Jan. 10, 2010


Courtesy of Harvard

HAMDEN, Conn. -- Freshman goaltender Laura Bellamy recorded nine saves and held Quinnipiac scoreless on two power plays, but the fifth-ranked Harvard women’s hockey team fell on the road to the Bobcats by a 1-0 margin Saturday afternoon at TD Bank Sports Center.

In a scoreless first period, Harvard (8-4-3, 6-4-1 ECAC Hockey) fired four of the five shots on goal in the opening stanza, including two off the stick of Anna McDonald late in the frame that were saved by Quinnipiac goaltender Victoria Vigilanti. In the opening minutes of the second, Quinnipiac (9-7-6, 6-3-5) tested Bellamy, and the rookie netminder came up with two big saves on Bobcat rushes. First, Janine Duffy skated down the left side before wristing a shot that Bellamy turned away, and then Breehan Polic’s attempt from the right circle was batted away by the Harvard goaltender.

Harvard’s best chance in the middle stanza came on a quick move in front of the goal by Jillian Dempsey. Playing the puck in the right corner, Dempsey spun around, eluding a defender, before trying to stuff the puck through the pads of Vigilanti. The Quinnipiac goaltender covered up the puck on the play, as Harvard extended its advantage in shots on goal to 13-4 at that point. At the 17:12 mark of the second period, Quinnipiac’s Kate Wheeler slid a pass to Kelley Davies who fired a shot through Bellamy and into the back of the net, giving the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.

In need of a goal to tie the game late in the third period, the Crimson earned a power play at 16:07 when Quinnipiac’s Heather Hughes was called for slashing. On the ensuing chance with an extra attacker, Liza Ryabkina blasted a shot from the right point, but the puck hit Vigilanti in the chest, allowing her to make the save. With time winding down in regulation, the Crimson pulled Bellamy with 48 seconds remaining, giving Harvard an extra attacker. In the final seconds, Kate Buesser nearly tipped home a rebound in front, but the puck bounced over her stick and away from the cage.

The Crimson held the final count in shots, 31-9, and was 0-for-2 on the power play.

Harvard will return to Bright Hockey Center to host No. 8 Cornell in a key Ivy League and ECAC Hockey contest Friday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.

Crimson Rallies Twice To Earn 3-3 Tie With Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The fifth-ranked Harvard women’s hockey team came back from a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-3 tie at Princeton Friday afternoon at Baker Rink. Anna McDonald, Kelsey Romatoski and Jillian Dempsey each netted goals for the Crimson, while Laura Bellamy stopped 13 shots in her first career start, helping Harvard move to 8-3-3 overall and 6-3-1 in ECAC Hockey (3-2-1 Ivy League).

Princeton (8-9-3, 6-4-3, 3-2-1) netted the game’s first two goals, coming on a shot by Paula Romanchuk at 5:27 of the first period, followed by a power-play tally off the stick of Corey Stearns at 8:17 of the opening frame. The Crimson battled back midway through the first, as Ashley Wheeler found McDonald for the senior’s fourth goal of the season, as McDonald lit the lamp at 11:45. Through one period of action, Harvard held the edge in shots on goal, 9-6, and in faceoff victories, 9-7, but trailed on the scoreboard, 2-1.

Early in the second, Kate Buesser teamed up with Romatoski for the freshman’s first career goal, which tied the game, 2-2, at 3:58. Harvard successfully killed off back-to-back penalties at 13:54 and 15:38, and had an opportunity to grab a 3-2 lead, but a quality shot by Buesser was saved at 16:27. After winning a faceoff in the Harvard zone, Romanchuk found the back of the net for the second time on the day, as she placed a shot past Bellamy at 17:00, putting Princeton back on top, 3-2.

The Crimson earned its fourth power play of the game at 15:39, as Princeton was whistled for a high sticking infraction. Less than a minute into the extra-attacker opportunity, Dempsey blasted a shot that beat Princeton goaltender Cassie Seguin at 16:31, knotting the game. Buesser collected her second assist on Dempsey’s goal, while Coskren was also credited with an assist. After the first 60 minutes, the Crimson outshot the Tigers, 24-16, and each squad had mustered a power-play goal. Harvard managed the lone shot on goal in overtime, as the teams could not score in the extra session.

Harvard remains on the road and will visit Quinnipiac Saturday at 4 p.m.