PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 3/5 Harvard women's ice hockey team earned two more conference points on Friday in gritty fashion as the Crimson (17-2-2, 13-2-1 ECAC) edged out Ivy League and ECAC foe Princeton (10-9-3, 6-7-1 ECAC), 3-2, in Hobey Baker Rink. The win is Harvard's fifth in a row during a tough portion of the conference slate.
After a scoreless first frame, three different Crimson found the back of the net for Harvard as the game wore on, starting with Sydney Daniels, followed by Samantha Reber and capped off by Mary Parker's game winner in the third period. Defenseman Sarah Edney handed out a pair of helpers offensively to give the Crimson its edge. In net, Emerance Maschmeyer stood tall for Harvard, padding away 22 Princeton shots on the night to earn her 13th win of the year.
In a game that continued to swing back and forth, it was the Tigers who struck first as Jaimie McDonell scored in a scrum off a rebound just 38 seconds into the second period. But the home squad's lead didn't last for long as freshman Sydney Daniels got back into the groove nicely, sniping the puck past Kimberly Newell to even the ledger at 1-1 just 15 seconds later.
Less than three minutes later, the Crimson tallied another score to grab its first lead. Taking the puck into the offensive zone, Sarah Edney glided past defenders and wrapped around Newell's net, looking for an outlet. As Samantha Reber inched closer towards Newell, Edney found her classmate with a terrific pass, which Reber took shoulder high, right through Newell's pads for the score.
Up 2-1 after two periods, Harvard continued to face Princeton's relentless, which finally paid off for the Tigers early in the final stanza. With the skater-advantage, Brianna Leahy fought her way through traffic and was able to bury the game-tying goal, putting the Crimson back on its heels with 17 minutes to go.
After a fair amount of back-and-forth between the two sides, Harvard found its stride on a power play of its own. Once again it was Edney who started the attack, ripping a laser shot from the blue line, right into Newell's chest. In perfect position to grab the loose puck, Mary Parker banged home the eventual game-winner at the 13:25 mark in the third.
From there the Crimson defense stepped up, even when the Tigers opted for an empty net with two minutes left. With the 6-on-5 advantage, Princeton kept attacking, but Harvard continued to play keep-away and halted every attempt at a PU comeback.
After holding on for the win, Harvard continues to own the top spot in the ECAC standings. The Crimson hit the ice on Saturday to take on No. 9/9 Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn.