|2nd||10:11||HAR||1-0||EV GW||Lexie Laing (2)||Michelle Picard/4, Karly Heffernan/7|
|2nd||15:11||HAR||2-0||EV||Grace Zarzecki (3)||Haley Mullins/6, Miye D'Oench/3|
|3rd||3:17||HAR||3-0||EV||Miye D'Oench (6)||Haley Mullins/7|
|3rd||15:33||HAR||4-0||PP||Jessica Harvey (2)||Briana Mastel/3, Miye D'Oench/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (2-12-0)||0/2||3/6||0|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kyra Smith (L, 1-4-0)||60:00||4||10||10||13||33|
|Emerance Maschmeyer (W, 2-1-0)||60:00||0||12||9||5||26|
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Kyra Smith (Littleton, Colo.) recorded 33 saves but the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team was defeated 4-0 by ninth-ranked Harvard University at Bright-Landry Hockey Center on Wednesday night.
UNH is now 2-12-0 overall with six losses against nationally-ranked teams. Harvard won its fifth consecutive game to improve to 6-1-1.
Smith made double-digit saves all three periods with 10 in the first and second periods and 13 in the third. Harvard counterpart Emerance Maschmeyer made 12 of her 26 saves in the scoreless first period.
Miye D'Oench (one goal, one assist) and Haley Mullins (two assists) led the Crimson's offense. Grace Zarecki and Jessica Harvey netted the other goals.
New Hampshire returns to action this weekend for a two-game home series against Providence College on Nov. 21-22; both games begin at 2 p.m. Tickets for all UNH women's ice hockey home games are available by calling 603-862-4000, ext. 5, visiting the Whittemore Center Box Office or online at www.unhwildcats.com.
UNH generated a flurry of scoring chances in the ninth minute. It started when Jonna Curtis (Elk River, Minn.) corralled a pass in the neutral zone and advanced into the left circle. She saucered a centering pass that Amy Boucher (Edmonton, Alberta) redirected wide of the right post. Moments later, Boucher was positioned at the left doorstep and jammed the pass from Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.) into Maschmeyer.
The Wildcats sustained pressure in the offensive zone and Taylor Wenczkowki (Rochester, N.H) fired a shot from deep in the right circle that hit Maschmeyer and was cleared off the left post by a Harvard skater. Then Jenna Rheault (Deering, N.H.) blasted a slap shot from the right point through traffic, but Maschmeyer turned the puck away to keep the game scoreless.
Harvard generated one of its best scoring chances of the first period in the 13th minute, when Karly Heffernan led a rush down the right wing and skated around a defender before being denied by Smith at the doorstep. Smith then stopped Laing's shot from the slot as well as Audrey Warner's attempt to shovel the puck from the top of the crease.
The Crimson went on the first power play of the game at 15:53, but Briana Mastel's shot from the high slot and Sydney Daniels' bid off the rebound were stopped by Smith.
UNH started a power play at 19:14, and in the closing seconds Curtis' shot from low on the left side ricocheted off Maschmeyer's shoulder into the back netting. The Wildcats opened the second period with 74 seconds remaining on the power play. Just under a minute into the resumption of play, Amy Schlagel (Blaine, Minn.) ripped a one-timer from the right faceoff dot that Maschmeyer blocked aside.
New Hampshire went back on the penalty kill at 4:24, but Boucher blocked two shot attempts and later intercepted a pass at center ice to create a rush down the slot, but her backhander at the right post was denied.
With the teams back a full strength midway through the second period, D'Oench snapped a one-timer from the slot that Smith stopped. Moments later, however, Laing gave the home team a 1-0 lead. She missed the the puck on her first two swipes, but then finally swept it just beyond Smith's outstretched glove into the net at 10:11. Michelle Picard and Heffernan were credited with assists.
The Crimson extended the advantage to 2-0 five minutes later when Zarzecki, positioned on the low left side, one-timed Mullins' pass between Smith's legs.
In the closing minute, UNH's Julia Fedeski (Algonquin Highlands, Ontario) skated onto a loose puck in the high slot and blasted a slap shot through traffic but Maschmeyer made the save.
Harvard took that two-goal lead with a 22-21 shot advantage into the second intermission.
Smith was tested in the opening seconds of the third period when Daniels was alone deep on the right wing, but the UNH netminder answered the challenge.
In the second minute, Boucher's hard wrister from the high slot was blocked away by Maschmeyer. Curtis collected the rebound behind the net and sent a pass off the left half-boards to the point, where Fedeski rifled a slap shot wide of the right post.
D'Oench scored from a scrum in front of the net to give Harvard a 3-0 lead at 3:17.
In the eighth minute, Boucher won the battle for the puck on the right boards and moved the puck to Schlagel in the corner. Schlagel snapped a pass in front to Curtis, whose one-timer was enveloped by Maschmeyer.
Midway through the period, Devan Taylor (North Billerica, Mass.) skated the puck out of the right corner to the low slot and, as she was being hooked down, lifted a shot into Maschmeyer.
New Hampshire immediately went on the power play and called time out at 10:52. Thirty seconds later, Fedeski's hard one-timer from the right faceoff dot sailed high of the cage.
Harvey's tip of Briana Mastel's shot pushed the lead to 4-0 with a power-play goal at 15:33.