Defense Pushes No. 5/5 Women's Hockey Past UNH, 4-1

DURHAM, N.H. – The No. 5/5 Harvard women's hockey team scored four goals for the fourth straight game, this time as the Crimson (12-2-2, 9-1-1 ECAC) downed New Hampshire (4-16-1, 2-7-0 WHEA), 4-1 in the Whittemore Center on Wednesday. The win was Harvard's 10th victory in a row, the fifth-longest streak in program history.

The Crimson defense shined on the larger, Olympic-sized ice surface, killing off four UNH power plays and holding the Wildcats to just 20 shots – three in the second period. Two defensemen, Sarah Edney and Josephine Pucci, contributed on the offensive end as well, scoring in the first and second periods, respectively. Also etching their names in the scoring ledger were Mary Parker, whose 4-on-4 goal in the second ultimately was the winning tally, and Hillary Crowe, who added her seventh goal of the year to put the game out of reach.

In net, Emerance Maschmeyer earned her sixth win of the year with a 19-save performance. A key reason for the penalty kill success on Wednesday, Maschmeyer stopped all four shots UNH had on the power play, and made a few timely saves down the stretch to keep the hosts at bay.

The first period flew by for both teams as the first 10:16 went by without a single whistle blown. The up-and-down play continued until Edney struck first with a solid solo effort play. After stealing the puck in the defensive zone, the senior flew up the ice with Haley Mullins and put one on target. After collecting her own rebound, Edney fired one in, and after bouncing off Vilma Vaattovaara's pads, the puck trickled into the back of the net for the first score at the 17:23 mark.

A quick second period nearly went by without a score, but after a pair of penalties a few seconds apart, Mary Parker took advantage of the 4-on-4 situation. Doing the bulk of the work on her own, Parker stormed into the offensive half and took a shot from the faceoff circle that left Vaattovaara standing still. Just under four minutes later, Pucci made it a comfortable 3-0 with a hard shot from the blue line. After Kalley Armstrong found Briana Mastel at the point from behind the net, Mastel feathered a pass to Pucci, who wound up and sent in the deep goal, her first of the season.

UNH managed to get one back with a tricky goal in late in the third period, a turnaround shot that just missed Maschmeyer's pads, but Crowe put things out of reach with a score at the 17:45 mark. After Mullins and Samantha Reber came up the ice with Crowe, Reber split the defense and fed a pass to Crowe across the slot. Crowe one-timed a shot home at the back door to make it the final 4-1.

The Crimson continue on this weekend in the Granite State as Harvard travels to Dartmouth for an ECAC and Ivy League showdown at 2 p.m. on Saturday.