Marissa Gedman scored the game-tying goal against the Bobcats Saturday (Gil Talbot).
Video Highlights: Harvard at Quinnipiac Jan. 7, 2012
HAMDEN, Conn. – Down a pair of goals at the start of the third period, the No. 8/10 Harvard women's hockey team drew even with Quinnipiac on a power-play strike from Marissa Gedman as the Crimson skated away from the TD Bank Sports Center with a 3-3 tie Saturday afternoon. The result is Harvard's first tie of the season, and comes against the first-place team in the ECAC standings.
The Crimson (9-5-1, 6-3-1) dug deep in the third period, facing a two-goal deficit with 20 minutes to play. Harvard found its first quickly, getting to within one just 3:41 into the frame. Jillian Dempsey powered the puck up the ice, drawing multiple defenders, and a soft pass towards the front of the net was touched in by Lyndsey Fry to push the score to 3-2.
While the Harvard power play looked poised through the contest, it had not been able to produce a goal through the first two periods. Just before the halfway mark of the third, the special teams unit finally struck to knot the game at 3-3. Fry carried the puck behind the net and then dished it to Michelle Picard at the right side of the blue line. Picard slid a pass to Gedman who lined up a shot from the left side that weaved through a crowd and past the Bobcat's goalie for the game-tying score at 9:43.
In the extra frame, it was Laura Bellamy to the rescue, as a barrage of shots by the Bobcats was silenced by the Crimson goaltender. The Crimson defense held tight and the final horn sounded to signify the 3-3 tie.
Harvard didn't waste any time coming out of the first break, leveling the score at 1-1 just 47 seconds into the middle stanza. A heavy Harvard push saw Hillary Crowe gain possession right in front of the Quinnipiac net and after her shot was blocked by goalie Victoria Vigilanti, Kaitlin Spurling was there to put home the short-range rebound.
Quinnipiac answered back with its second later in the period however, with Kate Wheeler wristing home the puck from the right side of the net. Harvard earned its first power play of the game in the back half of the second, but Kelly Babstock picked off an errant pass and scored the first shorthanded goal scored against the Crimson this season to give the hosts a 3-1 lead at the second intermission.
The Bobcats came out hungry and the fast-paced pressure resulted in a goal less than four minutes into the contest. Erica Uden Johansson put home a long rebound off a Megan Hagg shot at 3:48 to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Harvard upped the pressure in the back half of the period, and despite outshooting Quinnipiac, 12-8, in the frame, was unable to best goalie Victoria Vigilanti in the first.
The Crimson is back in action next weekend when it returns home to face a pair of league opponents. The Crimson welcomes Union to Bright Hockey Center Friday for a 7 p.m., game and will face Rensselaer the following afternoon at 4 p.m.