Pair of Ryabkina Goals Helps Women's Hockey Tie Yale, 3-3, in Season Opener

Pair of Ryabkina Goals Helps Women's Hockey Tie Yale, 3-3, in Season Opener

Liza Ryabkina netted two goals against Yale, including the game-tying tally with 14 seconds in regulation (Gil Talbot). 

Down 3-2 with less than a minute to play, senior tri-captain Liza Ryabkina blasted home a shot from the left point with 14 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and a 3-3 tie against Yale, Friday night in the 2010-11 home opener. Harvard extends its unbeaten streak in season-openers to 10 years with the result.

With the score tied at 2-2 after the second intermission, the Bulldogs grabbed their third lead of the evening as Alyssa Zupon was able to stuff home a loose puck in front of the Harvard net, giving Yale a 3-2 edge with 9:06 to play in the game. A delay of game penalty on Yale goalie Erin Callahan with 1:52 showing on the clock put Harvard on the power-play for the remainder of regulation. The Crimson pulled it goalie for a six-on-four advantage and after putting a handful of shots on frame, Leanna Coskren whipped the puck from the Yale blueline back to Ryabkina who fired true for the equalizer.

Despite a 4-0 shot advantage in the overtime period and a power-play opportunity, the Crimson was unable to net the game-winner, forcing a 3-3 final. The Crimson had a commanding lead in shots at 42-13, holding Yale to single-digit shot totals in all three regulation periods.   

Harvard didn't allow the Bulldogs any space through the opening eight minutes, holding the guests without a shot during that time and holding an 8-0 advantage in faceoffs. The Crimson maintained its aggressive play through the remainder of the period, but resulting penalties allowed Yale to grab two leads in the stanza.

Jackie Raines broke the scoreless tie for Yale, converting a pass from Bray Ketchum for an early 1-0 lead. The hosts answered back swiftly, evening the score just over two minutes later as rookie Marissa Gedman found Katharine Chute in front of the net, and Chute buried the puck for a 1-1 score. The Bulldogs had the last laugh in the first as they converted their second-straight power-play opportunity as Jennifer Lawrence put home an Aurora Kennedy pass, giving Yale a 2-1 edge at the break.

Harvard killed off a five-minute major penalty to start the second stanza, but was unable to knot the score despite two Bulldog penalties. Late in the period, two quick Bulldog infractions gave Harvard a five-on-three and the Crimson took advantage as Ryabkina tipped in a Marissa Gedman shot to knot the score at 2-2. Harvard ended the period with a 27-9 overall shots advantage.

The Crimson is back in action tomorrow evening as it welcomes Brown to Bright Hockey Center for a 4 p.m., showdown.