PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Harvard's power-play once again stole the show as the women's hockey team (9-11-1, 7-8-1 ECAC) snapped a seven-game skid with a 6-1 victory over the Brown Bears (2-21-0, 1-15-0 ECAC) on Saturday afternoon at Meehan Auditorium. The Crimson posted a season best 60 percent conversion rate on the man advantage, connecting on three of five opportunities. Prior to this weekend's contests, Harvard had totaled 10 power-play tallies in 19 games. This weekend the Crimson put up five in just two games.
Kat Hughes put the Crimson ahead less than five minutes in and Harvard kept rolling from there. Harvard scored back-to-back power-play goals from Keely Moy and Kaitlin Tse to go up 3-0 midway through the second. Keely Moy would strike again with 12 seconds remaining in the second before Becca Gilmore would add a pair of tallies in the third, including the Crimson's third power-play goal of the afternoon with 25 seconds remaining on the game clock. The Bears would find their way past Dutton just once in the contest on a loose puck right in front of the goal.
Becky Dutton earned her first career win on 19 saves between the pipes this afternoon while Harvard outshot Brown 32-20.
- Kat Hughes put the Crimson on the board just 4:51 into the game when she clipped a shot from Brooke Jovanovich. After Emma Buckles took the puck through the neutral zone and fed it to Jovanovich at the top of the left circle, Jovanovich ripped a shot and Hughes was able to catch a piece of it in the slot to send the puck bouncing past Rippy.
- Keely Moy potted her second career power-play goal and Harvard's third of the weekend after the Bears took back-to-back penalties late in the first. With a similar look of the first tally, Brooke Jovanovich fired a shot from the top of the right circle where Moy was able to clip it in the slot before it dropped behind Rippy at 13:51 of the first.
- Midway through the second, Harvard tallied its second power-play goal off the stick of Kaitlin Tse. After Emma Buckles took a shot from the point, Haley Mullins guided the puck directly at Rippy from the slot. Rippy made the initial save but Kaitlin Tse was waiting at the right corner of the net, ready to tuck in the rebound at 10:36 of the middle frame, putting Harvard up 3-0.
- Harvard would open the flood gates with 12 seconds remaining in the second period when Keely Moy potted her second of the game. After Chelsea Ziadie passed the puck along the blue line to Ali Peper, Peper rifled a shot from the point that Kate Hallett scrambled en route to the goal, causing Rippy to let the puck loose in the crease where Keely Moy chipped it into the right corner at 19:48 of the second period.
- Less than four minutes into the third and after a Brown goalie change, Brooke Jovanovich shot the puck from point blank range as she was being toppled by two Brown defenders. With Julianne Landry unable to secure the puck due to the scramble at the net, Becca Gilmore came up the right side of the crease and hammered home the loose puck at 3:56 of the final frame.
- Brown eliminated the hopes of a shutout with 10:27 remaining in regulation. Sena Hanson recovered the puck behind the Harvard net, out of Dutton's sight range, and made a quick pass to Sam Donovan at the top of the crease where she was able to seamlessly get a shot off that initially bounced off Dutton's pad but left the puck available for a rebound goal.
- The Crimson power-play would get the final word when Brown took a hooking penalty with 47 seconds on the clock. Just 22 seconds into the penalty, Chelsea Ziadie swung the puck over to Emma Buckles who was primed for a rocket of a one-timer from the top of the right circle. The shot was blocked by a Brown defender but was redirected to Becca Gilmore inside the left circle who had a wide-open angle to put it top shelf at 19:35 of the third period.
Harvard will return home next weekend to face Cornell and Colgate. During both games, the team will be highlighting Concussion Awareness Weekend in partnership with the ECAC and Headway Foundation. Friday's clash with Cornell is set for a 6 p.m. start and will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network. Saturday's tilt with Colgate is set for 3 p.m. and will air on NESN in addition to the Ivy League Network. Also, following Saturday's game, fans are invited to bring their skates and join the Crimson for a postgame skate.