INDIANAPOLIS – Harvard right-winger Kat Hughes has been named the NCAA Ice Hockey First Star of the Week, as announced by the organization today. Hughes is coming off a five-point weekend where she scored back-to-back game winning goals to secure Harvard a spot in the ECAC playoffs.
On Friday night against Union, Hughes first added an assist on line mate Becca Gilmore's goal to put the Crimson up 2-1 early in the third period. Just 1:08 later, Hughes tallied a goal of her own that would become the deciding factor in the 3-2 final score. The next day, the sophomore recorded her third three-point outing of the season on two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist against Rensselaer. The consecutive multi-point outings were her seventh and eighth of the season.
Take a look at Hughes' game-winning tallies from the weekend
Hughes has quickly jumped to one of Harvard's most dangerous weapons on offense. Her 14 goals this season lead the team and are almost triple her total from last season. Eight of her scores have come in the third period. She ranks second on the team in points (25) and third in assists (11).
The sophomore is averaging 0.54 goals per game, a mark that ranks in the top 20 of all Division I players, and seventh in the conference. Overall, the New York native sits 10th in the conference in goals (14) and 15th in points (25). Her four game-winning tallies is the fourth most in the league and the NCAA and she is one of just six ECAC players to net a hat trick this season. Hughes is in the midst of her fifth point streak of the season, having scored in Harvard's last three outings, a career high.
As of late, Harvard's second line, Brooke Jovanovich, Becca Gilmore and Kat Hughes, has been making a big impact on the scoresheet. In two games last weekend, the trio was responsible for 16 of 22 total points scored and seven of eight goals. All three are 20+ point scorers this season, the most Harvard has had on a roster since the 2015-16 season. In 17 games played together, they've scored 48 points on 20 goals and 28 assists.
Harvard returns to the ice on Feb. 13 at 4:30 p.m. to take on the Northeastern Huskies in the 40th annual women's Beanpot consolation final.