No. 7/7 Women's Hockey Staves off Northeastern, 4-3

The Crimson got back on track with a 4-3 win at Northeastern on Saturday (Elan Kawesch)

BOSTON – The seventh-ranked Harvard women's hockey team found itself down 2-0 at Northeastern midway through the first period, but the resilient Crimson (3-2-2, 2-1-1 ECAC) found its way back to the win column after scoring four of the game's final five goals to come away with a 4-3 victory over the Huskies (6-7-3, 5-4 WHEA) on Saturday afternoon.

Hillary Crowe paced the Crimson with a goal and an assist –including the game winner – while Miye D'Oench tallied her seventh score of the year, Lexie Laing her second and Sydney Daniels her fourth. Blue liners Sarah Edney and Abbey Frazer each dished out a pair of helpers, while sophomore netminder Brianna Laing earned the win with 25 saves on 28 shots. Laing moves to 2-0-0 this season and 9-0-0 overall in her career.

Northeastern's Hayley Scamurra led all scorers with two goals – the Huskies' first two to start the game – while Denisa Krizova added the third. Chole Desjardins collected 32 saves on the day, but the four goals allowed moved her to 5-7-3 on the year.

Normally solid on the penalty kill, Harvard found itself on the wrong end of a pair of power play goals to start the contest as Scamurra knocked one in with both a man-advantage and a 5-on-3 in a span of six minutes. The goals, both of which came on odd rushes up the ice after Harvard was able to clear out of the zone, put the Crimson in an early 2-0 hole.

But just three minutes after the second Husky score, the Crimson's top line of D'Oench, Crowe and Reber came through with a tactical goal. With the trio flying up the ice on a 3-on-2, Reber found Crowe, who dished to D'Oench for a one-timer in front of Desjardins to cut the lead to 2-1.

Five minutes following that, Lexie Laing converted on a nifty power play goal herself. Frazer and Edney both crashed the net, but a swift pass at the last minute allowed Laing to beat Desjardins handily for the score, evening the ledger at 2-2 right before the intermission.

A quick second period flew by with not much action – both teams combined for 19 shots – but the Crimson was faced with its second 5-on-3 PK. Timely blocks from Michelle Picard and a couple of saves from Laing moved it to a 5-on-4 after a minute of being down two skaters. But Northeastern attacked on the same power play as it carried over to the third.

Just 40 seconds into the new frame, Denisa Krizova beat Laing in traffic to move things quickly to 3-2 in favor of the Huskies. But just as efficiently, the Crimson responded with a goal 1:10 minutes later. Again the defensive pairing of Frazer and Edney got in on the mix before the puck squirted out to find the stick of Daniels. The sophomore found the back of the net, sending a laser to the upper 90 over a diving Desjardins to knot things up at 3-3.

Crowe put the Crimson ahead for good at the 9:13 mark in the third with an extra-effort opportunity. The junior took a hold of a rebounded shot by Mary Parker. NU tried with multiple attempts to tie things up, but the Harvard defense and eight saves down the stretch for Laing staved off the Husky attack to keep things at the final 4-3.

With the win, Harvard wraps up its Boston, non-conference swing going 1-1-1 against its Hockey East foes. The Crimson is back to ECAC action this week with visits from Dartmouth, Princeton and No. 4/4 Quinnipiac on tap.