Jillian Dempsey netted two goals in a 3-3 tie with Clarkson (Gil Talbot)
POTSDAM, N.Y. – A see-saw battle at Cheel Arena ended in a tie as the Harvard women's hockey team skated to a 3-3 draw with ECAC rival Clarkson Friday afternoon. The Crimson maintains its second-place position in league standings as its record moves to 12-4-3 in ECAC action and 13-8-4 overall.
A quiet first period went by quickly as the teams displayed their special teams' aptitude with a penalty kill each. However, late in the frame, Clarkson (11-13-6, 8-6-4 ECAC) took advantage of its second power-play opportunity to snare a 1-0 lead at the first break. Hailey Wood received a pass from Jamie Lee Rattray at the top of the left faceoff circle and slapped a shot into the upper right corner for the game's first goal. The Crimson ended the period with its third player in the box, facing a one-goal deficit.
The second period was a step up in tempo for both teams and Harvard squared the score midway through the second. Jillian Dempsey corralled the puck at her own blue line and sped through the Clarkson defense, flicking home a close-range forehand to knot the score at 1-1 at 10:14. Harvard kept up the pressure which resulted in its first lead of the game just over two minutes later. Kelsey Romatoski took a feed from Alisa Baumgartner and fired on Clarkson goalie Erica Howe, who made the initial save but left the rebound for Elizabeth Parker to clean up for a 2-1 lead.
The scoring flurry continued as Clarkson drew even just over a minute later when Rattray put away a backhand on a breakaway off assists from Brittany Styner and Danielle Boudreau. Harvard outshot the Golden Knights, 19-4, in the frame, giving it a 26-14 edge in shots through two periods of play.
The hosts regained the lead less than two minutes into the final frame as Clarkson's top scorer, Melissa Waldie, potted an unassisted effort at 18:08 to swing the lead back to the Golden Knights. The deficit didn't sit well with the Crimson and the guests answered just over two minutes later with another equalizer. Leanna Coskren put a puck on net from behind the left faceoff circle and Dempsey deposited the puck for her second goal of the game at 15:31. Both teams had plenty of good looks in the back half of the stanza, but solid goaltending kept the score knotted, 3-3, at the end of regulation.
It was more of the same in the five minute overtime period as both teams had good scoring chances but Bellamy and Howe shut the door on all opportunities. Harvard outshot Clarkson, 36-21, for the game while the Knights had a 29-22 edge in faceoffs.
The Crimson plays its final regular-season road contest of the season Saturday when it takes on St. Lawrence at 2 p.m.