HANOVER, N.H. – Junior Hillary Crowe and sophomore Miye D'Oench each tallied a pair of goals as the No. 4/5 Harvard women's hockey team powered its way past Dartmouth on Friday night at Thompson Arena, 4-1. With the win, the Crimson (18-3-3, 14-2-2 ECAC) retains first place in the conference standings with four league games left this season.
Having yielded the game's first score in the last three contests, Harvard got off on the right foot Friday, thanks to a nice go-ahead goal by Crowe in the first three minutes of action. After Marissa Gedman guided the puck around the net, the junior captain found D'Oench in the right circle, who slid it across to Crowe waiting with an open shot. The forward then gently flipped the puck just over and out of reach of Lindsay Holdcroft's glove to put the Crimson up 1-0 early.
Though the Crimson grabbed the first lead of the game, the Big Green fired away at Emerance Maschmeyer early on, testing both the sophomore netminder and the short-handed defense. In total, Dartmouth rattled off 15 shots in the first frame alone, but not one found the back of the net thanks to Maschmeyer's quick glove and pads. Maschmeyer would finish the contest with 27 saves on the evening to earn her 14th win of the year.
Into the second, Harvard's defense settled in and kept the Big Green at bay. Controlling much of the possession time, the Crimson's pursuit finally paid off. As DC was trying to clear the play from its own zone, D'Oench kicked aside an errant pass, chasing it into the corner. After pushing out, the sophomore cut across the open ice and crashed the net, sending a backhander past Holdcroft in the lower left side of the cage for the score.
Dartmouth made it a game, however, as the third period got underway. After receiving a pass from Lauren Kelly, Kennedy Ottenbreit sent a shot on target, which bounded off Maschmeyer into the top portion of the net to cut the Crimson lead to 2-1.
For much of the remainder of the game, the two sides played a physical game, with nether side letting the other capitalize on chances. The Crimson before the final two minutes, Harvard reeled off eight shots Holdcroft's way in an attempt to extend its lead. Finally, however, when Holdcroft was pulled in favor of the sixth skater advantage with fewer than 30 seconds left, D'Oench made good on her second empty netter of the year after Sarah Edney found her near center ice, making it 3-1. Wasting no time, Crowe got back into the scoring column just 12 seconds later, one-timing a quick pass from Mary Parker to give Harvard its final 4-1 victory and two ECAC points on the road.
After the win, the Crimson will rest for three nights before hitting the ice once more for the consolation round of the Beanpot tournament. Harvard and Boston University will face off at 5 p.m. on Feb. 11 in Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College.