No. 5/5 Women's Hockey Stages Comeback, Ties Yale, 3-3
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 5/5 Harvard women's hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie with Yale on Friday in Ingalls Rink, but the Crimson (20-4-4, 15-3-3 ECAC) did well to rally back after being down 3-1 to the Bulldogs (8-13-7, 6-8-7 ECAC) in the second period to force overtime.
Freshman Sydney Daniels scored the tying goal with just 1:16 left in the third period, allowing the Crimson to escape New Haven with a point to remain in second place in the ECAC standings. Senior Elizabeth Parker also found the back of the net for Harvard, as did the Crimson's usual suspect, Miye D'Oench. In goal, Maschmeyer racked up 23 saves, including a few highlight reel stops, in the stalemate.
Harvard and Yale went back and forth in spurts much of the contest, but the Crimson held the early advantage. Parker lifted Harvard to a 1-0 lead in the first as she buried a slick pass from Jessica Harvey, beating Jamie Leonoff glove side.
But Yale took the rest of the period over from there. The Bulldogs notched a power play goal – what has been a rarity against the Crimson, who boasted the best penalty kill in the nation coming into the game – as Taylor Marchin beat Maschmeyer on a tough goal on the right side of the net. With time running down in the opening frame, Yale attacked with the skater advantage again, this time as Jackie Raines netted a power play goal at the 18:39 mark to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
Just five minutes into the second period, Yale found the back of the net for its third unanswered goal. Krista Yip-Chuck gave the Bulldogs a 3-1 advantage and seemingly all the momentum. But nearly six minutes later, D'Oench tallied her 16th goal of the year, pulling the Crimson within 3-2 in a crucial moment. The sophomore sniped one in from down low after Harvey fed her the puck in traffic.
Each team took turns firing shots in the final period, each having a couple of chances with numbers on their side, but it wasn't until the final minutes that a puck hit the twine. With her momentum carrying her backwards, Daniels ripped a shot off her back skate, but it flew just over Leonoff's left shoulder and into the top right corner of the net for the tying score.
Avoiding a loss in regulation, the Crimson nearly toppled the Bulldogs in the extra frame on a few occasions. Most notably when Sarah Edney intercepted an errant pass and raced the puck up the ice. She weaved her way through two defenders, beating one to take it one-on-one with Leonoff, but the shot never got past Leonoff's pads.
With the tie, the Crimson still maintain second place in the ECAC, holding a tie with Cornell, both behind Clarkson in first.