No. 10 Women’s Hockey Fights Back For 2-2 Tie at Princeton

Katharine Chute scored both goals in a 2-2 tie with Princeton Saturday afternoon (Kevin Burns).

Down a goal with less than five minutes to play, the Harvard women's hockey team managed to level the score and force a 2-2 tie with league foe Princeton, Saturday afternoon at Baker Rink. Harvard evens its record at 2-2-2 while Princeton moves to 3-3-1 in league standings and 3-5-1 overall on the season.   

The Tigers struck first midway through the opening period, even though the two teams managed just 11 shots between them in the stanza. Julie Johnson and Alex Kinney found an open Kelly Cook and Cook beat freshman goalie Lauren Joarnt to give Princeton a 1-0 edge at the 10:14 mark. A late Harvard penalty put the Tigers on a power-play, but the penalty-kill held firm and the period ended with the hosts up 1-0.

Harvard opened fire on goalie Rachel Weber in the second period and its tactics paid off 12 minutes into the frame. Katharine Chute took a Liza Ryabkina pass and buried the puck for her second goal of the season, evening the score at 1-1. Harvard outshot Princeton 13-3 in the second, but the score stayed tied entering the second intermission.

The Tigers struck quickly in the third, needing just 20 seconds to re-take the lead, this time on a Corey Stearns effort. Danielle DiCesare and Sasha Sherry picked up assists on the play for Princeton. A penalty-free period moved along quickly and with only 4:11 left in the game, Chute found the back of the net again, this time off a Kate Buesser assist. Regulation ended with the score at 2-2 and despite outshooting Princeton 5-1 in the overtime, Harvard was unable to come up with game-winner, sealing the 2-2 final.

Joarnt earned the tie in her first collegiate start, picking up 20 saves in 65 minutes of action while her counterpart Weber faced 32 shots on the game and stopped 30 of them. Harvard was 0-for-1 on power play opportunities but held the Tigers scoreless with two successful penalty kills.

Harvard returns home in its next game when it welcomes Ivy League foe Dartmouth to Bright Hockey Center Friday, Nov. 19. The opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m.