Laing earned her fourth win of the season, third by way of shutout for the Crimson (Elan Kawesch).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Through two scoreless periods, the Harvard women's hockey team battled with Union in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, but the Crimson (15-2-2, 11-2-1 ECAC) was able to find the back of the net twice in the final stanza to ease by the Dutchwomen (8-15-1, 3-10-0 ECAC), 2-0, on Friday night.
Junior Hillary Crowe tallied the game winner for Harvard just 46 seconds into the third period, vaulting the Crimson to its third win in as many contests. Sarah Edney gave the home squad a cushion goal late in the period, assisted by classmate and captain Marissa Gedman, who handed out a pair of helpers on the evening herself. In net, freshman Brianna Laing continued to make her mark as one of the top rookies between the pipes, securing her third shutout in four career starts, stopping all 15 shots she faced in the victory.
Laing and the Crimson defense held the Dutchwomen in check for much of the game leading up to the final frame. Union was stifled all night, held to just four shots apiece in the first and second periods, while upping the ante in the third with seven on target. Not without its chances, Union had three opportunities on the power play throughout the night, but Laing and company stonewalled the visitors each time.
Having a power play of its own just lifted as the third period began, Gedman made some noise with a blistering shot from just in front of the blue line after senior Gina McDonald corralled the puck in the corner and sent it back in the zone. But as Shenae Lundberg padded the rocketing puck away, Crowe crashed the net and was able to put back the eventual winner to give Harvard some breathing room.
After pelting Lundberg in the second period with 10 shots, the Crimson continued on, trying to convert its chances. Near the 14-minute mark, the defense sparked another scoring opportunity. Gedman and Edney passed back and forth before the latter careened a shot from the middle of the zone off the pipe and into the back of the net for her fifth goal of the season to give Harvard its final 2-0 lead.
The Crimson returns to the ice once more at Bright-Landry for a rematch with Rensselaer on Saturday. Harvard looks to avenge an early season loss to the Engineers on Nov. 1 in Troy, N.Y.