BOSTON - No. 6/5 Harvard (7-1-0) scored a goal in each period and held the No. 9/9 Northeastern women's ice hockey team (8-4-2) to a season low 16 shots, knocking off the Huskies 3-1. Katie MacSorley scored the lone goal for NU, while Chloe Desjardins made 32 saves in goal.
Harvard held a 35-16 edge in shots for the game, while NU netted a power play goal for the fourth straight game, going 1-of-3. The Crimson went 0-of-3 on the man advantage.
The teams played an up-tempo first period with Harvard holding a 9-5 edge in shots and burying the lone tally of the frame midway through the opening stanza. Kendall Coyne had three of NU's five shots in the period, including one on the power play.
The Crimson went up 1-0 9:06 into the frame when Miye D'Oench scored her second goal of the season off a turnover in the Northeastern defensive zone. D'Oench picked off a clearing attempt from a Husky forward, took a few strides towards goal and fired a shot over the glove of Desjardins for the score.
A goal from Kalley Armstrong would give Harvard a 2-0 lead early in the second period, but the Huskies began to chip away at the deficit on a power play goal with 7:15 left in the frame to cut the Crimson lead to 2-1 through 40 minutes of play. Harvard made it a two-goal game 5:26 into the second when Armstrong hammered home a rebound on the doorstep following an initial shot from Jilliam Dempsey.
When Kelsey Romatoski was whistled for a holding minor with 8:41 left in the stanza, Northeastern broke through with a goal from MacSorley. After receiving a pass from Maggie Brennolt, Brittany Esposito fired a shot on goal that was saved by Maschmeyer, but MacSorley was there to knock the rebound off the left post and into the goal for her fourth goal of the season.
The Crimson would regain its two-goal edge less than three minutes into the third period when Lindsay Fry skated around the NU goal before throwing the puck out in front to Dempsey, who redirected it under Desjardins for the score. NU nearly made it a 3-2 contest with 12 minutes left in regulation as Coyne fired a shot off the pads of Maschmeyer and onto the stick of Casey Pickett, but the rebound bid went right of the cage.
NU had another chance late in the third as Coyne sent a pass over to Llanes cutting to the net, but Maschmeyer was there to make the save, as well as the rebound bid from Coyne with less than a minute left in regulation.
The Huskies will be back in action this weekend as NU and New Hampshire faceoff in a home-and-home set, beginning Saturday afternoon at the Whittemore Center.
Game Notes: Northeastern is now 31-18-3 all-time against Harvard ... MacSorley's second period goal was just the second power play goal that Harvard has allowed all season ... MacSorley has at least one point in seven of her last eight games (two goals, seven assists) ... Esposito recorded a point in her first game after missing the previous three ... NU has notched a power play tally in each of its last four games, and nine of its last 10.