The Crimson is now winners of its last six games. (Elan Kawesch)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 6/6 Harvard women's hockey team extended its win streak to six games on Saturday as the Crimson (8-2-2, 7-1-1 ECAC) brushed off Yale (7-7-1, 4-4-0 ECAC), 3-1 in Ingalls Rink. Harvard scored two goals 25 seconds apart to close out the first period, making all the difference.
Lexie Laing picked up the third goal of her freshman debut, while Sydney Daniels continued to prove herself as a torment for opponents, sending in her fourth game-winning goal of the season. Senior defenseman Marissa Gedman found the back of the net in the third period to give Harvard the cushion it needed to escape New Haven with the victory.
In net, junior Emerance Maschmeyer picked up her fourth win of the year – 32nd of her career – with a gutsy 23-save performance. In front of her, the Crimson defense stood tall for nearly the entirety of the game, getting sticks down and clearing shots. The penalty kill was perfect once again, fending off four Yale power plays.
But it was the Bulldogs who lit the lamp first, however, and did so early on in the contest. After receiving a saucer pass from Kate Martini, Krista Yip-Chuck ripped a shot from just inside the blueline at the high slot, bouncing around until finding its way past Maschmeyer just 4:10 into the game.
After the track meet continued, Harvard found itself down 1-0 with just over 30 seconds remaining in the period. But after Mary Parker battled for and won a loose puck in the corner, she fed a pass to Laing in the slot. Laing made her way to the far circle and then snuck one past Jaimie Leonoff to even the ledger. Just 25 seconds later, Daniels made it 2-1 in favor of the Crimson. Lyndsey Fry tried to beat Leonoff, but after a pad save, Daniels scooped up and roofed the loose puck to quickly turn the tide in Harvard's favor with just seven seconds left in the first.
The second period featured no scoring, but the two squads combined for six penalties in the frame, including a brutal 5-on-3 in the Bulldogs' favor, which lasted nearly 1:45. Both teams, however, kept the other out of the back of the net in the tense frame. Miye D'Oench nearly capitalized on a breakaway midway through the frame, but Leonoff was there for the quick glove save.
But just over seven minutes into the third, Gedman buried a one-timer to extend the lead to 3-1. Working in the corner, D'Oench came out with the puck, saucering a pass to an open Samantha Reber in the slot. Giving up the chance at a shot, Reber found Gedman on the other side of Leonoff, putting the Yale goaltender out of position for Gedman to take advantage.
Yale pulled Leonoff for time in the last 2:25, but the Harvard defense, led by Maschmeyer, responded and was equal to the task come away with the 3-1 win. Up next, the Crimson hosts UConn at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.