HAMDEN, Conn. – The Harvard women's hockey team (5-0-0, 5-0-0 ECAC Hockey) preserved its spotless record with a 3-2 overtime win at Quinnipiac (4-5-2, 0-4-1 ECAC Hockey) on Saturday afternoon. The win marks the Crimson's best start to a season in over a decade.
Highlighting the game was Anne Bloomer's overtime score that not only gave Harvard its first win against Quinnipiac since Jan. 2015, but also held her place at the top of the NCAA in goals per game. Additionally, Becca Gilmore notched her eighth assist in five games, which propelled her to first in the nation in assists per game (1.60). Lindsay Reed also registered her fourth win of the year, setting a new career high for consecutive wins.
Harvard opened scoring just 6:12 into the first period when Kristin Della Rovere put the puck in front of the Quinnipiac goalie where Keely Moy was able to finish through the five hole. The Bobcats would convert on the power-play 1:44 into the second but the Crimson responded less than a minute later when Kat Hughes went top shelf off a Becca Gilmore rebound.
The scoreboard would hold at 2-1 until the final minute of regulation when Quinnipiac went all in and tied the game with an extra attacker on the ice. Just 1:08 into its first overtime period of the year, Bloomer backhanded a shot stick side to deliver the win.
- Anne Bloomer, Kat Hughes and Dominique Petrie have each tallied at least one point in all five games this season.
- Bloomer now has six goals in five games (1.20 goals per game), good for first in the nation.
- Becca Gilmore has totaled eight assists in five games (1.60 assists per game) which also ranks her at the top of the NCAA.
- Lindsay Reed made 25 saves in net, earning her fourth straight victory, a new career high.
- Harvard snapped an eight-game victory drought against the Bobcats. The last time the Crimson took home a win was during the 2014-15 season, also the last time it came away with a victory in an overtime contest.
- For the fifth consecutive game, Harvard scored within the first 10 minutes of play.
- Harvard has put together its best start to the season in more than a decade. The last time the Crimson opened 5-0 was the 2007-08 campaign when it went undefeated in its first 11 games.
Harvard will take a 10-day hiatus before returning to action for a 2019 Beanpot Championship rematch with Boston University. The tilt is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Walter Brown Arena.