Mastel picked up her first career goal on Friday night in the 3-0 win. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 10/10 Harvard women's hockey team, which spread three goals over three periods and saw sophomore goaltender Brianna Laing register a 27-save shutout, defeated Princeton, 3-0, on Friday evening in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Crimson improves to 5-2-2 (4-1-1 ECAC) with the win, while the Tigers fall to 6-7-1 (4-4-0 ECAC).
For the second straight outing, Harvard demonstrated perfect special teams as the Crimson went 1-for-1 on the power play, while killing off three PU power plays in the third period. Laing proved to be key over the stretch in the third, turning aside four crucial shots during kills en route to her fifth career whitewash and 10th career victory in the Crimson and White.
Sydney Daniels was the hero in the early going scoring on Harvard's first and only power play. After Lexie Laing gathered the puck in the corner, the freshman shot it up the ice to Sarah Edney. A quick dump off from Edney to Daniels near the blue line allowed the sophomore forward to blast a shot from deep to put the Crimson up 1-0 with just seconds remaining in the opening period.
After yielding just four shots on target to PU in the first, the Crimson gave up 11 to the Tigers in the second. But Laing was there every step of the way standing on her head. The frame was a track meet of a second period, Briana Mastel and Karly Heffernan turned the tide. Heffernan did well to churn the puck loose and sprint up the ice. With Mastel by her side, Heffernan fed the puck to her teammate in the slot, after which Mastel wristed a shot past Kimberly Newell to make it 2-0.
Into the third, the Crimson kept up the pressure and its foot on the gas pedal. Sweeping along the blue line, Marissa Gedman fed to Michelle Picard awaiting at the point alone. Picard took a booming shot, which Mary Parker redirected perfectly past Newell to vault the Crimson up 3-0 at 16:48 in the third.
With the win, the Crimson is geared up to host No. 4/4 Quinnipiac Saturday at 4 p.m.