Showing no letdown from its victory over No. 1 Dartmouth on Saturday, the No. 3 Harvard women's hockey team blew out No. 6 Brown, 5-0, at Bright last night.
The Crimson (18-7-0, 17-3-0 ECAC) scored three first-period goals, which was more than enough offense for freshman goaltender Jessica Ruddock, who stopped 37 shots against the Bears (15-5-3, 12-5-3) to earn her second career shutout.
"We were ready to go," said senior winger Kiirsten Suurkask. "We just came off a big win against Dartmouth and we were ready to beat whomever was in our path."
Suurkask started off the Harvard scoring just 5:13 in the game. Remeniscent of the Dartmouth game on Saturday, junior co-captain Jennifer Botterill fired the puck across the net from the right of the goal to set up Harvard's first score. Suurkask drove the cross home from the opposite side for the 1-0 lead.
Just 1:26 later, sophomore winger Kalen Ingram deflected a high shot from the blue line by senior defenseman Jaime Notman into the net to put Harvard ahead 2-0. The Crimson was passing the puck at will in the Brown zone immediately preceding the goal, while the Bear defenders effectively stood and watched.
"[Brown] is very much a grind-it-out, dump-and-chase team," said Harvard Coach Katey Stone. "Sometimes you do have the tendency to stand around, especially when our kids were moving around pretty well, despite all the interference and the physical contact."
Suurkask tallied again at the 19:50 mark--her fourth goal in three contests following a 17-game scoring draught--to give Harvard a convincing 3-0 lead going into the locker room. She received a pass from sophomore linemate Tracy Catlin in the slot and fired a backhand through the five-hole of Brown goalie Pam Dryer.
Botterill assisted on all three Harvard goals in the period.
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