No. 5 Women’s Hockey Ties St. Lawrence, 2-2; Crimson Still Controls Own ECAC Destiny

Edney's had a first-period assist (photo Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  The No. 5 Harvard women's hockey team outshot St. Lawrence, 37-17, but the Crimson could not find a third period or overtime goal and ended with a 2-2 tie Friday night at Bright Hockey Center. Hillary Crowe and Kaitlin Spurling scored goals for Harvard, which could still clinch the ECAC championship with two wins in its last two games.

The Crimson put more shots on net in each of four periods of action. Emerance Maschmeyer saved 15 shots for Harvard and the Saints' Carmen MacDonald stopped 35.

The Crimson was first on the board for the 23rd time in 27 games this season with Crowe's marker at 15:47 of the first period. Sarah Edney received the puck above the two faceoff circles after Kelsey Romatoski and Samantha Reber circled it through the offensive set. Edney moved between the circles and fired a wrister to the front, where Crowe deflected it in.

St. Lawrence, which was limited to two shots on goal in the first period, answered on a power-play equalizer four minutes into the second. Kelly Sabatine moved the puck across the blue line and flung a wrist shot at Maschmeyer that banged off the inside of the left post and in.

The Saints' pulled ahead 2-1 with 6:04 left in the second by virtue of a Kayla Raniwsky rebound goal, but Kaitlin Spurling gave the Crimson a huge momentum boost by scoring with 21.4 seconds showing on the clock. Spurling dished up the ice to Reber, who then gave the puck back to a trailing Spurling. The junior, who entered the night with five points in her last two games, put a shot on net with heavy traffic in front and the puck breezed by Sabatine unscathed.

Harvard controlled the puck for a majority of the third stanza, but each Crimson chance was denied by St. Lawrence. There was just one penalty in third period, and none in overtime, as SLU's Jenna Marks was whistled for tripping 1:30 into the third. Harvard could not capitalize and finished scoreless on three power-play chances. SLU went one for three with a skater advantage.

Five shots came in overtime, including three from Harvard, but a golden goal failed to be found.

The Crimson is back at Bright Hockey Center tomorrow for a 4 p.m. tilt against Clarkson. Harvard's senior class, which has gone 79-32-13 in the last four years, will be celebrated in a special postgame ceremony.

Game Notes
Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, is two wins away from 400 for her career … Samantha Reber now has a point in five straight games, setting a new career high point streak … Reber's streak is tied for the third-longest of any Crimson this season. Jillian Dempsey (30) and Lyndsey Fry (8) have been on longer runs … Kaitlin Spurling could tie her best four-game span of her career by getting one point tomorrow. The senior has six points in her last three games … The last three contest between Harvard and St. Lawrence have gone to overtime  … Jillian Dempsey remains tied for ninth on Harvard's career scoring chart with 145 points over the last four years … Samantha Reber moved her career-high point streak to five games, while Crowe made her career-high point streak six games.