Daniels lit the lamp twice in the 6-0 win at Brown on Friday night. (Elan Kawesch)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In its first game since Dec. 6, the No. 6/6 Harvard women's hockey team looked as if it didn't miss a beat as the Crimson (7-2-2, 6-1-1 ECAC) rolled past Brown (4-10, 1-6 ECAC), 6-0 on Friday night in Meehan Auditorium. Harvard scored six times on 31 shots, while holding the Bears scoreless on just 11 shots.
Sydney Daniels (2-0—2) scored twice, her first career multi-goal game, while Hillary Crowe (1-1—2), Mary Parker (1-1—2), Miye D'Oench and Karly Heffernan lit the lamp as well in the winning effort. Between the pipes, Emerance Maschmeyer stopped eight shots in 40 scoreless minutes to pick up her third win of the year, while Molly Tissenbaum made three crucial saves down the stretch to keep the clean sheet intact.
The Crimson dominated on the penalty kill, fending off six Brown power plays and scoring a shorthanded goal, but went 0-for-3 on its own power play advantages.
Daniels put forth a solid effort in the game's early going, firing in the first score just 3:52 into the opening frame. After Lyndsey Fry (0-2—2) sent one in to the zone, Daniels collected the puck with room to spare and just one defender near her. The sophomore sent a shot in but Elvin padded it away; but Daniels was perfectly positioned to backhand the eventual game-winner over an outstretched Elvin to make it 1-0 Crimson.
From there, Heffernan made it 2-0 with under three minutes left in the first. Parker dished the puck to Heffernan who moved to the top of the faceoff circle. After sending one on target, the shot caromed off a Brown defender's skate and into the back of the net, giving the freshman her second career goal.
Just 4:09 into the second stanza, Parker nulled a Harvard penalty with a perfect solo effort up the ice. Screaming into the zone, Parker ripped a shot past Elvin for the Crimson's first shorthanded goal on the year. Up 3-0 in the second, D'Oench bookended the period with a terrific play in front of the net. Linemates Samantha Reber (0-1—1) and Crowe made the extra pass as the triad was rolling into the zone. D'Oench eventually settled in at the far post and tapped in a shot from Reber to make it 4-0.
Just 1:08 into the final period, Daniels connected again to push Harvard's lead to 5-0 with a snipe from the low circle near the slot. Kalley Armstrong registered her first point this season on the play with the timely assist off a quick faceoff, putting Daniels in position. From there, Crowe capped off the dominating performance with an extra-effort play of her own. After receiving the puck from Haley Mullins (0-1—1), Crowe weaved her way around the net and sent one in, guiding the puck glove side in the top right corner of the cage. The goal was her fourth of the year, while Mullins picked up her second assist.
With the win, Harvard turns its attention to Ivy League rival Yale Saturday afternoon (4 p.m.) in Ingalls Rink.