Maschmeyer recorded 17 saves to earn her fifth shutout of 2013-14. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Playing in its first ECAC game since Dec. 1, the No. 4/5 Harvard women's hockey team got back into the conference groove with a 3-0 win over Ivy League counterpart Brown Friday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Emerance Maschmeyer stonewalled all 17 shots she faced in the Crimson's (12-1-2, 8-1-1 ECAC) victory, her fifth whitewash of the season and 10th of her career.
Brown (1-12-3, 0-8-1 ECAC), which was blanked for the first time all season in the defeat, was outshot by Harvard to the tune of 30-17. The Crimson converted its 10th power play goal of the season, going 1-for-3 with the advantage, while killing off six Bear power plays.
Miye D'Oench lit the lamp first for the Crimson, which had yielded the first goal of the game in the last two contests, at 9:47 with her team-leading eighth score of the season. D'Oench, who corralled a nice feed from Samantha Reber from behind the net, sent it in to give the Crimson an early lead midway through the opening period.
Just about five minutes later, Dylanne Crugnale extended Harvard's lead to 2-0 in the first with a putback of her own. Gina McDonald weaved her way through traffic and fired one on target, but Crugnale was able to scoop the loose puck and careen it home for the game's second tally, her sixth of the year.
The two teams skated in an even second period, each rattling off eight shots apiece, but neither side was able to convert chances into goals. Harvard came out firing in the final period and finally connected on one in the final five minutes. McDonald collected a lonely puck at the top of the circle and flicked one high above Aubree Moore's shoulder to put the Bears away for good.
Harvard returns to action Saturday with its version of Rivalry on Ice as Yale pays visit to Bright-Landry for the 75th edition of the series at 4 p.m.