Harvey registered three points, a career high on Tuesday. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With a trip to the Beanpot Championship game on home ice on the line, the No. 4/4 Harvard women's hockey team surged past No. 6/6 Boston University, 9-2, on Tuesday at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Crimson (16-4-2, 12-3-1 ECAC) defeated the Terriers (17-7-2, 12-4-0 WHEA) to earn a shot at its 14th Beanpot title next week when it takes on No. 1 Boston College.
Five different Crimson tallied at least two points in the rout on Tuesday, led by Jessica Harvey's career night, in which the junior scored twice and added an assist. Senior Hillary Crowe added two goals of her own – both in a five-goal second period for Harvard – while Sydney Daniels and Lyndsey Fry each added a goal and an assist. Fry became the 26th Crimson to reach the 100-point plateau in the game, and now has 101 points to her name during her time in Cambridge. Also on the ledger was freshman Dani Krzyszczyk, who scored her first career goal in the second period.
Between the pipes, Emerance Maschmeyer registered eight saves, allowing just one goal to the normally potent Terrier offense. Sophomore Brianna Laing finished up in net, turning aside four of the five shots she faced in the final 20 minutes of the game. The Crimson defense was stout throughout, allowing a season-low 14 shots to a BU team which came in averaging north of 30 per outing.
Daniels and Fry worked double-duty in the first period, each scoring and assisting on each other's goals. Daniels dented the scoreboard just 34 seconds into the game after Fry fed the puck to Kalley Armstrong, who found Daniels waiting at the faceoff dot for the one-timer. Fry next had an incredible effort on a breakaway opportunity to make it 2-0. After Daniels fed her a quick pass, Fry flew up the ice and split the defenders with ease, making one move before netting her 47th career goal.
With a 2-0 lead into the second, the Crimson was on the hunt for more. At the 6:35 mark, Abbey Frazer sent in a big shot from the blue line before Mary Parker got the bottom of her stick on the puck to redirect it home. Under a minute later, Crowe knocked in the first of her two scores, off a nice play from Samantha Reber and Miye D'Oench up the boards to get Crowe in position. Just over two minutes later, Crowe struck again, and again D'Oench was there to give her the puck, making it 5-0 in the blink of an eye for the home team.
BU finally got on the board in the next three minutes with a quick strike from Sarah Lefort, thanks to a nice pass from Marie-Philip Poulin, but just 19 seconds later, Krzyszczyk tallied her goal on a second-effort in the slot. After collecting her own rebound, Krzyszczyk extended the Harvard lead to 6-1, halting any BU momentum. Harvey then got in on the action with the first of her two goals with a beautiful unassisted tally at the 16:37 mark to give Harvard a 7-1 lead into the third period.
Harvey was the first to find the back of the net in the third period, scoring just 4:53 into the final frame, making it 7-1 after her shot pinged off the crossbar and into the back of the net. Linemates Haley Mullins and Krzyszczyk moved the puck well up the ice combining for their third goal on the night as the Crimson's fourth line.
After BU scrapped in a power play goal, Samantha Reber capped off a tremendous scoring night with an unassisted shot. BU's Sarah Steele tried to pass up the ice, but Reber positioned herself well to intercept the pass; with quick thinking, Reber wristed one past Erin O'Neil for the ninth and final tally.
With the 9-2 victory, the Crimson advance to the finals versus BC. But before next Tuesday, Harvard welcomes in Brown and Yale this weekend for ECAC showdowns.