Both D'Oench and Heffernan (pictured) tallied three points on the night. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Though it found itself in a precarious 1-0 hole after a period of play, the No. 4/4 Harvard women's hockey team erupted for five goals in the second period versus Union as the Crimson (2-0-0, 2-0-0 ECAC) overpowered the Dutchwomen (1-8-1, 0-2-0 ECAC), 5-2, on Saturday in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
In her second-ever game as a Crimson, freshman Karly Heffernan paced Harvard with three points, coming off a goal and two assists. Miye D'Oench continued her torrid pace, upping her point streak to 10 games in a row with her second-consecutive two-goal performance to start 2014. Two other Crimson lit the lamp in the flurry of a second frame, including and Sydney Daniels and Sarah Edney, each registering their first tallies of the new year. Marissa Gedman, Samantha Reber, Haley Mullins, Mary Parker, Hillary Crowe and Natasha Rachlin all helped out in the winning effort, setting up the five Crimson scores.
Sophomore Molly Tissenbaum got the nod between the pipes for Harvard. Though she was tested little, Tissenbaum made a handful of timely saves. The Harvard blue liners only allowed Union to get nine shots on goal, while she steered away seven of them to earn her first career win.
It was the Dutchwomen who connected first, however, as Erica Kelly put Union up 1-0 just 4:44 into the opening period. After Kathryn Tomaselli's wrist shot was blocked away by Robyn White, she did well to keep with the puck, and sent a shot on target. Tissenbaum was there to make the save, but Kelly found the loose puck and buried it for the first goal of the game from either side.
The two squads combined for just 12 shots on goal in the first frame, but Harvard came out with a relentless attack in the second. Heffernan got things rolling for Harvard in the early going, able to drive the puck out of the corner and back up to Gedman at the point. The Harvard senior then ripped a shot towards the net, and D'Oench was there for the timely redirect, sending the puck through the five hole past Shenae Lundberg to even the ledger.
From there, Heffernan and D'Oench hooked up once again. In the same corner as the first score, Heffernan scooped the puck towards the circle, where D'Oench was sitting patiently all alone. D'Oench sent in a blazing one-timer top shelf, beating Lundberg short, glove side off the post for the score. Up next, Sydney Daniels showed a great display of effort to poke the puck out from a Union skater and turn the corner. Samantha Reber came up with the loose puck at the blue line and raced up the ice with her linemate and Mullins. Reber found Daniels on a dot-to-dot pass, and the latter rifled in a shot from the circle, beating Lundberg low to put the Crimson up 3-1.
Mary Parker started the next charge, with just 2:35 left in the second. After wrapping around the cage, Parker found Sarah Edney up top, all alone at the point. Edney sent in a laser from the central alley, right where Lundberg couldn't make a move stick side at the whistling puck. Up 4-1, the Crimson wasn't done, and for the third time in the contest, it started with Heffernan – and this time it ended with her as well. After firing a backhand shot on target, Heffernan wrapped around the net as Natasha Rachlin came up with the puck at the point. Rachlin sent a pass up ice, where D'Oench made a nice touch pass back to Heffernan in the slot. The freshman displayed incredible stickhandling skills to come glove side on Lundberg, tipping another backhand shot on target, this time past the Union netminder to put things away.
Union managed a power play goal with just 7:34 left to play, as Bryanne Panchuk buried a shot with the man advantage, but the Crimson had already done its damage.
With the win, Harvard moves to 2-0-0 overall and in ECAC play. With four early points to start the season, the Crimson sits in a four-way tie with Dartmouth, Quinnipiac and Princeton for second place behind Clarkson in first on the very young season. Harvard will enjoy next weekend off before hitting the road for the entire month of November, starting with the lengthy bus trip to Clarkson and St. Lawrence on Nov. 14-15.