Five Different Goal Scorers Help Women's Hockey Past Yale, 5-3
Katharine Chute tallied three points against the Bulldogs (Gil Talbot).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard women's hockey team notched its third-straight game with at least four goals as the Crimson sunk Yale, 5-3, Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink. The win is Harvard's sixth-straight and the Crimson ups its conference mark to 11-3-2 and overall record to 12-7-2.
The Crimson carried over the momentum from the night before and drew first blood against the Bulldogs. Jillian Dempsey intercepted a pass from a Yale defender trying to clear the zone and worked the puck past Bulldog goalie Jackie Snikeris just 4:35 into the game for a 1-0 lead. The goal marked Dempsey's fifth straight game with at least one point.
The Bulldogs managed to snap Laura Bellamy's scoreless streak just past the halfway point of the period, taking advantage of its first power-play of the game. Jenna Ciotti pulled the puck out of a scrum in the Harvard zone and muscled home a close-range attempt that barely snuck across the goal line, knotting the score at 1-1 heading into the first break.
Harvard regained the lead early in the second as Lyndsey Fry potted the fifth goal of her rookie campaign with just 2:35 gone in the period. The Crimson special teams took advantage of a power-play near the halfway mark of the stanza to push the lead to 3-1. Lyza Ryabkina extended her own points streak to five games, converting feeds from Leanna Coskren and Kelsey Romatoski with 11:01 to play in the period. The Bulldogs got one back in the 17th minute as Aleca Hughes put home a back-door rebound, cutting the Crimson lead to one at the second intermission.
The Crimson penalty kill was tested early and often in the third period but the squad was up to the task, killing off three penalties in the first portion of the stanza. With less than five minutes remaining, and with each team with a player in the box, Harvard picked up its fourth goal of the game. Ryabkina fed Coskren for a quick shot and Katharine Chute controlled the rebound and rocketed a shot top-shelf for her seventh of the season.
Hughes struck again for the Bulldogs with just 2:01 to play, again closing the gap to one but with less than a minute to play at the Yale goalie pulled, Kate Buesser got behind the Yale backline and deposited the empty-netter to seal the 5-3 win. Bellamy made 21 saves in the game for the Crimson.
Harvard returns home for its next two contests as it welcomes Princeton and Quinnipiac to Bright Hockey Center next weekend.