Harvard had its four-game winning streak snapped Friday night at Princeton (Gil Talbot).
PRINCETON, N.J. – In its first ECAC Hockey game in over a month, the No. 8/10 Harvard women's hockey team dropped a 3-0 decision to Ivy League rival Princeton, 3-0, Friday night at Baker Rink. The loss pushes the Crimson to 6-3-0 in the conference and 9-5-0 overall this year. Princeton improves to 7-9-3 overall and 6-6-1 in league play.
The third period belonged to the Tigers as the hosts netted an even-strength and a power-play tally. Sally Butler scored her second of the game just three minutes into the frame and Danielle DiCesare's power-play marker capped the scoring on the night.
Both teams started the game with great pace and kept the high tempo up through the opening stanza. Just 49 seconds in, Harvard put a puck in the back of the net, but further review showed the puck was kicked and the goal was disallowed. The Tigers had more consistent offensive pressure in the first, creating scoring chances on the counter-attack , but Laura Bellamy made some big saves to keep the game scoreless. However, with just 1:28 left in the frame, Princeton was able to strike, putting home a puck out of a scrum in front of the Harvard net for a 1-0 lead at the break.
The second period was uneventful as neither team was able to find the back of the net. Harvard earned a pair of power play opportunities in the frame, but a strong Tiger penalty kill kept the Crimson off the board. Bellamy came up huge late in the period with a series of rapid kick saves to keep the Tigers within one after two full periods.
Harvard wraps up the conference road weekend when it faces Quinnipiac tomorrow afternoon in a 4 p.m., game.