CANTON, N.Y. – Backed by 40 saves from sophomore netminder Beth Larcom and two goals from rookie Becca Gilmore, the Harvard women's hockey team (13-13-2, 10-9-2 ECAC) defeated No. 8/8 St. Lawrence (17-10-4, 13-6-2 ECAC), 2-1, at Appleton Arena on Friday night.
Through almost 30 minutes, neither team was able to find the back of the net. Then at 8:46 of the second period, Becca Gilmore was poised in the crease to knock in an Emma Buckles rebound to crack the scoreboard for the Crimson. The lamp would not be lit again until 18:47 of the third when Gilmore added her second of the game, an empty-netter, to put Harvard up 2-0. With time winding down, St. Lawrence put forth enough effort to cut the deficit to one, but was unable to overcome the Crimson in the final seconds.
St. Lawrence outshot Harvard 41-16 but the Crimson held a 14-11 blocked shot advantage. Neither team was successful on the power-play, Harvard going 0-2 and St. Lawrence going 0-1.
This was Harvard's first win over a ranked opponent since Feb. 2016 when the Crimson defeated No.9/9 Colgate 4-1 in the ECAC Quarterfinals.
Becca Gilmore's two goals put her season point total at 32, which is the points tallied by a freshman since the 2004-05 season (Sarah Vaillancourt).
- Becca Gilmore put the Crimson on the board first at 8:46 of the second period. Kate Glover had possession along the right boards and fed the puck to Emma Buckles in the middle of the point. Buckles rifled a shot that went loose in the crease where Gilmore banged it home to give the Crimson a 1-0 lead.
- Late in the third, Becca Gilmore extended the Crimson lead to two. After blocking a St. Lawrence shot at the right point, Gilmore skated across the neutral zone and sent the puck towards the net to score at 18:47 of the third from half ice.
- In a last ditch effort, the Saints were able to put themselves on the board to cut the Crimson's lead to one. After Hanna Miller fired the puck toward the net from the right circle, Justine Reyes was able to clip it at the left of the crease to tally the lone score for St. Lawrence at 19:13 of the final frame.
The Crimson will return to the ice tomorrow at 3 p.m. to take on No. 2/2 Clarkson. Following the conclusion of ECAC contests tomorrow night, Harvard will learn its playoff fate, with first round games set for next weekend at the higher seeded schools.