Marissa Gedman netted the game-winner just 1:32 into the overtime period (Gil Talbot).
POTSDAM, N.Y. – The Harvard defense came to the rescue in its first overtime game of the season as sophomore defenseman Marissa Gedman netted the game-winning goal just 1:32 into the frame to give the Harvard women's hockey team a thrilling, 2-1, overtime victory over Clarkson Saturday at Cheel Arena. Harvard completes its second Clarkson/St. Lawrence series sweep in its last three tries, and ups its record to 2-0-0 on the young season.
Clarkson had the first good look of the overtime period, but Bellamy was once again solid, turning aside an early chance for the hosts. A faceoff in the Clarkson zone sparked a Harvard push, but the Golden Knights chipped the puck out to relieve the threat temporarily. The chip found the stick of Michelle Picard near mid-ice and a casual pass to Gedman sent the sophomore defenseman up the ice. Gedman found some space just outside the right faceoff circle, and her low slapshot beat Howe stickside for the game-winner just 1:32 into the frame.
For the second night in a row, Harvard started its scoring in the second period, netting its fourth power-play goal of the season at the 5:42 mark of the frame. Jillian Dempsey controlled the puck just in front of the blue line and passed to Marissa Gedman who held for a second before wristing a pass to Josephine Pucci by the left faceoff circle. Pucci didn't get all of the puck on her one-timer, but the shot was enough to loft past Clarkson goalie Erica Howe's right shoulder for a 1-0 lead.
The hosts answered with a power-play goal of their own, knotting the score with just 35 seconds to play in the middle stanza. Hailey Wood put home her second goal of the season, pushing the puck past Laura Bellamy through a scrum in front of the net. After outshooting the Golden Knights, 11-7, in the opening frame, Clarkson zeroed in on its target in the second, outshooting the Crimson, 11-5, in the period.
Both teams had good looks throughout the third period, but Bellamy and Howe stayed true, turning aside every puck they saw in the stanza. The Crimson took back the overall edge in shots with 11 to Clarkson's eight in the frame, giving Harvard a 27-26 shots advantage after regulation.
Gedman finished with two points on the evening, her second multi-point game in as many contests, while Pucci netted her first goal of the season and Dempsey collected her first helper of the year. Bellamy was rock-solid in net, posting 25 saves in the win for Harvard.
Harvard will take next weekend off from play and return to action on the road against Colgate Nov. 11 in a 7 p.m. game.