Fifth-ranked Harvard explodes for three goals to beat No. 3 Boston University
BOSTON -- No. 5 Harvard scored three goals in a three-minute span during the second period to surge past No. 3 Boston University 3-0 in Tuesday's Beanpot consolation game at Matthews Arena. Samantha Reber led the charge, picking up a goal and two assists in the spurt, while Hillary Crowe contributed one goal and one assist.
The Crimson (18-3-2) outshot BU (18-5-3) in the first two periods to accumulate a 37-32 advantage in shots on goal and avenged a Nov. 18 loss to the Terriers. Harvard moved to 15-2 in Beanpot games against BU with the win that saw freshman Emerance Maschmeyer make 32 saves. Maschmeyer's third shutout advanced her record to 8-2-1 this season.
Harvard dominated the action in the first period, as Boston University was sent to the penalty box on four occasions. The Crimson could not get on the board during the first 20 minutes, despite eight minutes of skater-advantage time, but did send 16 shots at BU's Kerrin Sperry. The Terriers managed to get nine shots at Maschmeyer.
Lyndsey Fry, who led the Crimson with eight shots, gave Harvard its initial score, a power-play goal at the 13-minute mark of the second period. The puck circled around the power-play set, with BU captain Marie-Philip Poulin watching from the penalty box, before Fry wristed a shot from the middle. Sperry was screened by a number of bodies in front of the net and the puck soared over her shoulder into the top shelf.
Harvard used just 18 seconds to get its second goal. Hillary Crowe found Reber just outside the crease and she beat BU's netminder. It was a perfect pass from Crowe through a pair of Boston University defender's to Reber, who sent the puck flying past Sperry's stick-hand shoulder.
Reber rewarded Crowe's helper by connecting with her again, this time with Crowe finding the back of the net two minutes later. She pushed a shot towards the left pipe, as a Terrier defender slid across the front and Kaitlin Spurling helped to blind Sperry. The puck slid through, just behind the defender on the ice, and went untouched past Sperry's skate and tucked next to the post.
Maschmeyer highlighted the third period with 14 blocks, including a number of challenging saves during Harvard's penalty kill in the frame. She helped Harvard kill three infractions to improve its nation-leading penalty kill to 93.2 percent this season. The Crimson went 1-for-5 on power-play chances.