CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Off the sticks of nine different scorers, the Harvard women's hockey team (1-0-0, 1-0-0 ECAC) opened the 2017-18 campaign with a 4-1 win over Dartmouth (0-1-0, 0-1-0 ECAC) on Friday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. As was the story with the exhibition contest, the underclassmen stepped up to the plate, totaling a combined eight points.
Harvard's four goals came from four different players including Lexie Laing, Kat Hughes, Chelsea Ziadie and Brooke Jovanovich. Both Hughes and Ziadie cashed in on the power-play while Jovanovich notched the first point of her collegiate career. Rookie Becca Gilmore led the team with three points, adding helpers on Laing's, Ziadie's and Jovanovich's goals.
Harvard outshot Dartmouth 43-24 and Beth Larcom turned away 23 Big Green shots.
The Crimson's power-play and penalty kill units got another good workout in tonight's contest, Harvard going 2-6 on the man advantage and killing six of seven Dartmouth opportunities.
- Just as the Crimson's second power-play opportunity expired, Lexie Laing crashed the net with a puck from Keely Moy to take a 1-0 lead at 15:52 of the opening frame.
- The Crimson saw its first five on three action of the season midway through the second when Dartmouth was called 18 seconds apart for interference and cross-checking. After attempting to chip in a shot from Kaitlin Tse, Val Turgeon fed the puck back to Kat Hughes at the point who rattled a shot off the crossbar and behind Christie Honor.
- Dartmouth struck back on the power-play after Christina Rombaut won an offensive zone faceoff to Caroline Shaunessy who glided across the point and fired a shot top shelf to put Dartmouth on the board at 11:24 of the second period.
- Just 2:20 later, Chelsea Ziadie fired a wrister from the top of the right circle to put the Crimson up by two with 6:16 remaining in regulation.
- Brooke Jovanovich added an insurance goal after splitting two defenders and knocking the puck home 4:16 before the final whistle.
The Crimson will hit the road for a two-game swing at Princeton and Quinnipiac next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively.