Lyndsey Fry had three goals to help Harvard cruise to a 9-1 win at Princeton Saturday (photo Gil Talbot).
PRINCETON, N.J. – Lyndsey Fry and Jillian Dempsey led the way with three goals and five points, respectively, as six Harvard players found the back of the net to give the No.9-ranked Crimson women's hockey team a 9-1 victory at Princeton Saturday. Freshman Emerance Maschmeyer stopped 16 shots in goal to pick up the first win of her career.
The Crimson's second game of the year had a similar start to the first, as Harvard scored a power-play goal two minutes into the contest. Mary Parker won a faceoff to give Harvard, and eventually Sarah Edney, control of the puck. Edney flicked a pass off Hilary Crowe between the circles and the sophomore was able to spot the puck below her skate and move it to Parker near the right edge of the crease. The Crimson's freshman, who had two assists yesterday, deked to the right post with her forehand before switching to her backhand in front of the net and finishing past Princeton's Kimberly Newell for the first goal of her career.
Harvard's second goal of the afternoon came after Hilary Hayssen fed Dempsey, who skated to the middle and fired at Newell. Princeton's goalie made the initial save but could not corral the puck as it rebounded to the right. Lyndsey Fry was in the right place for the deflection and redirected the puck between the pipes.
Princeton's only real opportunity of the first period came after a Harvard penalty at the 10:11 mark. On the penalty kill Harvard allowed four shots on Maschmeyer, all of which the Bruderheim, Alta., native blocked. The Harvard penalty kill looked even more impressive four minutes later, as the Crimson outshot Princeton, 1-0, after a two-minute minor.
Harvard continued to own the advantage in power plays with another Fry goal at the start of the second stanza. Fry rocketed a shot just inside the left post from the blue line. Dempsey earned her second point of the day with an assist from the lower corner.
Dempsey connected with Fry again with 9:15 left in the second period to push Harvard's lead to 4-0. Dempsey spun on the left edge of the right circle to give herself a lane towards the goal and found Fry's blade on the back side of the net. The Harvard co-captain caught Newell expecting a shot and deferred to Fry who easily completed her hat trick.
The Tigers ended Maschmeyer's hopes of a shutout with Kelly Cooke's third goal of the season at 13:03 in the second period. The Princeton goal cut the Crimson's lead to three, but Harvard regained the momentum with two more scores over the next four minutes. Kaitlin Spurling scored the team's fifth goal of the day off a shot from the top of the left circle created from a long Sarah Edney pass and freshman Miye D'Oench recorded her first point as a Crimson with Harvard's sixth tally. D'Oench's goal came after classmate Dylanne Crugnale's shot created a pileup in the crease and the New York, N.Y., native knocked it in.
The Crimson needed just over three minutes in the third period to extended its lead to 8-1 with two more goals. First, Edney fired from under the left circle off of Newell's left leg pad. The shot bounced to Dempsey on the right side, where she beat Newell into the top right corner of the net. Dempsey scored again with 16:49 left in the game after Fry took a spinning backhand and Dempsey went top shelf for her fifth point of the contest.
Edney became the sixth Harvard player to score on a pinpoint shot to the left pipe from above the right faceoff dot midway through the third.
Harvard controlled the game from start to finish, outshooting Princeton, 49-17. The Crimson was 2-of-5 on power plays and killed both of Princeton's advantage opportunities.
Maschmeyer became the first Harvard goalie to record a win in her first start as a freshman since Christina Kessler '10 six years ago. Kessler made 21 saves to beat Brown, 8-1, Nov. 17, 2006.
The Crimson will take its 2-0 record to Brown and Yale next weekend. Harvard sees the Bears Friday at 7 p.m. before going to New Haven, Conn., Saturday at 4 p.m.