Balanced Offense Powers Women’s Hockey Past Clarkson, 3-2

Balanced Offense Powers Women’s Hockey Past Clarkson, 3-2

Marissa Gedman scored the second goal of the game for Harvard (Gil Talbot).

The Harvard women's ice hockey team (8-7-2, 7-3-2 ECAC) held off a late Clarkson (7-13-3, 4-6-1 ECAC) rally in a 3-2 victory to return above .500 on the season.  With the win, Harvard swept the weekend home-stand against their North Country visitors.

Early into the final frame, Clarkson closed the gap to 2-1 on Carly Mercer's goal, scored in the midst of a scrum.  Danielle Skirrow assisted on the play.  With 10:55 remaining, Harvard responded with the eventual game-winner when Kate Buesser sent a hard wrister that squeezed through the five-hole.  The goal was Buesser's sixth of the season, which ties her with Liza Ryabkina and Katharine Chute for the team lead in goals.  Kelsey Romatoski and Ashley Wheeler assisted on the goal.

With less than three minutes remaining, Clarkson pulled netminder Lauren Dahm for an extra attacker and capitalized on Juana Baribeau's goal with 27 seconds remaining.  Jamie Lee Rattray assisted on the goal.  However, the late threat proved too late and too little, as Harvard held on for the 3-2 final score. The Crimson outshot the Golden Knights 31-15 in the game.

Although it took Harvard 6:48 to get its first shot, the Crimson made sure it counted.  From behind the goal line, Lyndsey Fry's shot caromed off Dahm's leg pad, and appeared to cross the goal line, but the referee initially gave no signal.  However, a review confirmed the goal, putting the Crimson up 1-0.  In the remainder of the period, the Crimson dispelled any notion of a hangover from last night's victory, putting together 12 shots while limiting the Golden Knights to just four for the period.

Harvard padded the lead midway through the second period, at 10:54, when Marissa Gedman's slapper navigated through traffic to find the back of the net for a power-play goal.  The goal, Gedman's second of the season, was assisted by Jillian Dempsey and Jackie Young, who also notched her first collegiate point with the assist.  The second period saw the Crimson's continued offensive dominance, firing 12 shots on goal and holding Clarkson to just three.

The Crimson has a full slate next weekend as it hosts Rensselaer and Union and welcomes back a number of former skaters for its alumnae weekend and Olympian celebration. The puck drops between Harvard and RPI Friday at 7 p.m.