Kaitlin Spurling scored a shorthanded goal in the third period at Yale Saturday afternoon ( photo Gil Talbot).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Harvard women's ice hockey team won its fourth consecutive road game, a 4-0 win at Yale Saturday afternoon, to start the year 4-0. The Crimson put 48 shots on net, while limiting Yale to 12.
Harvard (4-0-0, 4-0-0 ECAC) opened the scoring in the 11th minutes with a Jillian Dempsey tally from the middle. The co-captain received the puck after Sarah Edney and Lyndsey Fry worked it around the set and produced a backhand goal to give the Crimson a 1-0 lead. The goal marked Dempsey's 18th straight game with a point, a career high.
Later in the second, Fry added a goal of her own to pad Harvard's lead. Kalley Armstrong sent a breakout pass to Sarah Edney who ran a 3-on-1 on Yale's end that ended in Fry's fourth goal of the season.
The Crimson held Yale (1-5-0, 1-3-0 ECAC) to seven shots on target in the first period and took 20 attempts in the stanza.
Although Harvard did not cushion its lead until the third period, the Crimson once again controlled the pace in the second and outshot Yale, 16-2.
Harvard added two more goals in the third frame to pull away from the Bulldogs. Dempsey scored her second of the day when Hilary Hayssen's shot traveled to the senior and she tipped it in past Yale's Jaimie Leonoff in the 11th minute of the period.
Two minutes later, Kaitlin Spurling tacked on another Harvard goal. While Yale was on a power play, Spurling sent a shot to the top shelf for an unassisted shorthanded goal.
Emerance Maschmeyer earned the win in the net with a 12-save effort. The freshman is now 2-0 with an impressive 0.50 goals against average as Harvard has allowed just one goal in its first four games.
The Crimson is out to a 4-0 start for the fourth time in program history and first time since 2007-08. Harvard has also won four straight road games to open the season for the first time since 2007-08, the only other time Harvard's has accomplished the feat.
Harvard is back on the ice Nov. 18 at Boston University.