Jillian Dempsey earned her 145th career point Tuesday night against Brown (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 5 Harvard women's hockey team moved one step closer to earning home ice throughout the ECAC playoffs with a 5-2 win over Brown Tuesday night at Bright Hockey Center. Jillian Dempsey, who broke into Harvard's top ten in career points with two assists on the day to total 145 points in her four years, gave the Crimson the opportunity to claim home ice if it gets five points in the final three games.
Both of Dempsey's assists went to Lyndsey Fry, the game's first star. Hillary Crowe, Kaitlin Spurling and Mary Parker also picked up goals for the Crimson, which outshot Brown, 52-15. Freshman Emerance Maschmeyer earned her eighth win of the year in net by making 13 saves.
Harvard controlled the puck in its offensive zone for almost the entirety of the first period and put 22 shots on net compared to Brown's six. The Bears nearly snuck out of the period with a 1-1 tie, but Lyndsey Fry made it a 2-1 game after Hillary Crowe scored Harvard's initial goal. Crowe found the back of the net with help from a blind backhand pass from Dylanne Crugnale at 8:10, before Brown answered 1:16 later, as Jessica Hoyle redirected a Sarah Robson centering pass over Maschmeyer's left shoulder.
Fry put the Crimson ahead for good off of a Brown turnover. Dempsey intercepted a pass near the center line and dished to Fry who traveled half the length of the ice. The Chandler, Ariz. native deked once in front of Brown's Katie Jamieson, then went to her backhand to bury the puck at 15:14.
The second period was filled with penalties on both sides. Harvard killed three penalties in the opening six minutes of the frame, and Brown was whistled for four infractions during the stanza. The Crimson failed to capitalize on the first two skater advantages, before Parker chipped in a goal for the second time in as many games. She won a scramble in front of the crease, as the Bears were skating with two in the box, to earn the tally once Michelle Picard sent it to net.
The Crimson used just seven seconds of the third period to once again pad its lead. Dempsey won the faceoff, and the puck directed straight to Fry, who had nothing but ice between her and Jamieson. Fry's second breakaway chance ended like the first and Harvard was up 4-1.
Spurling's marker at 10:08 culminated the scoring for Harvard. The senior, who had a season high three points in the last outing at Colgate, potted an unassisted goal after intercepting a Brown pass on the outside of her own blue line.
Brown cut the final deficit to three on its last shot of the day at 18:57, as Laurie Jolin picked up her sixth tally of the season.
Harvard remains at Bright for the remainder of the regular season with dates against St. Lawrence (Feb. 22), Clarkson (Feb. 23) and Yale (Feb. 26).
Jillian Dempsey passed Jennifer Brine '09 for 10th on Harvard's all-time scoring chart ... A win against Yale Feb. 26 would give the Crimson a share of the Ivy League title with Cornell ... Harvard has now killed 38 straight penalties at Bright Hockey Center dating back to Nov. 23 against Colgate ... The Crimson has 20 victories for the second straight year and 11th time in program history, all under head coach Katey Stone ... Harvard has defeated Brown 13 straight times and is 22-0-2 since Feb. 23, 2002, the last time the Bears won a game in the series ... Harvard is undefeated when leading after one period (16-0-1), leading after two periods (17-0-0), scoring three or more goals (17-0-0) and in games decided by three or more goals (14-0-0) ... The White the Bright promotion has been rescheduled for March 2, during the first round of the ECAC playoffs ... Hillary Crowe extended her point streak to a career-high five games ... Mary Parker established a new personal best with eight shots on the night.