CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The RV/RV Harvard women's hockey team (17-12-1, 15-6-1 ECAC Hockey) took Game One of ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals from RV Yale (16-14-0, 13-9-0 ECAC Hockey) by a score of 4-0 on Friday afternoon at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Crimson is now one win away from advancing to championship weekend for the first time since 2015.
Lindsay Reed made her return in goal today, recording her first shutout of the season on 27 saves. Becca Gilmore led the game with three points on two goals and an assist. Kristin Della Rovere, Anne Bloomer, Kat Hughes, Brooke Jovanovich and Maryna Macdonald also etched their names on the scoresheet. On defense, Kyra Willoughby posted three blocked shots.
Harvard outshot Yale 9-5 in the opening frame and took a 1-0 lead at 14:40. Kat Hughes initiated the play, blocking a Yale shot from the point and proceeding to carry the puck up ice to the o-zone faceoff circle. She fed the puck across the slot to Becca Gilmore who finished the play, chipping it past Meloni.
Gilmore made it 2-0 on the power-play when she caught a piece of a Maryna Macdonald shot from the point at 6:09 of the second. Just over five minutes later at 11:22, Kristin Della Rovere intercepted a Yale pass in the d-zone before teaming up with Gilmore down the ice to make it 3-0 Crimson heading into the final frame.
Harvard maintained its strong defense in the third, managing to hold Yale scoreless through 2:27 of empty net time to close the game. Anne Bloomer put an exclamation point on the win with 22.7 seconds remaining in regulation when she caught the puck off a neutral zone faceoff and fired it towards the empty net.
- Lindsay Reed pitched her fourth career shutout and first of the season.
- Becca Gilmore recorded three points on two goals and an assist.
- Kristin Della Rovere tallied her 20th goal of the season.
- Harvard has the opportunity to sweep Yale and advance to Championship Weekend for the first time since 2015.
- Harvard has not posted back-to-back shutouts was Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2018 against Rensselaer (2-0) and Union (4-0). Lindsay Reed was in net for both games.
- Harvard is 15-0-0 this season when leading after two periods.
- The Crimson is 10-0-0 this season when scoring three or more goals.
Harvard returns tomorrow for a 3 p.m. puck drop in Game Two of ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals.