Samantha Reber tied a career high with three points Tuesday night (photo Gil Talbot).
BOSTON – The No. 5 Harvard women's hockey team scored three goals in 2:47 of the second period to surge past No. 3 Boston University, 3-0, in tonight's Beanpot consolation game at Matthews Arena. Samantha Reber led the charge, picking up a goal and two assists in the spurt, while second-line mate Hillary Crowe contributed one goal and one assist.
The Crimson (18-3-2) outshot BU (18-5-3) in the first two periods to accumulate a 37-32 advantage in shots on goal for the game and avenged a Nov. 18 loss to the Terriers. Harvard moved to 15-2 in Beanpot games against BU with the win that saw freshman Emerance Maschmeyer make 32 saves. Maschmeyer's third shutout advanced her record to 8-2-1 this season.
Harvard dominated the action in the first period, as Boston University was sent to the penalty box on four occasions. The Crimson could not get on the board during the first 20 minutes, despite eight minutes of skater-advantage time, but did send 16 shots at BU's Kerrin Sperry. The Terriers managed to get nine shots at Maschmeyer.
Lyndsey Fry, who led the Crimson with eight shots, gave Harvard its initial score, a power-play goal at the 13:11 mark of the second period. The puck circled around the power-play set, with BU captain Marie-Philip Poulin watching from the penalty box, before Fry wristed a shot from the middle. Sperry was screened by a number of bodies in front of the net and the puck soared over her shoulder into the top shelf.
Harvard used just 18 seconds to get its second tally. Hillary Crowe found Reber just outside the crease and the sophomore beat BU's netminder. It was a perfect pass from Crowe through a pair of Boston University defender's to Reber, who sent the puck flying past Sperry's stick-hand shoulder.
Reber rewarded Crowe's helper by connecting with her again, this time with Crowe finding the back of the net 2:29 later. She pushed a shot towards the left pipe, as a Terrier defender slid across the front and Kaitlin Spurling helped to blind Sperry. The puck slid through, just behind the defender on the ice, and went untouched past Sperry's skate and tucked next to the post.
Maschmeyer highlighted the third period with 14 blocks, including a number of challenging saves during Harvard's penalty kill in the frame. The freshman goalie helped Harvard kill three infractions to improve its nation-leading penalty kill to 93.2 percent this season. The Crimson went one for five on power-play chances.
The win gives Harvard momentum entering a pivotal ECAC weekend, as the Crimson travels to Cornell and Colgate. The Big Red currently stands one point ahead of Harvard in the conference standings, although Cornell has played two more games. Colgate sits in eighth place and is a potential first-round opponent for Harvard in the ECAC playoffs.
Harvard is now 22-9-0 all-time against BU … Today marks the first win for Harvard over Boston University since Feb. 3, 2009 after losing three straight to BU … Jillian Dempsey is one point away from the Harvard's top ten in career points … Samantha Reber previously had three points three different times including Dec. 7 vs. Providence … Crowe scored a goal for the first time since Nov. 30, a span of 14 games … Maschmeyer's 32 saves was two short of her career high set against Boston College in the Beanpot semifinal … Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, is now four wins away from 400 for her career.