Jillian Dempsey finished with four goals to extend her point streak to 24 games (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior co-captains Jillian Dempsey and Laura Bellamy powered the No. 4/5 Harvard women's hockey team past Providence, 8-1, Friday night at Bright Hockey Center to extend the Crimson's winning streak to six games.
Dempsey finished with four goals to extend her point streak to 24 games, and Bellamy made 16 saves in net to help Harvard improve to 9-1-0 on the year. Kelsey Romatoski added two tallies and one assist, while Kaitlin Spurling and Miye O'Dench both contributed goals. Kalley Armstrong added three assists, and Samantha Reber delivered a pair of helpers.
The Crimson dominated the first period, peppering Providence netminder Nina Riley with 14 shots on goal in the first 19 minutes; however, it wasn't until shot number 15 that Harvard finally broke through. Following a Friar penalty for boarding, the Crimson worked the puck around the zone before Romatoski's blast from just behind the left faceoff circle found the back of the net to give Harvard a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
The goal propelled the Crimson into the second period as Harvard began its offensive onslaught, netting four goals in the frame, including two goals within 20 seconds of each other.
Spurling got the scoring started as she banged home a pass from Mary Parker that skittered across the crease to make it 2-0 at the 7:19 mark. Then, Dempsey struck for the first time 19 seconds later, firing a wrist shot underneath the glove of Riley from the slot on a feed from Armstrong to extend the advantage.
Dempsey added her second tally with 10:01 remaining in the period. Armstrong carried the puck into the Providence zone and dished it off to Dempsey moving into the slot, the Winthrop, Mass. native went five-hole this time, and it trickled into the back of the net for her third multi-goal game of 2012-13.
With just over two minutes left in the frame, D'Oench capped the second-period scoring. The freshman brought the puck into the offensive zone, skated across the face of the net and deked Riley before sliding it past her outstretched glove to extend the advantage to 5-0.
In the third period, the Crimson tacked on three more goals, finishing just shy of its season-high nine goals at Princeton.
Romatoski's second strike was due in large part to the efforts of D'Oench, who first kept the puck in the zone after Providence tried to clear it. She then picked it up from behind the net and passed it out to Reber, who sent it out to the point where the Minnesota native fired a slap shot into the back of the net to push the lead to six at the 10:48 mark.
Harvard struck quickly again, scoring 22 seconds later as Dempsey skated in on a breakaway and was initially denied by Riley; however, she corralled her own rebound on the left side of the net and sent it home to complete the first hat trick of the season.
Harvard's final goal of the night came with 3:59 left on the clock on another rebound. Sarah Edney fired a shot from the point that ended up getting lost in a scrum in front of the night until Dempsey found it and sent it home to finish one goal shy of matching her career-high.
It looked like Bellamy would get her third consecutive shutout; however, Jessica Vella's shot just barely slipped past the senior with only 11 seconds remaining in the contest to make the final margin seven.
Harvard returns to action Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. against New Hampshire in a game that will be televised on the Live Well Network and Fox College Sports Atlantic.
- Katey Stone, the winningest NCAA Div. I women's hockey coach, is now 13 wins from 400 for her career. She is in her 19th season in college coaching, all at Harvard.
- The Crimson has won the last six meetings against Providence and is 9-0-1 against the Friars since 2002.
- Jillian Dempsey moved into sole possession of 14th place on the Harvard all-time scoring list. She has contributed 127 points during 105 career games for the Crimson.
- The Crimson committed just one penalty in the game but did not surrender a goal to up its season total to 33-of-35 penalties killed.
- With Abigail Harris' assist on the Crimson's final goal, 16 players now have points for Harvard this season.