No. 10/10 Holds Off, Upsets No. 4/4 Quinnipiac, 2-1

Fry scored her first goal of the year in the last game of 2014. (Elan Kawesch)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 10/10 Harvard women's hockey team was forced to kill off a 6-on-4 Quinnipiac power play over the last 1:04 of the game, but Emerance Maschmeyer and the Crimson defense held firm to protect a tense 2-1 victory over the No. 4/4 Bobcats on Saturday in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Harvard improves to 6-2-2 (5-1-1 ECAC) after handing Quinnipiac (13-1-3, 6-1-2 ECAC) its first loss of the season.

Maschmeyer picked up 14 saves in the winning effort, as the two ECAC foes combined for just 37 total shots on frame over the 60 minutes. Both Lyndsey Fry and Haley Mullins found the back of the net to lift Harvard to the 2-1 upset win. The last time the Crimson downed a team in the top-5 was just last season when Harvard defeated No. 3 Cornell in Ithaca.

Quinnipiac drew first blood in the early going, however, to kickstart the track meet of a contest. Emma Woods feathered a crossing pass to Lindsey West at the point. From there, West ripped a shot that fluttered just past Maschmeyer at the 7:51 mark to put QU up 1-0.

Twelve minutes and change later, the Crimson earned its first power play of the day after Taryn Baumgardt was sent off for holding at 19:02. With just 28 seconds remaining, Fry and Miye D'Oench entered the QU zone side-by-side screaming up the ice. Fry dumped to D'Oench, who returned the favor with a quick touch pass near the right corner. Fry then did the rest of the work, wrapping around the cage and setting up on the left hand circle. The senior then sniped the puck to the highest point glove side over Chelsea Laden off her back skate, marking her spot perfectly to even the ledger at 1-1. That was the third consecutive power play goal for Harvard in three tries over three games.

The second period progressed quickly but without much action. The two clubs raced up and down the ice, but sent only a total of six shots on target in the frame. Quinnipiac was held near without an attempt until a couple of quick tries in front of Maschmeyer fell short.

But the third period brought excitement from both teams. After each nearly converted a couple of chances in the offensive zone, Harvard finally pushed itself ahead. With nice passing from the defenders Michell Picard and Marissa Gedman, the latter fed a cross-ice pass to Karly Heffernan waiting at the point. From there, Heffernan scooted in and fired one on target, but Mullins was there in front of Laden to redirect the puck stick side for the eventual game winner.

The Crmison was forced to kill off QU's final power play, which came with 1:04 left on the clock. Laden was pulled in favor of an extra attacker, making it a 6-on-4 opporntunity. But Harvard ultimately prevailed to exit the 2014 calendar year on an upswing, riding a four-game win streak, ending the semester 6-2-2, 5-1-1 in ECAC play.

Up next, Harvard enjoys nearly a month off before the Crimson open 2015 up with a trip to Brown and Yale on Jan. 2 and 3.