Maschmeyer picked up her 42nd career win on Saturday. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 4/4 Harvard women's hockey team punched its ticket to the ECAC Semifinals next week thanks to a thorough 3-0 victory over rival Yale on Saturday in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Crimson (23-5-3, 16-4-2 ECAC) outmuscled the Bulldogs (15-15-1, 12-10-0 ECAC) in the Quarterfinals series to earn a date with No. 3-seed Quinnipiac.
Junior goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer shone bright versus the Bulldogs in the second game of the series, earning her 12th career shutout with a 24-save effort between the pipes. She and the Crimson penalty kill unit stopped all three Yale power plays en route to a clean sheet.
Three Crimson found the back of the net in the victory, including sophomore Sydney Daniels – whose goal in 3:28 into the contest would hold up as her seventh game winner of the season – senior co-captain Samantha Reber and fellow classmate Josephine Pucci, all with extra effort.
Daniels got things within the first five minutes with an exceptional play. After sprinting up the ice to beat out an icing call, Daniels soon found Kalley Armstrong waiting in the wings. Working in the corner, Armstrong feathered a pass to Lyndsey Fry behind Jaimie Leonoff's net, before making a nice move to reverse the ice. From there, Fry, with a slick backhanded push, found Daniels who went vertical to push the puck past Leonoff for the score to make it 1-0.
Haley Mullins kickstarted the Crimson's second goal nearly 12 minutes later. Mullins grabbed a puck at the point in the defensive zone and pushed it up the ice to Pucci who was racing with her. Pucci sent a cross-ice pass through the slot to Miye D'Oench, who elected to punch it back to Reber with open space. Reber got all she needed on the puck to bury it past Leonoff to give Harvard the 2-0 lead before the first intermission.
It wasn't long into the second frame until Pucci extended the lead to 3-0. After corralling the puck in Harvard's zone, the senior speedster beat everyone up the ice towards the net. Working her way around the defense with a nice move, Pucci then made a move to beat Leonoff five-hole after a nice deke to befuddle the netminder.
Though Harvard wouldn't net another goal, the efforts of Maschmeyer – 19 of her 24 saves came in the second and third periods – and the Crimson blueliners kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard and away from a Sunday showdown. With the victory, Harvard will face No. 3-seeded Quinnipiac next weekend with a chance at the ECAC Championship Game the following day in Potsdam, New York.