Three-Goal First Period Propels Women's Hockey to 3-2 Win over St. Lawrence

Three different Crimson scored on Friday night, including Reber. (Gil Talbot)

CANTON, N.Y. – A three-goal first period gave the No. 8/8 Harvard women's hockey team all it needed as the Crimson (4-1-0, 4-1-0 ECAC) outlasted St. Lawrence, 3-2, on Friday night in Appleton Arena. Three different Crimson scored in the winning effort over the Saints (4-7-0, 3-2-0 ECAC), while Harvard goalie Emerance Maschmeyer denied 26 shots on the evening.

Samantha Reber got the first-period score-fest going just 4:26 into the contest with a wrister from the right side of the net. Dylanne Crugnale maneuvered her way through the defenders and found Reber from between the circles with a smooth pass to set up the score.

Exactly six minutes later, Sarah Edney found the back of the net to give Harvard a 2-0 advantage. This time Jessica Harvey, who is close to home in the North Country, sped up the ice with Edney on a two-on-one and sent over a pass in front of the net, allowing the junior defender to one-time it past MacDonald for her third goal of the year.

With just under three minutes remaining, freshman Sydney Daniels gave the Crimson a comfortable 3-0 lead. Daniels, along with linemates Reber and Miye D'Oench, fought in a scrum in front of the crease, burying the puck under MacDonald's pads.

A physical battle continued into the second frame, with both teams stepping up the tempo. St. Lawrence avoided the shutout with a goal from Rylee Smith, just 5:37 into the frame. Coming loose off of a few SLU sticks, the puck eventually found its way through Maschmeyer's pads to cut the lead to 3-1. For her part, however, Harvard's sophomore netminder collected nine saves in the quick period.

The period waned on with no further scoring, but the physicality showed as the two squads combined for four penalties in the second. The same pace continued into the third stanza, but the Saints made a quick game of it, scoring six minutes in. Kirsten Padalis cut the Crimson lead to 3-2 with a top-shelf shot that went just over Maschmeyer's shoulder.

The Crimson defense, which killed six total SLU power plays on the evening, stepped up to keep the Saints off the board the rest of the way. Harvard continued to struggle on the power play itself, going 0-for-4 in the final frame, but the big opening period allowed the Crimson to escape with the 3-2 conference victory.