HAMDEN, Conn. – Twice did the No. 3/5 Harvard women's hockey team fall behind to No. 9/9 Quinnipiac, but both times the Crimson (17-2-3, 13-2-2 ECAC) found a way to bounce back into the thick of things, eventually tying the Bobcats, 2-2, on Saturday.
Sophomore Miye D'Oench tallied her team-leading 12th goal of the year, while classmate Mary Parker notched her third point of the weekend with the game-tying goal in the final period. In net, Emerance Maschmeyer collected 30 saves, including 15 in the third period alone.
Following a supremely even first period – where the shots were near even and both teams spent the same amount of time in the offensive zone – Quinnipiac took its first lead early in the second stanza. The two most potent scoring threats for the Bobcats connected to give QU the advantage as Kelly Babstock fed the puck in from the circle. Shiann Darkangelo grabbed a loose rebound and backhanded it around Maschmeyer for the score.
Just over six minutes later, the Crimson retaliated though. After firing a shot on net, Marissa Gedman was able to collect the puck again, but this time found D'Oench waiting with an open stick. After the quick pass, D'Oench fired a one-timer shoulder high to knot things at 1-1. But Quinnipiac rebounded itself, able to score on a tricky shot with just 1:05 remaining in the second to take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.
The Bobcats came out and continued to fire, especially later on in the frame. But with eight minutes left in the game, Mary Parker was able to get the Crimson back into the swing of things. The sophomore buried the puck right between Chelsea Laden's pads to even the ledger at 2-2.
Maschmeyer and the Crimson defense were put to the test in the final five minutes of the game as Harvard drew a pair of penalties at once to give QU a precarious 5-on-3 for two full minutes. Both Maschmeyer and her defenders blocked and cleared puck after puck to keep the home squad off the board, eventually forcing the overtime period.
More of the same transpired, however, as Quinnipiac was the only side to get a shot on target in the five minutes. The teams skated to a 2-2 tie, Harvard's third and Quinnipiac's seventh of the year. After the three-point ECAC weekend, Harvard still holds onto its first-place lead over Clarkson in second and Cornell in third.
Next up for the Crimson is an out of conference battle with Northeastern in the Beanpot on Tuesday on the campus of Boston College in Conte Forum.