Parker scored a power play goal on Friday as Harvard downed McGill, 3-0. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team scored a goal per period against McGill University on Friday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center as the Crimson blanked the Martlets, 3-0, to open the 2014-15 season in exhibition play.
Michelle Picard, Mary Parker and Hillary Crowe all found the back of the net for Harvard, which reeled off 35 shots on target to McGill's 13. Junior Emerance Maschmeyer turned aside all 13 Martlet shots she faced – including just three in the final 20 minutes – to earn the preseason clean sheet, with credit going to the play of the blueliners to limit McGill's chances.
Dressing 21 skaters and a pair of goalies, a far cry from the 18 total eligible Crimson last season – Harvard played a tactical game, testing the waters after the first couple weeks of practice. The first period was very quick to go by with just six whistles in the first 15 minutes of play in the back-and-forth affair. But Picard broke the silence, lighting the lamp at the 16:53 mark to put the Crimson up 1-0. As Samantha Reber shot up the ice into the offensive zone, the senior fired one away that hit the boards. Quick to the step, Reber collected her own rebound and sent a low pass across the faceoff circle to a wide-open Picard, who wristed it home past McGill's Brittany Smrke for the score.
Just five minutes into the second period – and 20 seconds into a power play – Miye D'Oench nearly dented the scoreboard, but her one-timer was roughly turned aside by Smrke. But once again, Reber was in town to pick up the loose puck, finding Mary Parker who buried it between two defenders.
After a few saves from Maschmeyer, the period came to a close, but Harvard didn't let the intermission halt the momentum. Just 1:50 into the third, Hillary Crowe connected on a fine chance in the slot to make it 3-0. Freshman Lexie Laing found Marissa Gedman up the ice, who then dropped it off to Crowe. The senior, seeing no one defending, fired a shot towards the net, beating Smrke stick-side.
After the tune-up, Harvard returns to action for the official season opener versus Rensselaer on Friday, Oct. 30. The Crimson host Union on Saturday as a part of a doubleheader with the men's team to celebrate the grand remodeling of the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.