Miye D'Oench opened the score for Harvard against New Hampshire Saturday afternoon (photo Gil Talbot).
DURHAM, N.H. – Miye D'Oench contributed a second-period goal and Jillian Dempsey netted the game-tying score in the third to push the No. 4/5 Harvard women's ice hockey team to a 2-2 tie at New Hampshire Saturday afternoon. Harvard outshot the Wildcats, 22-18, in the game that was televised live on Fox College Sports Atlantic and the Live Well Network.
Dempsey's tally extended her career long point streak to 25 games, while D'Oench scored in back-to-back games for the first time in her young career. Freshman Emerance Maschmeyer held Providence to two scores with 16 saves to remain undefeated at 4-0-1 on the season. The newcomer is one of three goalies in the country that has not lost a game in 2012-13.
The two teams played a quiet first period with neither team creating many scoring opportunities. The Crimson put five shots on New Hampshire's Jenn Gilligan, but each was denied by the Wildcat's netminder.
UNH sent eight shots on goal, including five during a power-play opportunity late in the frame. Emerance Maschmeyer stopped a flurry of New Hampshire shots to keep the score even, as the Wildcats committed a penalty just five seconds after ending the advantage to put Harvard up a skater.
The Crimson could not convert on its first power-play opportunity at the end of the first and initial 44 seconds of the second period, but broke the scoreless tie five minutes into the middle stanza. Miye D'Oench handled a Samantha Reber pass at the blue line with no Wildcat defenders ahead of her and beat Gilligan. D'Oench faked left to draw UNH's goalie to the post before switching back right and finishing past the leg of Gilligan.
Harvard's lead was surrendered 10 minutes later on back-to-back New Hampshire scores. Nicole Gifford swung behind the net to pull Maschmeyer towards her and open the net before finding Hannah Armstrong at the opposite post to tie the score at 15:57. UNH's Jessica Hitchcock redirected a rebound 19 seconds later to give the Crimson just its second deficit of the year, 2-1.
Much like the first, both teams struggled to get decent looks at the net throughout the second period as New Hampshire held a slight 13-10 advantage in shots on goal through 40 minutes.
Dempsey's point streak looked like it was in jeopardy as Harvard trailed 2-1 midway through the third period, but the senior co-captain came up with a momentum changing goal at the 11:31 mark of the third. Sarah Edney fired from the point, UNH came up with a save, but Dempsey was there to redirect the rebound into the back of the net.
Harvard was faced with a penalty-kill situation within two minutes of Dempsey's equalizer and once again the Crimson was up for the challenge. Maschmeyer stopped two shots on goal from UNH during the two-minute kill to make Providence 0 for 3 in power plays on the night and make Harvard's kill 36 of 38 (.947) on the year.
The Crimson was rewarded with a power-play chance of its own at the 16:12 mark and Dempsey nearly sent Harvard home a winner near the end of the opportunity. The Winthrop, Mass., native picked up the puck on the right boards, skated towards the middle and rocketed a shot towards the goal, but the attempt drew pipe and the two teams were headed to overtime.
Maschmeyer made two saves during the five-minute overtime session and the Crimson put three shots on net, but each was denied to result in the 2-2 tie.
Tonight's game marked the end of the Crimson's 2012 portion of the 2012-13 slate. Harvard will back in action Jan. 4 and Jan. 5 at Union and Rensselaer.
- Tonight was Harvard's first tie and first overtime contest of the season.
- Jillian Dempsey moved her point streak to 25 games. She now has 15 goals and 10 assists for 25 points for an average of 2.27 points per game, 1.36 goals per contest and 0.91 assists per game in 2012-13.
- Harvard has killed 36-of-38 penalties (.947) this season, good for second in the country.
- Jillian Dempsey is in 14th place on the Harvard all-time scoring list. She has contributed 128 points during 106 career games for the Crimson.
- For the 17th time in 29 games in 2012, Harvard allowed less than 20 shots on net, surrendering just 18 shots Saturday. The Crimson has allowed less than 20 shots seven times this season, and opponents are only averaging 17.9 shots on goal per game.
- Harvard found itself trailing for just the second time this season during today's game. The only other time the Crimson had trailed in the first 11 games was in its 2-1 loss to Boston University Nov. 18.