Sixth-ranked Harvard muscles past No. 9 Northeastern in 3-1 win
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Senior Jillian Dempsey led the way for No. 6 Harvard with a goal and an assist as the Crimson knocked off No. 9 Northeastern 3-1 on Tuesday at Matthews Arena. The win is Harvard's second in a row against a ranked opponent.
The Crimson pushed its record to 8-0-1 in its last nine contests against crosstown rival Northeastern. Harvard has not dropped a contest to the Huskies since 2001.
The Crimson started the scoring midway through the first period with Miye D'Oench's second career goal. D'Oench intercepted a Northeastern (8-4-2) pass inside the Harvard zone and fired in front of the right faceoff dot. D'Oench lifted the puck over Chloe Desjardin's left shoulder and it ricocheted off the top pipe and past the line.
After Hillary Crowe went off for tripping at 13:02, the Crimson limited the Huskies to three shots and only one made its way to goalie Emerance Maschmeyer.
Most of the action was on Harvard's end during the opening 20 minutes, as the Crimson put nine shots on goal to Northeastern's five.
The Crimson sent a flurry of shots at Desjardin to start the second period, including four from the second line while holding the puck in the offensive zone for nearly a minute. Crowe, Samantha Reber, Michelle Picard and Gina McDonald sent in attempts before making their way to the first line. Harvard's starters continued the push and converted at the 5:26 mark. Jillian Dempsey stuffed a shot off Desjardin's leg pad that the NU goalie could not corral and Kalley Armstrong was there to redirect the rebound into the back of the net.
Northeastern's Katie MacSorley cut Harvard's advantage in half with a power-play goal at 12:45. She sneaked in a shot from close range on the left side under Maschmeyer's stickhand pad and under her outstretched right leg for her fourth marker of the season. The goal proved to be the only blemish of the night for Maschmeyer.
Harvard pushed its lead back to two in the third period. Dempsey, who had previously increased her career-high points streak to 22 games with a second-period assist, padded the Crimson's lead with a goal off her skate. Fry circled the puck around the net and passed it the center, where Dempsey inadvertently sent it through the crease.
Dempsey kept her 1.00 goals per game pace to remain tied for fifth in the nation. She also came into the game ranked fifth in points per game at 2.14.
The Crimson put 15 shots on target in the third frame to total 35 for the game. Northeastern directed 19 attempts at Maschmeyer.
Harvard killed 2 of 3 penalties, while going 0-for-3 on power-play opportunities. The Crimson penalty kill dropped to 91.7 percent, good for fifth in the nation.