Harvard completes comeback, downs St. Lawrence at home

Harvard completes comeback, downs St. Lawrence at home

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team (11-12-3, 9-8-2 ECAC Hockey) scored four unanswered goals to top St. Lawrence (13-13-5, 8-7-4 ECAC Hockey) 4-2 on Friday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. With the win, the Crimson has moved up to fifth in the conference with three regular games left on the slate. 

Lindsay Reed added another 45 saves to her season total while Kat Hughes lit the lamp with the game winner at 13:07 of the third period. Kristin Della Rovere put the final nail in the coffin with a short-handed score at 16:21 of the final frame. 

Harvard showed its resilience tonight, erasing a two-goal deficit to come back and win. St. Lawrence struck first at 14:40 of the opening period on a bad bounce off Reed's shoulder. The Saints would double their lead just 26 seconds into the middle frame when Rachel Smith picked up a rebound on the doorstep.

Harvard broke its silence at 8:44 of the second when Becca Gilmore went one-on-one with Harrison and scored backhanded in the crease. Less than a minute later, Emma Buckles would tie the game with a slapshot from the point. With momentum on its side, Harvard continued to battle and broke through again at 13:07 of the third courtesy of Kat Hughes' redirect of a Della Rovere pass from the boards. Hughes' tally would prove to be the game-winner. With less than four minutes to play, Kristin Della Rovere added an insurance goal short-handed when she blocked a St. Lawrence shot at the point and went on a breakaway for her 12th of the year. 

Harvard Highlights

  • Harvard improves to 9-8-2 in ECAC Hockey play and now sits tied for fifth with three games remaining in the regular season.
  • Kat Hughes and Emma Buckles both scored their second goals of the season.
  • Kyra Willoughby posted her first multi-point game with assists on Becca Gilmore's and Hughes' goals.
  • Lindsay Reed has made 45 saves or more in three of her last four appearances. 

Game Notes

  • Harvard earned its 40th win all-time against St. Lawrence and now leads the all-time series 40-17-8.
  • The Crimson put up 19 blocks, led by Dominique Petrie, Brooke Jovanovich and Kaitlin Tse with three apiece.
  • Kristin Della Rovere and Becca Gilmore led the roster with six shots on target each.
  • Becca Gilmore has tallied points in six of her last seven games (1-7-8).
  • Kristin Della Rovere has scored a goal in four games straight. 

What's Next
Harvard will return to the ice tomorrow at 3 p.m. to take on the No. 4/4 Clarkson Golden Knights. Following the game, the Crimson will celebrate the Class of 2019 with its annual senior ceremony.