Pictured: Jillian Dempsey, the reigning ECAC Hockey Rookie
of the Week, and the Crimson fired 28 shots in net Wednesday
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Katharine Chute tallied a goal in the first period, and the Crimson shut down the nation’s top-ranked power-play unit, as the Harvard women’s hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie against No. 4 New Hampshire Wednesday evening at Bright Hockey Center. Christina Kessler 24 saves in net for the Crimson, helping the Harvard penalty kill go 3-for-3 in the contest.
Early on in the first, Chute stole the puck in the New Hampshire zone near the left circle, creating an automatic scoring opportunity. Leaning to her right, Chute wristed a shot that flew over Lindsey Minton’s left shoulder and over her glove, hitting the back of the net at 5:21. The goal was Chute’s third of the season and gave Harvard a 1-0 lead. Through 20 minutes, Harvard held a 10-6 lead in shots entering the second period.
The Crimson carried over a power play in the second period, as the Wildcats were called for interference at 18:48 of the first. Harvard (3-3-1) set up shop in the UNH zone to start the second frame, but the Wildcats cleared leading to a scoring change. Micaela Long backhanded a shot at the Crimson net, which was blocked, but grabbed the loose puck and poked another shot, this once sneaking through Kessler’s pads and rolling behind the goal line. Long’s shorthanded goal tied the game, 1-1, only 41 seconds into the second period.
With 1:35 to play in regulation, the Crimson was whistled for hooking, giving UNH (8-1-4) its third power-play opportunity. The Crimson held steady, blocking seven shots by Wildcat players before the horn sounded. Kessler made seven saves during the third, while Minton turned aside 10 shots in the frame. In overtime, the Crimson earned a power play at 3:31, as Kate Buesser was pulled down on a scoring opportunity in front of the UNH goal. Harvard, though, was not able to get any shots on net with the extra skater before time expired.
Harvard held the final count in shots, 28-25 and finished the game 0-for-5 on the power play.
Up next on the schedule, the Crimson will visit ECAC Hockey and Ivy League rivals Yale and Brown Nov. 20-21.