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Daniels' Game Winner Lifts No. 4/5 Women's Hockey Past Northeastern, 3-2

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The Crimson end its seven-game homestand with a 5-0-2 record after the 3-2 win on Saturday. (Photo: Jim Pierce)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sydney Daniels' game winner with two minutes remaining kept the Harvard women's hockey unbeaten streak alive as the Crimson edged crosstown rival Northeastern, 3-2, at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center on Saturday. The contest was a make-up for the canceled Frozen Fenway game set for Jan. 2 in Fenway Park.

Harvard (10-1-2, 7-1-1 ECAC) owned the shot advantage for just the third time all season, outshooting the Huskies (7-11-1, 3-5-1 WHEA), 35-32. Emerance Maschmeyer recorded 30 saves for the fifth time this year, bolstering her season total to 324 stops en route to her eighth win of the year.

The Crimson found itself down in the box score for the first time since Nov. 11 – a span of nine games – when the Huskies took a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period. Heather Mottau one-timed a cross-ice pass from Paige Savage to give the Huskies the lead. The score was just the second power play goal allowed by the Crimson in 65 chances this year.

But not 50 seconds later, Harvard returned the favor. Marissa Gedman wristed a shot from the boards off the near circle, but Mary Parker used quick reflexes to get a stick on the puck, deflecting the shot right by Chloe Desjardins to tie the game at 1-1. As the first period turned into the second, the two squads went back-and-forth, but neither side could convert, despite the multitude of chances.

Then, with 5:42 remaining in the second, Gina McDonald turned the tables with a shorthanded goal to vault the Crimson into the lead. After Gedman was booked for a cross-check, Harvard found itself in on the kill once again. Miye D'Oench forced a Northeastern turnover, which played right into McDonald's hands. The senior went on a tear down the ice in breakaway fashion, burying the goal at the last minute to give Harvard a 2-1 advantage.

Northeastern responded in the final period, however. Hayley Scamurra corralled the puck from Brittany Esposito, before backhanding it just under Maschmeyer's pads at 5:18. The Crimson continued to press on offense, though. After Sarah Edney controlled the puck in Harvard's zone, she flipped it to Samantha Reber who raced down the boards into NU territory. The junior then flipped it to Daniels, who backhanded one of her own right by Desjardin's right skate to give the Crimson the 3-2 lead.

Northeastern had a pair of chances to draw even late, but Maschmeyer and the defense held firm and kept things in the Crimson's favor for the victory. Playing its last of seven consecutive home games, Harvard finishes the stand, 5-0-2.