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No. 9 Harvard Tops Yale

Jaimie Leonoff. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jaimie Leonoff. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – No. 9 Harvard started quickly and never let up against the Yale women's ice hockey team Friday night at Ingalls Rink, scoring twice in the first five minutes and going on to an 8-0 win.

Freshman goalie Jaimie Leonoff got the start for the Bulldogs, and a pair of turnovers left her little chance to stop Harvard's first two goals. Forward Jillian Dempsey scored the first, at 3:40, and 46 seconds later forward Kaitlin Spurling added the second.

The Bulldogs successfully killed off their only penalty of the first, and shortly after that kill they got their first shot on goal. But Harvard goalie Laura Bellamy closed up the five hole on sophomore forward Jackie Raines, who tried to bury a nice feed from freshman forward Stephanie Mock.

Right after that Leonoff had her best save of the night, gloving a shot from right in front by forward Hillary Crowe. But Spurling extended the Crimson lead to 3-0 at the 14:12 mark.

After goals by forward Gina McDonald and forward Samantha Reber, senior Genny Ladiges came on in relief of Leonoff (20 saves). Ladiges made 18 saves, allowing third-period goals by forward Kailey Armstrong, forward Hillary Crowe and forward Elizabeth Parker.

Yale hosts No. 10 Dartmouth Saturday at 4 p.m.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity