New Hampshire Falls To Harvard, 4-1

Senior forward Hannah Armstrong scored a goal for the Wildcats
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 17:23  HAR1-0 EV Sarah Edney (3) -
2nd 14:43  HAR2-0 EV GW Mary Parker (6) -
2nd 18:40  HAR3-0 EV Josephine Pucci (1)Kalley Armstrong/4, Briana Mastel/2
3rd 16:14  UNH1-3 EV Hannah Armstrong (2)Cassandra Vilgrain/3, Amy Boucher/2
3rd 17:45  HAR4-1 EV Hillary Crowe (7)Samantha Reber/13, Haley Mullins/3
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Harvard  1214
New Hampshire  0011
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Harvard  913527
New Hampshire  83920
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Harvard (12-2-2)  0/1 4/8 0
New Hampshire (4-16-1)  0/4 1/2 0
Harvard Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Emerance Maschmeyer (W, 6-2-2)60:001 83819
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Vilma Vaattovaara (L, 3-13-1)60:004 811423

DURHAM, N.H. - Hannah Armstrong (Keswick, Ontario) scored a goal and Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) made 23 saves, but the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team was upended 4-1 Wednesday night by fifth-ranked Harvard University at the Whittemore Center.

UNH moved to 4-16-1 overall with nine losses to nationally-ranked teams. Harvard extended its winning streak to 10 games to improve to 12-2-2.

Armstrong's second goal of the season was set up by Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) and Amy Boucher (Edmonton, Alberta). Vaattovaara made 11 of her saves in the second period.

Sarah Edney, Mary Parker, Josephine Pucci and Hillary Crowe netted Harvard's goals and four other Crimson tallied one assist. Emerance Maschmeyer was credited with eight saves in both the first and third periods as part of a 19-save effort.

There were no stoppages of play the opening 10:15 of the game - the visitors held a 4-2 shot advantage at that point.

The Crimson took a 1-0 lead at 17:23 of the first period when Edney gained possession in the neutral zone and skated into the right circle before wristing a shot into Vaattovaara. Edney corralled the rebound and continued toward the goal line before firing a pass back toward the top of the crease. The puck went under Vaattovaara and redirected off the back of her leg pad into the goal.

At the first intermission, Harvard's edge both in the scoring column (1-0) and shots (9-8) was one.

UNH went on the game's first power play at 4:55 of the second stanza and generated an excellent scoring opportunity one minute later. Jess Ryan (Cloquet, Minn.) advanced the puck out of the defensive zone to Nicoline Jensen (Rodovre, Denmark) on the right wing. Jensen carried the puck into the corner and curled behind the net before finding Jonna Curtis (Elk River, Minn.) at the top of the crease. Curtis' low shot was stopped by Maschmeyer, who then slid to the left post to also deny Curtis off the rebound.

Harvard quickly extended the advantage to 3-0 with goals at 14:43 and 18:40. Parker netted an unassisted 4-on-4 goal when UNH's wraparound from the right point carried around the boards to the left point, where Parker took possession. She skated along the boards and advanced unimpeded to the right faceoff dot, where she fired a shot into the upper-right corner. Pucci gave the Crimson a three-goal lead when her shot from the high slot sailed through traffic into the upper-right corner. Kalley Armstrong, with the pass from the left wing, and Briana Mastel set up the tally.

In the fifth minute of the final frame, Crowe's wrister from the slot ricocheted off the right post. One minute later, UNH's Amy Boucher (Edmonton, Alberta) led a rush down the right wing and her slap shot from the faceoff dot was snared by Maschmeyer.

In the eighth minute, Harvard's Lexie Laing intercepted an outlet pass in the high slot to set up a 2-on-1 advantage. She sliced toward the right post and was denied from close range by Vaattovaara.

Three minutes later, Armstrong ripped a shot from the left faceoff dot that Maschmeyer blocked aside.

The Wildcats pulled within 3-1 at 16:14. Vilgrain picked up the loose puck behind the net and slipped a pass to Armstrong, who walked out from the left corner and snapped a shot high behind Maschmeyer into the upper-right corner. Boucher, who set up Armstrong's initial shot and subsequent shovel wide off the rebound that led to Vilgrain gaining possession, also earned an assist.

Harvard reestablished a three-goal lead of 4-1 91 seconds later when Samantha Reber led a rush down the left wing and centered the puck for Crowe, who was charging down the slot and flipped a shot into the open right side of the net at 17:45. Armstrong earned the secondary assist.

UNH, which tallied a 9-5 shot advantage in the third period, went 0-for-4 on the power play with a total of four shots. Harvard was held with nary a shot on its one power-play opportunity.

New Hampshire returns to action this weekend (Jan. 17-18) with a two-game series at the University of Connecticut; both games begin at 3 p.m. The Wildcats then begin a six-game homestand Jan. 23 (7 p.m.) against Penn State University.