Senior Co-Captains Lift No. 2 Women's Hockey Past Princeton, 3-0
Laura Bellamy posted her 18th career shutout Friday night (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior co-captains Laura Bellamy and Jillian Dempsey have led the way thus far for the No. 2 Harvard Crimson, and Friday night was no exception.
Bellamy, the nation's leader in goals-against average and save percentage, posted her 18th career shutout and extended her streak to 100+ minutes without allowing a goal for the third time this season, while Dempsey, the reigning ECAC Player of the Week and Month, added a goal to extend her point streak to a career-long 28 games as Harvard knocked off Princeton, 3-0, Friday night. Michelle Picard and Kalley Armstrong also added goals for the Crimson, who improved to 12-1-1 on the year, 10-0-0 in the ECAC and 7-0-0 against Ivy League foes.
Harvard jumped out of the gates, controlling much of the game's early goings and spending the majority of the time in the Princeton zone. Despite dominating possession of the puck, Harvard could not break through and get the game's first tally at even strength.
That all changed when Harvard ended up with a 4-on-3 advantage following coincidental penalties and an interference call on the Tigers. Picard found the back of the net on a wrist shot from just behind the left faceoff circle to get the Crimson on the board at the 13:11 mark.
The Crimson struck less than five minutes later to extend the advantage to two. Lyndsey Fry skated in on net and fired a shot off the chest of Princeton netminder Kimberly Newell that Armstrong corralled, after it deflected off Dylanne Crugnale's stick, in front of the net and sent to the back of the cage for her fifth goal of the year.
In the second period, the Crimson got off to a sluggish start, mustering just one shot in the first eight minutes; however, the third power play of the night 8:42 into the frame seemed to energize the squad as Harvard ended up outshooting the Tigers, 14-7, in the period. Neither team could break through in the frame and the score remained 2-0.
The Crimson continued to surge to begin the third period and finally broke through again with 18:34 remaining in the game. Fry attempted to score on a wrap around, but the puck slid across the crease to Dempsey camped out on the other post. The senior co-captain buried the puck for her 17th goal of the year.
It looked like Harvard added on a fourth goal midway through the third, but it was waved off because it came off a hand pass.
From there, Harvard continued to pepper the Princeton netminders with shots, mustering 20 in the final period to finish just four shy of its season-high of 49. Picard led the way with a career-high eight shots, while Fry, who had two assists on the night, ended up with seven and Dempsey had six.
The Crimson penalty kill also proved up to the task, killing all four of the Tigers' power-play opportunities to up its season total to 95.6 percent (43-45).
Harvard returns to action Saturday afternoon against Quinnipiac in another ECAC showdown at 4 p.m. at Bright Hockey Center.
Harvard has yet to trail in an ECAC contest this season ... During ECAC play, Harvard has scored more goals than opponents while the Crimson is on the penalty kill. Harvard has scored two short-handed goals and has allowed its opponents to score just one power-play tally ... Harvard has not allowed a third-period goal in ten ECAC games, it is the only team to have blanked all of its opponents in any period ... Kalley Armstong has tallied five goals this season and three have counted as the game-winner ... The Crimson has topped Princeton on five consecutive occasions to build a 41-30-4 lead in the all-time series against the Tigers ... Harvard moved into first place in the nation in penalty kill (95.6%) after Minnesota (94.4%) allowed a third period power-play goal tonight ... The Crimson are now tied with Minnesota for the top spot in the nation in goals allowed per game at 0.71 ... Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard's Women's Ice Hockey, moves to within 10 wins of 400 for her career. She currently stands 390-165-32 and is the winningest coach in Division I women's hockey history.