Career Over for Harvard’s Kessler

Harvard sources have confirmed that record-setting Crimson senior Christina Kessler has suffered a season-ending injury.

The national-caliber netminder endured a substantial but non-specific lower-body injury in practice in mid-January, cutting her final season short after 15 games. Sporting a 9-3-3 record, 1.34 goals-against average and a .944 save rate this year, Kessler carried her team to the Frozen Four two years ago in Duluth, and was named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year that season as well.

Oakville, Ontario native Kessler also led Canada’s Under-22 team to a silver medal in the 2009 MLP Cup, and a gold this year. Harvard’s all-time leader in wins, with 64, established that mark in what turned out to be her final game – a 5-1 win over Colgate on January 16.

Freshman Laura Bellamy takes over between the Crimson pipes, with junior Kylie Stephens returning to the team as a backup.

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