D'Oench sent in two goals to lift Harvard to its sixth win in a row. (Elan Kawesch)
HAMILTON, N.Y. – The fourth-ranked Harvard women's hockey teams completed its second ECAC weekend sweep in a row on Saturday, downing Colgate, 5-0, in Starr Rink. With the win over the Raiders (7-24-1, 4-15-1 ECAC), the Crimson (21-4-2, 16-3-1 ECAC) has clinched home ice for the conference quarterfinals in two weeks' time.
Junior Miye D'Oench tallied a pair of scores on the evening for Harvard, her fifth multi-goal game of the year, while senior Marissa Gedman and freshmen Karly Heffernan and Haley Mullins each added a mark to the scoring ledger. In net, Emerance Maschmeyer picked up her sixth win in a row – 12th on the season – saving 14 shots to combine for the shutout with sophomore Molly Tissenbaum (four saves in 20 minutes).
D'Oench opened up the airstrike early with a special play up the ice to beat the Colgate defense. After Samantha Reber flipped a pass from along the boards to D'Oench at center ice, the junior did all the legwork, making moves on a defenseman then Susan Allen in net for the score.
After Harvard earned a penalty, D'Oench was the one to start things going again. She feathered a pass to Michelle Picard, who found Marissa Gedman waiting at the blue line with clear vision. With no one in her way, the senior ripped a shot from deep, watching it rope into the back of the net for the score to put the Crimson up 2-0 in the first.
Six minutes into the second, Heffernan kickstarted a three-goal period for Harvard with a one-timer in front of the crease. Lexie Laing and Lyndsey Fry both kept the puck moving on the right side of the cage, before the puck scooted right to Heffernan's spot near the hashmarks for the freshman to bang home a snap shot to make it 3-0.
In succession, D'Oench and Mullins put things away with goals less than two minutes apart. After Hillary Crowe did work to bring the puck along the end boards, Josephine Pucci eventually found possession of the puck. Pucci ripped a shot just wide, where Reber collected a bounce off the boards and fired on net. After Allen redirected, D'Oench found herself in perfect position to bury the Crimson's fourth goal.
Mary Parker and Haley Mullins worked together to find the back of the net moments later. After Mullins wrapped around the net, Parker made a nice cross-ice pass to her with Picard standing right there as well. Mullins didn't miss a beat, sending in a backhanded slider at the back door to make it 5-0.
With the victory, Harvard extends its first-place lead to three points (33) over Quinnipiac (30) and Clarkson (30) with one weekend remaining. The Crimson will square off with St. Lawrence on Friday before hosting the Golden Knights for a crucial Senior Day showdown on Saturday.