Harvard moves to 1-0 in the race for an Ivy title. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Back at home for the first time in over a month, the No. 10/10 Harvard women's hockey team took advantage of being in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, taking care of ECAC and Ivy League foe Dartmouth, 4-1, on Tuesday. The Crimson (4-2-2, 3-1-1 ECAC) outshot the Big Green (4-4-0, 2-3-0 ECAC) 42-28 on the evening and had four different scorers.
Miye D'Oench etched her eighth goal of the season, adding an assist to pace all scorers with two points. Line mate Hillary Crowe took care of the game-winning duties, pounding home her third goal in as many outings in the second period, while Haley Mullins and Sarah Edney each recorded their second goals of the year in the game's final frame. In net, junior Emerance Maschmeyer picked up her first victory of 2014-15, moving to 1-2-2 on the year with a solid performance, steering aside 27-of-28 Dartmouth shots.
Harvard was perfect on special teams on Tuesday, scoring on its lone power play opportunity, while killing off three Dartmouth advantages.
Itching to light the lamp first for the first time in three games, Harvard found its initial stride from D'Oench up a skater. After a nice feathering pass from Mary Parker – the first of her first two assists – Michelle Picard, who was a game-best +2 on the evening, fired one in towards Chemago. Standing at the goal line, D'Oench was able to squeeze the puck past Chemago's pads to vault the Crimson up 1-0.
The Big Green came right back, however, and earned a tough goal on Maschmeyer. After Catherine Berghuis put one on the Harvard stopper's pads, Brooke Ahbe took a loose puck to the left of the cage and one-timed it high to even the ledger at 1-1.
But that was all Dartmouth had. In the second period, the Crimson held much of the possession, spending more than two-thirds of the frame in the Dartmouth zone. It paid off eventually as Crowe punched home the eventual winner. After Picard fired one in from the slot, D'Oench nearly had a goal, but sent it wide. Reber collected the puck from behind the cage and saucered it to Crowe standing at the back door. Crowe kept poking away until the puck snuck under Chemago's pads for the score.
From there, the Crimson added two insurance goals in the third. Parker, who finished 12-6 in the circle on the evening, won a faceoff with just over 15 minutes left. From there, the junior fired away and found the waiting stick of Haley Mullins who directed it home to put the Crimson up 3-1.
Sarah Edney made it 4-1 in lightning fashion at the 16:56 mark in the contest. Lexie Laing and Sydney Daniels battled for a Harvard possession in the corner of the Dartmouth zone, and Daniels came away with it. After a nice feed just outside the circle along the boards, Edney did the rest and sent the puck to Chemago's glove side, beating everyone from distance.
With the win, Harvard moves to 4-2-2 (3-1-1 ECAC) and 1-0 in Ivy League play. The Crimson will face another Ancient Eight test on Friday with Princeton, before turning around to play No. 4 Quinnipiac on Saturday.