CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, collected her 400th-career victory as the No. 6/7 Harvard women's hockey team shutout Dartmouth, 3-0, in an ECAC quarterfinal matchup Friday afternoon at Bright Hockey Center. The win gives Harvard (22-5-3, 17-3-2 ECAC) a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series against Dartmouth (16-9-5,11-7-4 ECAC).
Harvard recorded its 15th straight playoff-opening victory with Miye D'Oench, Kalley Armstrong and Kaitlin Spuring each netted a goal for the Crimson. Emerance Maschmeyer, who was recently named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year, posted 21 saves in the freshman's fourth shutout. It was the first playoff shutout for Harvard since the Crimson blanked Cornell, 4-0, 11 playoff games ago, on February 28, 2009. Harvard also killed off all three of Dartmouth's power-play chances to up its season total to 96 of 103 penalties killed, the best in the nation.
After a scoreless and penalty absent first period, Harvard surged out of the locker room to control the puck in the second frame taking 17 shots on target. Off a Dartmouth turnover Gina McDonald passed ahead to D'Oench who pulled Lindsay Holdcroft out of the net. When D'Oench sent a shot towards the net Holdcroft dove to stop it and the puck bounced off D'Oench and into the goal to put the Crimson on the scoreboard at the 12:22 mark. The Big Green put two shots on goal past Harvard's defense, but Maschmeyer turned away the attempts to keep the 1-0 lead as the teams headed into the second intermission.
The roles reversed in the third when Dartmouth tripled its second period shots on goal in the first six minutes, but the run was short lived when Harvard struck against on the Crimson's second power-play opportunity of the afternoon. Lyndsey won the faceoff and sent the puck to Michelle Picard. Picard found Armstrong right in front of the net on Holdcroft's stick side. Armstrong, who has missed the past four games due to injury, snuck the puck past Holdcroft to put the Crimson ahead by two with 12 minutes to play in the contest.
Three minutes later, Samantha Reber played the puck from the point to Spurling. Spurling netted the Crimson's second power-play goal of the day on a shot right outside the left circle to put Harvard ahead by three.
The Crimson is back in action tomorrow in game 2 of the series against Dartmouth. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
Emerance Maschmeyer recorded her fourth shutout with 21 saves … Third time this season the Crimson have had two power-play goals … The Crimson are now 18-0-0 after leading after two periods … Harvard is now 5-5 against Dartmouth in playoff games ... The Crimson is 38-41-3 all-time against the Big Green.