Laura Bellamy stretched her shutout streak to 11 periods in a 3-0 win at Brown (Gil Talbot).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior assistant captain Laura Bellamy extended her shutout streak to three games and 11 total periods as the No. 8/9 Harvard women's hockey team skated past league opponent Brown, 3-0, Saturday at Meehan Auditorium. The win moves Harvard (14-6-1, 11-4-1 ECAC) into second place in ECAC Hockey standings, one point ahead of Quinnipiac.
The last time Harvard recorded three-straight shutouts was the 2007-08 season, when the Crimson blanked Colgate (4-0), Boston College (7-0) and St. Lawrence (2-0) in consecutive contests. Harvard is also undefeated against Brown in the last 22 matchups.
Less than 24 hours after coming a pipe shy of recording a hat trick, Kaitlin Spurling showed she still had a nose for the net, getting Harvard out to a 1-0 lead just past the halfway point of the first period. Spurling led a 2-on-1 charge into the Brown zone with Kalley Armstrong and after Spurling slid a pass to the sophomore, Armstrong tipped it right back with a smooth one-touch pass that Spurling deposited at 11:19.
The goals in bunches trend continued as the Crimson struck again less than a minute later. Another savvy display of passing saw Jillian Dempsey and Elizabeth Parker feed a wide-open Sarah Edney, who whipped home her fourth goal of the season at the 12:09 mark. Harvard finished the period with a 12-8 advantage in shots, and goalie Laura Bellamy stayed rock-solid in net to keep the hosts off the board.
It was all Harvard in the second period and while the Crimson added just one goal in the frame, the majority of play took place in the Brown zone. Just past the eight minute mark of the second, Spurling collected her second goal of the game to give Harvard a 3-0 edge. Edney flung a pass to Josephine Pucci along the blue line and Pucci's shot was redirected by Spurling with her back to the goal, and the puck trickled past Aubree Moore at 8:10 of the second.
Harvard outshot the Bears, 11-2, in the final period and doubled up Brown in shots for the game, 36-18. Spurling collected her second-straight game with two goals and Edney posted a goal and an assist in the victory.
Up next for the Crimson is the first round of the 34th annual Women's Beanpot, hosted this year by Boston University at Walter Brown Arena. Harvard takes on the host Terriers Tuesday in the second game of the day, slated to begin at 8:00 p.m.