No. 2 Women’s Hockey Continues ECAC Dominance, Downs Quinnipiac 4-0
Lyndsey Fry picked up two assists for the second straight night (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 2 Harvard women's hockey team continued its dominance of ECAC Hockey opponents, downing Quinnipiac, 4-0, Saturday afternoon at Bright Hockey Center.
Jillian Dempsey and Miye D'Oench both had a goal and an assist on the night to help the Crimson improve to 11-0-0 in ECAC play and 13-1-1 overall. Kalley Armstrong and Samantha Reber both had single tallies with Armstrong's her fourth game-winner of the year, while Lyndsey Fry picked up two assists for the second night in a row. Hillary Crowe and Kelsey Romatoski also added helpers, and Emerance Maschmeyer made 18 saves in net for her second shutout of the season and the Crimson's second in as many nights to help Harvard move back into sole possession of first place in scoring defense at .67 goals per game.
Harvard threatened in the early goings, but Quinnipiac goalie Victoria Vigilanti made several sprawling saves to keep Harvard off the scoreboard in the first.
The Crimson finally broke through with its 10th shot of the period. Following a Quinnipiac turnover near center ice, Dempsey skated in on net all alone and fired a shot that careened off Vigilanti's pads. Armstrong, crashing the net, picked up the puck and sent it home to get the Crimson on the board 17:33 into the frame.
Harvard continued to dominate possession of the puck and spent the early part of the second period camped in the Quinnipiac zone. Dempsey extended the advantage to two when Fry found her camped out on the right post where the senior co-captain slapped it home 3:23 after the intermission for her 18th tally of the year.
The Bobcats briefly threatened in the final five minutes of the second, getting four shots on net, but Maschmeyer and the rest of the defense proved up to the task to keep Quinnipiac scoreless.
Harvard returned to dominating possession of the puck and tacked on another insurance goal early in the third period on another rebound opportunity. Hillary Crowe fired a backhand in front of the net that bounced off Vigilanti's chest protector and onto D'Oench's stick for her sixth goal of the year with 14:24 remaining in the game.
The Bobcats best chance to score came after Sarah Edney was whistled for tripping midway through the third. The Bobcats possessed the puck for nearly all of the two minutes in the Harvard zone; however, the blue and gold failed to get a shot on net the entire time as the Crimson improved its top-ranked penalty kill to 48-of-50 on the season with four kills on the night.
After that Harvard removed all doubt with its fourth goal of the night when Samtha Reber buried a wrist shot in the top left corner of the net from the slot on a feed from D'Oench to cap off the night's scoring.
After getting outshot in their first meeting, the Crimson held a 30-18 advantage in shots this time.
Harvard continues its five-game homestand against UConn Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
Harvard has yet to trail in an ECAC contest this season ... During ECAC play, Harvard has scored more goals than opponents while the Crimson is on the penalty kill. Harvard has scored two short-handed goals and has allowed its opponents to score just one power-play tally ... Harvard has not allowed a third-period goal in 11 ECAC games, it is the only team to have blanked all of its opponents in any period ... Harvard is 14-2-1 in the all-time series against the Bobcats since the teams first met in 2005 ... The Crimson is tied with Minnesota for the nation's lead in scoring defense at 0.71 goals against per game ... Harvard is on a 10-game unbeaten streak (9-0-1), the third longest run in the country ... Emerance Maschmeyer is one of three goalies in the nation with a goals-against average below 1.0 ... Maschmeyer and Minnesota's Noora Räty (19-0-0) are the only undefeated goalies in the country ... Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard's Women's Ice Hockey, moves to within nine wins of 400 for her career. She currently stands 391-165-32 and is the winningest coach in Division I women's hockey history.