CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Mary Harding (Wilton, Conn.) posted her second career hat-trick Friday night and the MIT women's ice hockey team went on to post a 7-0 win over Plymouth State University in the first meeting between both programs.
The Engineers won their third straight game and improved to 4-11-0 overall and 3-11-0 in varsity games, while the Panthers fell to 2-13-0 overall 0-10-0 in their inaugural season of varsity play.
Plymouth State sophomore netminder Lindsay DeLorie (Holliston, Mass.) denied MIT numerous scoring opportunities during the early stages of the contest, including a stop on a penalty shot four minutes in. MIT eventually broke through when Harding notched her first of the game in the 12th minute. Junior Rachel Longley (Westwood, Mass.) and sophomore Stephanie Brenman (Newton, Mass.) added goals two minutes apart late in the first period to make it a 3-0 game.
Harding added her second of the game on the power play in the first minute of the second period. Sophomore Sarah John (Plymouth, Minn.) boosted the MIT lead to five with her second of the season, and freshman Kelcie Abraham (Toronto, Ont.) added her first goal of the season with a player-advantage to make it 6-0 after two.
Harding completed her hat trick with a power play goal with less than four minutes remaining in the third period.
MIT freshman goalie Maria Prus (Pittsburgh, Pa.) earned her third win of the season and the first shutout of her career, making six saves. DeLorie stopped 27 shots, including 19 during the first period, while freshman Amanda Arvin (Concord, N.H.) came on in relief in the second period and stopped four of the five shots she faced over the final 23 minutes.
The two teams will match up again on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at MIT.
(Courtesy of MIT Sports Information)
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