Hat Trick of Freshmen Lead Women’s Hockey to 3-2 Victory at Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard women's hockey team improved to 2-0-0 on the 2017-18 season after a 3-2 victory at Princeton (0-1-2, 0-1-0 ECAC) on Friday night. The freshmen class lit up Hobey Baker Rink with goals from Lunasa Sano, Keely Moy, and Brooke Jovanovich. Sano and Moy's tallies were the first of their careers while Jovanovich potted her first game-winner. 

Harvard got pucks to the net early and often, outshooting Princeton 20-4 in the first period and 35-25 overall. Both the Crimson and the Tigers were even on the power-play, going 1-2 and Beth Larcom posted 23 saves in net. Lexie Laing led the team at the faceoff dot, winning 12 of 20 duels and Kyra Colbert finished with a team-high +2 rating. 

Goal Descriptions

  • Fourteen seconds after Lexie Laing was called for interference, Princeton's power play cashed in. Following an o-zone faceoff, the Tigers fed the puck across the point to Carly Bullock who ripped a shot from above the left circle over Beth Larcom's glove 6:04 into the opening frame.
  • Just under three minutes later, Kate Hallett collected her own rebound while Nikki Friesen and Lunasa Sano crashed the net. In a scrum around the net, Steph Neatby was unable to secure possession and Sano punched in her first collegiate goal 11:22 into the first, tying the game 1-1.
  • With time running down in the first, Princeton gained play control and attempted to move up the ice as Keely Moy peeled the puck off the Tigers right in front of the goal. Moy delayed her shot as Steph Neatby came far enough out of the crease for Moy to send it past Neatby short-side at 18:04.
  • After digging the puck out of the corner, Princeton fired the puck along the boards behind the net where Annie MacDonald fed it to Carly Bullock in the slot to score the equalizer at 8:01 of the second.
  • Harvard tallied its third power play goal of the season when Brooke Jovanovich completed a hat trick of freshmen to score against Princeton. Kat Hughes fired a shot from the top of the left circle that bounced off Neatby where Jovanovich was able to chip in the rebound for her first career game winning goal.

What's Next?
The women's hockey team will turnaround to play at Quinnipiac tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.