CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — McGill goaltender Brittany Smrke of Oakville, Ont. stopped 32 shots, but the McGill University Martlets still came out on the losing end, dropping a 3–0 decision to the Harvard women’s hockey team in preseason play at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center in Cambridge, Mass. on Friday.
It marked the ninth year in a row that Harvard — nationally ranked at No.3 and 4 in different NCAA polls — had hosted the top-ranked Canadian squad from McGill for its preseason tune-up and the 10th lifetime meeting between these clubs with the Crimson leading the all-time series 9-0-1.
The Crimson handily outshot the Martlets 35-13, posting a goal in each period, while McGill failed to solve Harvard goaltender Eme Maschmeyer, who was called upon to make just 13 saves for the shutout, including just three in the final period.
Harvard, which led 1-0 after one period and 2-0 after two, got goals from Michelle Picard, Mary Parker and Hillary Crowe, respectively, while teammate Samantha Reber led all players in points with a pair of assists.
“It was really a fast-paced game and Harvard is very good; they’re the best team that we’ve played this season,” McGill head coach Peter Smith said. “We made a couple of little mistakes and they capitalized. It was hard to generate offence against them, but playing more fast-paced games like that will definitely help us improve our decision-making, especially in our own zone.”
Picard broke the ice first, connecting at the 16:53 mark to put the Crimson up 1-0. As Reber shot up the ice into the offensive zone, the senior fired a shot that hit the backboards, then collected her own rebound and sent a low pass across the faceoff circle to a wide-open Picard, who wristed it home past Smrke.
Just five minutes into the second period – and 20 seconds into a power play – Miye D’Oench fired a one-timer that was turned aside by Smrke but once again, Reber corraled the loose puck and found Parker who buried it between two defenders.
At the 1:50 mark of the third, Crowe connected on a chance in the slot to make it 3-0. Freshman Lexie Laing found Marissa Gedman up the ice, who then dropped it off to Crowe, who fired a shot and beat Smrke stick-side.
Harvard was 1-for-2 on the power-play, while the Martlets went scoreless in two attempts.
McGill, which owns a 5-5 record overall, including a 2-4 mark against NCAA teams this season, will conclude their Ivy League road swing on Saturday against the Dartmouth Big Green at the Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. returns to action for their official season opener versus Rensselaer on Oct. 30.
GAME NOTES: In August, five members of the Harvard team were named to U.S. and Canada U-22 squad. Miye D’Oench and Michelle Picard earned spots on the United States U-22 Selects, while Abigail Frazer, Karly Heffernan and Emerance Maschmeyer were named to Canada’s national development team. McGill rearguard Brittney Fouracres was the only CIS player named.
McGill 0 at Harvard 3
(Friday, October 17, 2014 – Bright Hockey Centre @ Harvard)
GOALS BY PERIOD:
McGill 0-0-0 — 0
Harvard 1-1-1 — 3
1, Harvard, Michelle Picard 1 (Reber), 16:53.
2, Harvard, Mary Parker 1 (Reber, D’Oench), 4:29 (PP).
Penalties-Moffatt Mcg (tripping), 4:10; Laing Har (hooking), 7:23.
3, Harvard, Hillary Crowe 1 (Gedman, Laing), 1:50.
Penalties-Frazer Har (interference), 3:34; Davies Mcg (cross checking), 18:32.
Shots on Goal-
McGill 5-5-3 — 13.
Harvard 11-13-11 — 35.
Power Play Opportunities-
McGill 0 / 2;
Harvard 1 / 2.
McGill, Brittany Smrke (L, 3-2-0, 35 shots-32 saves; 60:00).
Harvard, Emerance Maschmeyer (W, 1-0-0, 13 shots-13 saves; 60:00).
Start: 7:00 PM
End: 8:48 PM
Referees– not available.
Linesmen– not available.
1. HAR – 12 Samantha Reber
2. HAR – 38 Emerance Maschmeyer
3. MCG– 31 Brittany Smrke