D'Oench and the Crimson grinded out a 3-3 win against No. 3/3 Cornell on Friday to move to 5-1-1 this season. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a clash of two ranked squads, the No. 6/6 Harvard women's hockey team held No. 3/3 Cornell on the ropes for much of the contest, but three Big Red scores in the final period stalemated the Crimson into overtime, which eventually ended in a 3-3 tie.
The Crimson (5-1-1, 5-1-1 ECAC) relied on its youth once again on both ends of the ice. Freshman Sydney Daniels registered her second career goal in the effort, while sophomore Miye D'Oench and Mary Parker each tallied a score. In net, sophomore stalwart Emerance Maschmeyer was flawless through two full periods, and ended the game with 31 saves, including a heart-pounding stop in the final seconds of the extra period.
Just two minutes into the game, D'Oench made Cornell pay for being off guard early. The New York, N.Y., native stole a loose puck at the blue line and raced down the ice on a 1-on-1. D'Oench created space and fired a laser just underneath Lauren Slebodnick's pads to put the Crimson up, 1-0.
As the first was winding down, the Crimson offense attacked again. Sarah Edney led the charge through the neutral zone, feeding it to D'Oench, who turned it backhand into Daniels' possession. The freshman wasted no time, rocketing one from just north of the circle and sneaking it past Slebodnick's glove.
Even with the 2-0 lead, the Harvard defense refused to relent. As the second period wore on, Cornell peppered Maschmeyer and the Crimson with shots. The Big Red fired off 12 on target, every one of which found either Maschmeyer's glove or pads. A quiet second yielded to a noisy third period, however.
Just 41 ticks into the final frame, Cornell swiped a goal on the power play – the first goal allowed in 35 penalty kill situations up until that point by the stingy Harvard defense. After racing up the ice, Jessica Campbell wristed a shot from near the point that trickled past the goal line to cut into the Crimson's lead, 2-1. Just under a minute later, the ECAC's leading scorer, Jillian Saulnier scored the first of her two goals in the period after roaring in to collect an Emily Fulton pass to knot things up at 2-2.
The Crimson didn't appear fazed, however, as Harvard's second line did work to regain the lead. After collecting the puck from Briana Mastel, Elizabeth Parker shot a pass up the boards to sister Mary Parker, who did the rest of the work in the offensive zone. Avoiding a defender sliding towards her, Parker went top-shelf, glove side to trick Slebodnick into giving Harvard the lead once again.
But Cornell battled back as Saulnier's skate was the difference as she rattled a deflection past Maschmeyer at the 15:49 mark. Both sides had chances down the stretch to close out the third, but an overtime period was needed in the even match. Even with Cornell starting the extra period on the penalty kill after a tripping penalty to close out the third, five minutes quickly went by with both sides unscathed. The Big Red nearly won things in the final seconds, but Maschmeyer sprawled out for a game-saving stop, preventing a late 1-on-1 goal.
The Crimson return to the ice Saturday afternoon when Colgate pays a visit to Bright-Landry.