Late Rally Pushes Women’s Hockey Past Dartmouth, 2-1
Lyndsey Fry netted the game-winning goal against Dartmouth Wednesday (Gil Talbot).
HANOVER, N.H. – Down a goal midway through the third period, the Harvard women's hockey team found its stride offensively late in the game as the Crimson rallied for a pair of scores to top Dartmouth, 2-1, Wednesday night at Thompson Arena. The win puts Harvard at 6-4-0, 6-2-0 ECAC on the season, as the Crimson responded after Dartmouth took the first end of the season series a week ago.
After two slow periods, the action picked up in the third with the hosts notching the first goal of the game 2:49 into the period. Kelly Foley broke the scoreless tie with her eighth goal of the season, converting a pass from Ali Winkel that put Harvard in a 1-0 hole.
The Crimson offense got going late, upping the pressure in the back half of the final period, resulting in a goal at the 12:52 mark. Sarah Edney slid a pass to Marissa Gedman, who brought the puck into the Dartmouth zone and fired a long-distance shot on goalie Lindsay Holdcroft. Holdcroft made the save but let up a long rebound and Elizabeth Parker snuck in front of the net and put away the carom for her third goal of the season.
The tie score didn't last long as the Crimson grabbed the lead for good 1:05 later. Jillian Dempsey collected the puck deep in the corner and fed an advancing Kelsey Romatoski near the left faceoff circle. Romatoski flicked a shot on net that was redirected by Lyndsey Fry past Holdcroft for the game-winning score. The Big Green pulled its goalie and put a number of pucks on net, but Laura Bellamy was rock solid, despite losing her stick for much of the final flurry, helping Harvard seal the one-goal victory.
Both offenses sputtered through the first period as the teams combined for just 11 shots in the frame. The Crimson held the Big Green without a shot on goal for the first 11 minutes of the period as the team's traded penalties in the first half of the frame. The Harvard penalty kill was on point, keeping Dartmouth quiet on a pair of power plays and goalie Laura Bellamy turned aside all seven shots she faced in the period.
While the chances increased in the second stanza, neither team was able to break the scoreless tie. The Crimson tested Dartmouth goalie Lindsay Holdcroft on a pair of power plays but Holdcroft stymied a handful of great looks right on the doorstep. Harvard squared the overall shots at 17-apiece after outshooting the Big Green, 13-10, in the second period.
The Crimson wraps up the 2011 portion of its schedule with a pair of midweek contests next week. Harvard travels to Providence Thursday for a 7 p.m., game with the Friars and returns to Bright the following evening for a contest against New Hampshire.