CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Led by a hat trick from Kat Hughes and a pair of goals from Val Turgeon, the Harvard women's hockey team (5-3-1, 3-1-1 ECAC) defeated the New Hampshire Wildcats (6-5-5, 4-2-3 WHEA) on Saturday afternoon at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
In total, seven different players marked the scoresheet, including five with multi-point efforts. Brooke Jovanovich, Bradley Fusco and team captain Haley Mullins all chipped in two assists apiece while Kaitlin Tse and Kyra Colbert contributed one assist each.
New Hampshire got the game going early, putting itself on the scoreboard less than four minutes into play. Harvard quickly responded, with Val Turgeon tying the game five minutes in. The Crimson kept the momentum going, with Kat Hughes giving Harvard a 2-1 lead 8:30 into the opening period. Through 20, the Crimson outshot the Wildcats 19-8. Early in the second, Devan Taylor again tied the score at two before Val Turgeon potted her second of the day a little more than halfway through the period to give Harvard another one goal lead at 3-2. With 3:39 to go in the middle frame, Amy Schlagel posted a power-play equalizer for New Hampshire, sending the teams to the third period tied 3-3. Kat Hughes shined in the third, first, netting the game winner at 13:41 and then adding the insurance goal for her first ever hat trick with 36 seconds remaining in regulation.
Hughes' hat trick is the first by a Crimson skater since Oct. 23, 2016 when Sydney Daniels tallied three goals against Dartmouth. Beth Larcom earned her fifth win of the season, turning away 26 shots, including all 13 in the third period. New Hampshire's power-play unit converted on one of five opportunities while Harvard was unable to connect on six extra-man opportunities.
- New Hampshire opened scoring just 3:56 into play when Meghara McManus gained possession in the Wildcats' defensive zone, carried it down the ice and chipped it into the top right corner of the net.
- Val Turgeon evened the score at 5:05 in similar fashion off a pass from Bradley Fusco.
- Keeping the theme consistent, Kat Hughes found the back of the net through the top right corner to put Harvard up 2-1 8:30 into the opening frame.
- New Hampshire's Devan Taylor took a pass in the neutral zone and tied the score at 2-2 with a snipe just over Larcom's blocker at 7:00 of the second.
- Val Turgeon answered for Harvard a second time with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle, putting Harvard up 3-2 at 13:57 of the middle frame.
- On New Hampshire's second power-play opportunity of the game, Amy Schlagel took the puck coast to coast firing it past Larcom's glove from just inside the goal line to knot the score at 3 with 3:39 remaining in the second.
- On a 2-on-1 break, Brooke Jovanovich skated into the left circle, passing the puck back to Kat Hughes in the slot who rifled the puck top shelf for the eventual game winning goal at 13:41 of the final frame.
- With New Hampshire's net open in favor of the extra attacker, Harvard managed to shift play into the Wildcats' zone where Bradley Fusco passed the puck off the boards to Kat Hughes who banged it in off the bottom of the right goal post for a 5-3 lead and her first career hat trick with 36 seconds remaining in regulation.
Harvard will return to its usual ECAC schedule next weekend with a weekend slate against Quinnipiac and Princeton. The Bobcats will head to Cambridge on Friday for a 6 p.m. matchup set to air on NESNPlus while the Tigers will visit Bright-Landry on Saturday for a 4 p.m. contest that will be broadcast on NESN.
On Saturday, help the Crimson "Light the Bright-Landry" and break the all-time attendance record! Crimson fans are encouraged to wear their best neon attire and the first 1,000 fans will receive a light-up glow stick. Additionally, the first 400 fans through the door will receive a Harvard neon tshirt.