CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the first ever matchup between the two programs, eleven different players marked the scoresheet for the Harvard women's hockey team (4-1-1, 3-1-1 ECAC) in an 8-3 win over the Holy Cross Crusaders (5-4-1) on Friday night. Seven players put up multi-point efforts and three players tallied multiple goals. The all-freshmen forward line continued to blaze through the competition, posting a combined stat line of 4-5-9.
After Keely Moy opened scoring two minutes in, the Crimson found itself down 2-1 through the end of the first. Becca Gilmore was able to net an equalizer early in the second to keep Harvard afloat but a power-play tally from Holy Cross held the Crusaders up, 3-2, halfway through the contest. With the second frame winding down, Kaitlin Tse notched her first goal of the season on the man-advantage and Becca Gilmore gave Harvard a 4-3 lead with 1:36 remaining in the middle period. With 20 minutes to play and one goal separating the two teams, Harvard upped the ante and fired off four goals in less than six minutes to open the final frame. Kat Hughes kicked off the goal party at 1:04 and was followed by Keely Moy 49 seconds later. One wasn't enough as Hughes came back for her second of the night just over a minute later. Just 3:03 into the third, Harvard had pulled itself up from a 4-3 advantage to a comfortable 7-3 lead. To put the exclamation point on the night, Bradley Fusco came charging in on the power-play, netting the final goal of the night in the 8-3 win.
- Harvard outshot Holy Cross 57-13, including 22-3 in the final period.
- Senior captain Haley Mullins crushed at the faceoff dot, winning 16 of 20 attempts.
- Junior captain Kate Hallett earned her first collegiate start.
- Harvard converted on two of four power plays while Holy Cross went one-for-two.
- Less than three minutes in, the all-freshmen line put Harvard on the board after Keely Moy potted her third goal of the season off a Brooke Jovanovich rebound at 2:13.
- Holy Cross was able to even the score at 10:49 after Sam Girard sent a shot through Larcom's glove from the top of the right circle.
- With 34 seconds remaining in the opening frame, Holy Cross fired a flurry of shots on Harvard's net and was able to cause enough commotion to get one over Larcom's right shoulder to go up 2-1.
- The Class of 2021 struck again 2:26 into the second when Brooke Jovanovich swung the puck to Sydney Sorkin at the point who then fed it to Becca Gilmore in the slot for a top-shelf equalizer.
- Holy Cross capitalized on its first power-play opportunity when Danielle Doherty camped in front of the net and was able to redirect a shot from Tori Messina to put the Crusaders back up 3-2 at 8:38 of the middle frame.
- On Harvard's lone power-play opportunity in the second, Haley Mullins won an offensive zone faceoff back to Ali Peper at the point. Peper sent the puck across to Katilin Tse who blasted a one-timer through traffic to tie the score for the third time at 15:17.
- Emma Buckles recovered the puck in Harvard's d-zone and fed it to Becca Gilmore at mid-ice. Gilmore carried the puck to the net and buried her second of the game through Pelletier's five hole at 18:24 to put the Crimson up 4-3 heading into the final period.
- At 1:04 of the third, Hughes gained possession off a Holy Cross turnover and fired a backhand shot to the upper right shelf over Pelletier's blocker to give Harvard its first two-goal lead of the night.
- After Becca Gilmore dug the puck out along the boards, Keely Moy grabbed a piece of Gilmore's shot to net her second of the night and extend Harvard's lead to 6-3 at 1:53 of the third.
- Just 1:10 later, Ali Peper took the puck over the Holy Cross blue line, sending it to Kat Hughes who approached the net and launched another backhanded shot top shelf, adding to the Crimson's lead at 3:03 of the third.
- After Pelletier made the initial save off a Katilin Tse shot, Bradley Fusco picked up the rebound in the crease and put it through Pelletier's five hole for an 8-3 Crimson lead at 5:43 of the final period.
Harvard will finish out the weekend series with Holy Cross tomorrow afternoon in Worcester, Mass. The game will be held at the Hart Center and is scheduled for a 2 p.m. puck drop. The game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.