Sydney Daniels led the Crimson with three goals against Dartmouth (Gil Talbot).
HANOVER, N.H. – Showing a high-octane offense, Harvard women's hockey opened its regular season with a 5-1 victory against Dartmouth on Sunday at Thompson Arena. The Crimson scored twice in the second period and three times in the final frame to secure the win.
Senior Sydney Daniels led the charge offensively, netting her second-career hat trick and Harvard's (1-0-0, 1-0-0 ECAC Hockey) first hat trick since Feb. 7, 2015. Freshman Val Turgeon and junior Lexie Laing also scored for the Crimson, while six different skaters found their way in the point column with an assist. Senior Brianna Laing picked up the win in goal, stopping 28 of Dartmouth's (0-2-0, 0-1-0 ECAC Hockey) 29 shots.
After a scoreless first period, Daniels found the back of the net three minutes and 50 seconds into the second period, marking the first goal of the contest. Daniels was assisted by junior Haley Mullins on the power play goal.
Dartmouth fought back, scoring with 10:14 remaining in the second quarter on a power play. Harvard quickly returned back with another score, this time from Lexie Laing, assisted by junior Chelsea Zaidie and Brianna Laing. Laing carried the puck the length of the ice before finishing a backhanded shot past the Big Green netminder. The Crimson entered the third period leading the Big Green, 2-1.
Harvard and Dartmouth battled back and forth throughout the third period, taking turns with shots on goal. Freshman Val Turgeon broke away from Dartmouth's defense halfway through the third period, netting a backhanded shot into the right corner to secure her first collegiate goal. Daniels quickly followed behind her, netting a pair of goals to secure Harvard's win. Daniels scored with a wraparound at 13:17, unassisted, followed by her third goal at 16:09 with a top-shelf snipe off the feed from senior Briana Mastel and sophomore Kaitlin Tse.
Harvard is on the road again next weekend, facing ECAC Hockey foes Clarkson and St. Lawrence on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, respectively.
Oct. 23, 2016