Leanna Coskren collected two goals and an assist in a 7-0 blowout of Colgate (Gil Talbot).
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Penalties and power-plays worked in Harvard's favor as the Crimson women's hockey team breezed by Colgate, 7-0, Friday night at Bright Hockey Center. With the win, Harvard clinches second place in the ECAC Hockey standings and secures home ice through at least the semifinals of the ECAC tournament.
While the score stayed knotted at 0-0 past the midway point of the opening stanza, the Crimson (15-9-4, 14-4-3 ECAC) took full advantage of a slew of Colgate (11-18-3, 8-11-2 ECAC) penalties in the back half of the period. Kalley Armstrong got the Crimson on the board, putting home a heavy rebound off a slapshot by Jackie Young at 10:34. Leanna Coskren potted Harvard's second tally 2:26 later on a 5-on-3 advantage and Kate Buesser made it 3-0, 1:20 after that, just as Colgate regained full strength. Coskren struck again on a short-range put-back with 3:43 left in the frame, her second 5-on-3 goal of the period, to give Harvard a commanding 4-0 edge at the first break.
The second period was more of the same; penalties and Harvard goals. With 9:22 left in the stanza, Harvard found itself down a skater for just the second time in the contest, but was still able to pad its lead. Jillian Dempsey fed Josephine Pucci who found the back of the net for Harvard's third short-handed goal of the season. Dempsey picked up her fourth assist of the game late in the frame as Lyndsey Fry stuffed home a loose puck at 17:02 to give Harvard an insurmountable, 6-0, lead after two.
The Crimson killed off two more penalties in the third period and added its seventh goal of the game. Alisa Baumgartner put home a Kaitlin Spurling feed at the 15:20 mark to round out the scoring for the Crimson.
Coskren finished with a pair of goals and an assist on the night and Dempsey ended with four helpers in the game. Buesser collected a goal and an assist on the night as 12 different Harvard players recorded points. Goalie Laura Bellamy notched her fourth shutout of the season, turning away 16 shots in the win.
The Crimson will recognize its seniors in a post-game ceremony tomorrow as it takes on Ivy League rival No. 2 Cornell in its final regular season contest. The puck is set to drop at 4 p.m.