Harvard looks to rebound after the loss next weekend versus Colgate and Cornell at home. (Harvard Athletic Communications)
HANOVER, N.H. – The No. 5/5 Harvard women's hockey team dropped a 4-2 decision at Dartmouth on Saturday in Thompson Arena, thanks to four third period scores from the Big Green. The Crimson drops to 12-3-2, 9-2-1 ECAC, while Dartmouth moves to 10-7-5, 6-5-1 ECAC.
Both Hillary Crowe and Kalley Armstrong found the back of the net for Harvard in the thrilling contest, while Emerance Maschmeyer had a season-best 32 saves in the effort. Both teams combined for five goals in the third after Harvard entered the final stanza with a 1-0 lead.
Crowe tallied her eighth goal of the season late in the first to give Harvard a hard-earned 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Quickly after earning a power play, the Crimson scoring unit got to work. At the blue line, Abbey Frazer made a quick pass to Samantha Reber, who handed out a beautiful cross-ice assist to where Crowe's stick was, right at the back door. Crowe slammed it home, giving the Crimson its ninth power play goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.
Maschmeyer played a large part in protecting Harvard's 1-0 lead in the first two periods. The junior turned aside 15 shots alone in the first, a season high, and then 10 more in the second for a two-period total of 25 saves. Maschmeyer stopped a pair of breakaways over the two frames, including a shorthanded 1-on-1 attempt in the second.
Skating into the third with a 1-0 lead, Harvard looked to boost its lead, but it was Dartmouth which found the back of the net first. Morgan Illikainen was able to slip one over the goal line to make it 1-1. But Harvard retaliated right back. Standing on the left side of the cage, Armstrong collected a well-issued pass from Sydney Daniels and fired it home with authority for her first goal of the year, giving Harvard a 2-1 lead.
But the advantage didn't last long. Lindsay Allen found the back of the net just over a minute later to even the ledger at 2-2. But a power play goal by the Big Green's Brooke Ahbe made it 3-2 just like that. After a few chances from Harvard in the offensive third, Dartmouth eventually extended its lead to 4-2 with 41 seconds left on an empty netter from the Crimson blue line to put things away.
With the loss, Harvard looks to rebound at home next week when Colgate and Cornell come to town for an ECAC weekend. The Crimson's date with the Big Red, Saturday at 4 p.m., is Harvard's annual White the Bright game.