Women’s Hockey Thumps No. 9/9 Colgate, 4-1, to Force Third Game in ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals

A trio of Crimson scored to push the series to a sudden death contest (Billie Weiss).

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Convincingly winning the second game of the ECAC quarterfinals, Harvard women's hockey controlled the puck throughout the contest en route to a 4-1 victory over No. 9/9 Colgate on Saturday night at Starr Arena. The triumph successfully forced a payoff game in the series.

Junior Sydney Daniels potted a pair of goals to lead the Crimson (17-11-3) attack, recording her sixth two-goal outing in the past 11 games. Sophomore Karly Heffernan and freshman Bradley Fusco also found the back of the net, while senior Miye D'Oench and sophomore Lexie Laing dished two assists apiece. Senior Emerance Maschmeyer collected 19 saves in goal for the win.

After outshooting Colgate (21-8-7), 10-5, in the first period, Daniels ripped the back of the net with a power play goal at 4:15 in the second to give Harvard the lead, 1-0. Senior Michelle Picard and D'Oench knocked the puck around the slot, eventually deflecting to Daniels for a sharp wrister. The goal came 11 seconds after a score from freshman Grace Zarzecki was disallowed, and was the 20th of the year for Daniels. D'Oench and Picard picked up their 22nd and 10th helpers of the season on the play.

Heffernan pushed Harvard's advantage to 2-0 at 13:27 in the second, finding the bottom corner after a series of pinpoint passes from D'Oench and Daniels. The game-winning goal was Heffernan's eighth of the year, while Daniels and D'Oench picked up their 10th and 23rd assists of the year, respectively.

The Crimson allowed just one shot on goal in the second period, its lowest single-frame total of the season.

Fusco netted her first-career goal at 10:06 in the third period, potting a power play score to extend Harvard's lead to 3-1. Tse led the break with a pass to Laing, who centered through the slot where the freshman was able to stick home the puck. Laing and Tse picked up their 11th and eighth assists on the season.

Daniels put an exclamation point on the victory, scoring her second tally of the game and 21st of the year with an empty netter at 18:45, pushing the score to 4-1. Laing tallied her second helper of the period and 12th of the year.

Harvard and Colgate will square off for the final time in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. It will be broadcast on Campus Insiders and the Patriot League Network.