loss.
Two more league road contests are on the slate next for Harvard as the Crimson takes on Quinnipiac Friday, Nov. 12 and Princeton Saturday, Nov. 13.