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No. 6/7 Women’s Hockey Claim ECAC Semifinal Berth with 4-0 Win Over Dartmouth

Fry helped the Crimson sweep Dartmouth and advance to the ECAC semifinals (photo Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
Led by Lyndsey Fry's two goal effort, the No. 6/7 Harvard women's ice hockey team posted its consecutive clean sheet over Dartmouth, 4-0,  at Bright Hockey Center in Game 2 of the ECAC quarterfinals Saturday afternoon.  Harvard's seventh consecutive quarterfinal sweep allows the Crimson (23-5-3, 17-3-2 ECAC) to advance to the ECAC semifinals. 

Fry posted her sixth multi-goal game of the season while Kaitlin Spurling and Mary Parker netted one apiece. Emerance Maschmeyer posted back-to-back shutouts over the Big Green (16-10-5, 11-7-4 ECAC) for the first time in her career. The 17-save clean sheet is the freshman's fifth of her career.  

The Harvard offense did not take long to start the scoring, just 17 seconds into the game Fry took control of the puck behind Dartmouth's net. Fry curved around the left goal post and netted a backhanded shot, the first shot attempt for the Crimson in the afternoon, to give Harvard a 1-0 lead. After the goal the teams traded penalties, but neither team connected on its power-play opportunities. With 2:30 remaining in the first period Jillian Dempsey and a Big Green defender fought for possession below the red line in Dartmouth's zone. Dempsey made a spun around the defense and made room for a one-on-one with Holdcroft right outside the left dot. Holdcroft denied Dempsey's shot with a chest pad save to keep the score at 1-0 into the first intermission.

Dartmouth's defense kept Harvard out of the Big Green's zone for the opening half of the second frame. However, the Crimson defense denied Dartmouth's 16 attempts, blocking six and only allowing five through to Maschmeyer, who turned away the handful to keep the Big Green off the scoreboard.

On the Crimson's third power-play of the afternoon Harvard's offense peppered Holdcroft with shots and connected on its fourth attempt in the two-minute span. Dempsey dished the puck inside to Sarah Edney who was right in front of Holdcroft on her glove side. Endey snipped shot, but Holdcroft made the save. Fry rebounded the puck off Holdcroft's pad and found the back of the net for the second time off the day.

With just over nine minutes to play in the third period Hilary Crowe slide the puck along the boards right outside the right circle to Spurling. Spurling found the back of the net on a backhanded shot from the middle of the dot to give the Crimson a comfortable three-goal lead.

Parker and Samantha Reber set up a give-and-go seven minutes later. On the red line Parker found Reber cutting down to the right circle. Reber immediately passed back to Parker right in front of Dartmouth's net to put Harvard's fourth goal of the game in.

The opponent and location for Harvard's next game has yet to be determined as the Crimson await the results of the other ECAC Quarterfinals contests.

Game Notes
Lyndsey Fry's first goal of the game is the second fastest goal to start a game for Harvard this season with the quickest scored by Jillian Dempsey just eight seconds into the UConn contest at home on Jan. 15 … Kaitlin Spurling has scored at least one goal in six of the last seven games … The back-to-back clean sheets is the first time the Crimson has shutout an opponent in consecutive games in the playoffs since Harvard blanked Cornell on Feb. 27-28, 2009 … Harvard  is 6-5 against Dartmouth in playoff games … The Crimson has swept seven consecutive ECAC quarterfinal series … Harvard has shutout Dartmouth in the teams' last three meetings.