(photo credit Gil Talbot)
TROY, N.Y. – The Harvard women's hockey team (10-11-3, 8-8-2 ECAC Hockey) extended its win streak to five games and posted its third weekend sweep of the season with a 2-1 victory over Rensselaer (12-13-5, 9-7-1 ECAC Hockey) on Saturday afternoon at Houston Field House. Harvard now holds a secure grip on seventh in the conference, one point behind Rensselaer and four ahead of Quinnipiac and Yale, as playoff slots begin to take shape.
The Crimson put up 56 shots on goal today, the most since the team tallied 57 against Holy Cross last season. Kristin Della Rovere and Dominique Petrie led the scoresheet with eight apiece with Della Rovere notching her 10th goal of the season on a wild scramble in front of the net. Lindsay Reed stood guard between the pipes, making 23 saves to backstop the Crimson to a series sweep of Rensselaer.
Rensselaer capitalized on the power-play to take the opening goal at 11:21 of the first period, hitting home a rebound at the left side of the crease. Brooke Jovanovich responded at 7:58 of the second when she backhanded the puck over Selander's pad to score her fourth goal in three games. Harvard would take the lead 14:51 into the middle frame courtesy of quick moves that resulted in Kristin Della Rovere's 10th goal of the year on a wild exchange out front. Harvard held off the Engineers for the remainder of the game to secure the 2-1 win and close the weekend with four coveted conference points.
- Becca Gilmore extended her point streak to four games.
- Brooke Jovanovich has scored at least one goal in each of the last three games.
- Harvard posted a total 56 shots on target, led by Kristin Della Rovere and Dominique Petrie with eight each. The shot total is the most for the Crimson in a single game since Nov. 2017
- Harvard is now on a six-game unbeaten streak dating back to Jan. 26. The streak ranks third in NCAA Division I behind Boston University (10) and Northeastern (7).
- Harvard put 56 shots on goal to Rensselaer's 24.
Harvard looks forward for a shot at its 15th Beanpot Championship on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The Crimson will square off against No. 8/8 Boston University at 8 p.m. at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Tickets to the title game can be purchased here.