Laura Bellamy picked up 20 saves in the shutout win over Colgate Friday (Kevin Burns).
HAMILTON, N.Y. – Junior goalie Laura Bellamy recorded her first clean sheet of the 2011-12 season as the Harvard women's hockey team took down Colgate, 2-0, Friday night at Starr Rink. The Crimson ups its record to a perfect 3-0-0 on the season with all three victories coming on the road against conference opponents.
Bellamy came into the game with a 0.99 goals-against average, which ranked second in the nation. With the shutout, her GAA drops to an impressive 0.66, while her save percentage moves to .969. Bellamy collected 20 saves on the evening in the win.
While the departure of three players to the U.S. Women's National Team left the Crimson with a short bench, Harvard showed it still had a nose for the net. Just 42 seconds in the game, sophomore Elizabeth Parker received a pass from Gina McDonald and bested Colgate goalie Susan Allen for an early 1-0 edge. Harvard kept up the heat through the end of the period, firing 13 shots on net to Colgate's two, but was unable to add to its lead at the end of one.
The second period saw the team's trade penalties twice but both squads were solid on the penalty-kill, as each team went 0-for-5 on the night with an extra skater. Bellamy saw her toughest tests in the middle frame, but turned aside all 10 shots that were put on goal. The assistant captain stayed poised through the third period, collecting eight more saves, and Lyndsey Fry's empty-net goal with 51 seconds left off a Kaitlin Spurling pass sealed the 2-0 victory.
Up next for Harvard; a showdown with Ivy rival No. 2/2 Cornell Saturday at Lynah Rink. Gametime is slated for 4:00 p.m.