The Harvard women’s ice hockey team capitalized on power plays and made a strong opening statement this weekend as it emerged victorious on the road against Quinnipiac and Princeton.
The No. 9 Crimson (2-0-0, 2-0-0 ECAC) grabbed early leads against the Bobcats (3-3-1, 0-1-0) and the Tigers (2-2-0, 1-1-0) and never looked back en route to two commanding wins to start its season.
“The team dynamic was awesome, everybody was so pumped to play, and it was just a really great start to our season,” freshman forward Mary Parker said.
HARVARD 9, PRINCETON 1
A dominant offensive showing led the Harvard to a rout over Princeton for a strong close to its weekend.
Halfway through the second period, senior forward Jillian Dempsey slid the puck to junior forward Lyndsey Fry, who knocked it past Tigers goaltender Kimberly Newell to give the Crimson a commanding 4-0 lead.
With the score, Fry achieved her first hat trick of the season, having scored her first goal nine minutes into the first period and another five minutes into the second.
“We were all forechecking hard and backchecking hard and doing the little things right and getting shots on net led us to scoring goals,” Parker said.
Harvard, led by Fry’s three scores, kept the puck on its offensive side for the majority of the game, taking 49 shot attempts to Princeton’s 17.
“It started from our net out,” Crimson coach Katey Stone said. “We played very, very well. We were opportunistic and had two late-period goals, which were moment changers.”
Thirteen minutes into the second period, Tigers senior forward Kelly Cooke took advantage of a clear lane to tally Princeton’s lone goal, bringing the score to 4-1.
The Crimson was able to capitalize on special teams, as Harvard recorded five power plays to Princeton’s two.
The Crimson notched its first during a power play two minutes into the first period. Sophomore defender Sarah Edney slotted the puck to Parker, who found the back of the net to score the first goal of her collegiate career.
Dempsey, who also had three assists on the day, tallied two goals in the third period, while Edney, freshman forward Miye D’Oench and senior forward Spurling added a score each to round out the Crimson’s goals.
Freshman goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer, who made an impressive four saves during a penalty kill, notched her first win with a solid defensive effort, recording 16 saves.