CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind Sydney Daniels' first career hat trick and two goals from Lexie Laing, the No. 6/6 Harvard women's ice hockey team powered past UConn, 8-2, on Tuesday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Crimson (9-2-2, 7-1-1 ECAC) scored eight times on a season-high 43 shots, while holding the Huskies (4-11-6, 0-5-3 WHEA) to two goals on just 18 shots.
Daniels (3-0—3) registered her second career multi-goal game – second in three games – becoming the first Crimson to score three times in a game since Jillian Dempsey accomplished the feat on Dec. 7, 2012. Laing (2-1—3), Mary Parker (1-1—2), Marissa Gedman (0-2—2) and Miye D'Oench (0-2—2) all added multi-point games, while Hillary Crowe (1-0—1) and Abbey Frazer (1-0—1) lit the lamp as well in the winning effort. Frazer gave Harvard yet another milestone, notching her first career goal. Between the pipes, Brianna Laing stopped 10 shots to pick up her fourth win of the year, while Molly Tissenbaum made six crucial saves down the stretch to keep the game out of reach.
After Crowe found the back of the net early in the first, striking on assists from Samantha Reber and Miye D'Oench, Daniels made it 2-0 with 8:23 left in the first, roofing a sniped shot from the faceoff circle. But the Huskies got on the board less than 30 seconds later from Theresa Knutson. Unassisted after a turnover, Knutson was able to sneak one just past Laing's pads to cut UConn's deficit, 2-1.
Midway through the new frame, Daniels beat Chuli in traffic to move things quickly to 4-1 in favor of the Crimson, but just as efficiently, the Huskies responded with a goal two minutes later. The pairing of Brittany Berisoff and Kelly Harris got in on the mix before the puck squirted out to find the stick of Leah Lum, cutting the score to 4-2. But then Laing padded the Crimson's lead at the 15:32 mark in the second period tipping in a big shot by D'Oench, which got things rolling right along.
Just 3:29 into the final period, Parker connected to push Harvard's lead to 6-2 on a solid effort in front of the crease in traffic. Under two minutes later, Frazer ripped a shot under Crowe's skates and just past Chuli for the Crimson's first power play of the game. Josephine Pucci recorded her first point of the year on the play with a nice dish to Frazer, who got off a tricky shot in the slot.
A mere 15 seconds later, Daniels capped off her dominating performance with a goal at the minute-mark. After passing back and forth with Fry, Daniels received the puck and slammed it home just on the side of Chuli to put things far out reach.
With the win, Harvard improves to 9-2-2, riding an seven-game win streak. The Crimson turns its attention back to ECAC action this weekend with trips to Union and Rensselaer.