CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – After a hard-fought, 65-minute battle, Samantha Reber buried the game winner to give the No. 6/6 Harvard women's hockey team a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over Boston University in the Beanpot Consolation on Tuesday in Conte Forum.
Miye D'Oench, who notched three points for the second consecutive outing, tied the game with just eight minutes to play. Jessica Harvey also lit the lamp for the Crimson, tallying her first career goal to give Harvard an early 1-0 lead in the first. In net, Emerance Maschmeyer turned in yet another stellar performance, steering away 39 shots to earn her 15th victory of the year.
The Crimson (19-3-3, 14-3-2 ECAC) and Terriers (19-10-1, 12-5-0 WHEA) clashed back-and-forth for every minute of the game, but it was BU that applied early pressure. Boston University would eventually reel off 13 shots on target in the opening frame, but Harvey's put-back at the 14:51 mark was the difference maker. Following a D'Oench pass across the ice, junior Sarah Edney ripped a shot from near the blue line that bounced straight off Kaitlyn Sperry's pads, directly into Harvey's control. Sliding closer to the net, Harvey lifted the puck backhanded right over a reaching Sperry to vault the Crimson to an early lead.
Early on in the second, however, BU continued to test the Maschmeyer and the Crimson defense. Sarah Lefort fired a shot on goal that appeared to bounce back into play off the crossbar, but after a stoppage in play, the shot was reviewed and determined to have crossed the line to make it a 1-1 game early.
Though Harvard yielded the early goal, the defense never lost focus in the second period. With just over three minutes remaining, the Crimson drew its second of two consecutive penalties to give BU a precarious 5-on-3 for 1:24. Led by Marissa Gedman's five blocks during that span, Harvard killed off the Terrier attack in style to keep it 1-1 heading into the third.
Boston University finally struck again midway through the third period however. On its fifth power play of the night, the Terriers' leading scorer Louise Warren tapped in a tipped cross-ice pass, just out of the reach of Maschmeyer. The play was reviewed, as it may have hit off Warren's skate, but it was upheld, giving BU a late 2-1 lead.
But just over two minutes later, D'Oench pulled the Crimson even with a great team effort in front. Reber was able to connect for a flurry of shots in front of the crease, and eventually sent a rebounded shot over to D'Oench, who easily one-timed it home for the score, her team-best 15th of the season.
As the two skated to 2-2 draw after a full 60 minutes, it was a game either side could take. BU fired away once again, sending six shots on target to Harvard's two, but the Crimson made its pair of shots count. After D'Oench made an excellent play up the boards to feed it to Gedman, the junior captain saucered a brilliant pass to Reber who banged it home off the pipe with a mere 10.9 seconds left.
Harvard, now a winner of two in a row, returns to the ice this weekend for crucial ECAC points on the line with visits from Clarkson and St. Lawrence on Friday and Senior Day Saturday, respectively.