CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite staunch Brown defense in a scoreless second period, the Brown women's hockey team suffered a 3-0 defeat to No. 4 Harvard in ECAC Hockey and Ivy League action at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center on Friday evening. The Crimson (12-1-2, 8-1-1 ECAC) snapped the Bears' (1-12-3, 0-8-1 ECAC) streak of 16 games with a goal, dating back to last year's season-ending 4-0 loss at Quinnipiac on Feb. 23, 2013.
Gina McDonald tallied a goal and an assist for Harvard, helping on the second goal of the first period before firing in her third goal of the year in the final frame.
Brown senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) eclipsed the 30-save mark for the eighth time this season, while her counterpart Emerance Maschmeyer stopped 17 shots en route to her fifth shutout of the year to rank second in the nation in blankings.
Senior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario), junior Kaitlyn Keon (Toronto, Ontario) and freshman Erin Conway (Jackson, Mich.) each had three shots on goal for the Bears to contribute to the team's 17 attempts against Maschmeyer.
Junior Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) stole the puck and went blue to blue to draw a checking penalty, putting Brown on the power play 3:05 into the first period. The Crimson was unfazed, however, and killed off the penalty to improve upon its best special teams percentage in the country.
Harvard found itself a player up at 9:28 after an interference call and Miye D'Oench cashed in, smacking in the game's first goal after a lightning quick feed from Samantha Reber from behind the net. Dylan Crugnale would double the Crimson lead by swooping in for a rebound goal after Gina McDonald's initial shot was saved at 15:03.
Harvard looked to add a third goal in the final seconds of the period, but sophomore Kelly Micholson (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) dove headlong in front of the net to absorb a D'Oench slapshot from the point and preserve the 2-0 score headed into the first intermission.
Robson drew another penalty early in the second period, but Brown could not crack the persistent Crimson penalty kill despite Harvard sending three players to the box in the stanza.
Hoyle and classmate Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) both rocketed shots at the net from the left circle to highlight a slew of good looks for Brown in the final five minutes of the second, but the period elapsed with no score to leave Harvard in front, 2-0.
Two more power plays found Brown on the advantage, including 1:25 of 5-on-3 hockey in the third, but the Bears could not score to counteract McDonald's insurance goal at 15:18.
Brown returns to ECAC and Ivy League play tomorrow when the Bears travel to Dartmouth. Puck drop is scheduled for 4 p.m.