Daniels sent in her fifth game winning goal of the year on Friday night. (Elan Kawesch)
HAMDEN, Conn. – After a defensive battle for more than 60 minutes, with both teams deadlocked at 1-1, Sydney Daniels knocked in the game-winning goal at the 3:26 mark in overtime to vault the No. 4/4 Harvard women's hockey team to a thrilling 2-1 victory over No. 5/5 Quinnipiac on Friday. The Crimson, which came from 1-0 down in the second to win, moves to 15-3-2 (12-2-1 ECAC), while the Bobcats drop to 20-4-3 (11-2-2 ECAC) after its third straight setback.
Daniels' goal, which came by way of solid efforts from Lyndsey Fry and Sarah Edney, was her fifth winner of the year. For the fourth time in as many contests, senior co-captain Kalley Armstrong found the back of the net as well, adding a score in the second period to knot things at 1-1, thanks to a fine pass from Daniels.
Between the pipes, junior goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer was a pure difference maker for the Crimson against a tough Quinnipiac offense, turning aside 26-of-27 shots to pick up her eighth win of the year. Maschmeyer and the Harvard defense in front of her killed the only power play in the game.
QU dented the scoreboard first 2:36 into the second period. After the opening frame flew by with little action – both teams combining for 14 shots – Nicole Kosta put the Bobcats ahead 1-0. After bringing the puck out of traffic, Kosta ripped a backhanded shot that went just wide of the reach of Maschmeyer's leg, finding the back of the net.
More physical play continued through the period until Daniels and Armstrong teamed up to even the ledger. Daniels did well to fight for the puck, eventually churning it loose behind the cage. The sophomore then fed a nice pass forward to Armstrong, who stopped it with her skate enough to snipe a shot glove side past Laden for the score.
The third period traipsed forward with limited shots from either side and a lot of play between the blue lines. Maschmeyer collected eight of her 26 saves in the frame, including a couple timely stops in the latter portion of the 20 minutes. With just over five minutes to play, Mary Parker nearly sealed it with a backhanded attempt of her own, but Laden was there to put a lid on the puck.
After yet another scoreless period, the two skated into overtime – Harvard for the fourth time this season. The Crimson held a distinct possession advantage early in the five-minute frame, but QU retaliated with a couple attempts late. But that was moot point after Fry, Edney and Daniels teamed up to end things. Working along the boards, Fry feathered a pass to Edney, who was waiting in the left faceoff circle. From there, the junior defenseman ripped a shot that caromed off of Daniels and right past Laden to sound the horn and give Harvard the 2-1 victory.
Up next the surging Crimson – now first in the ECAC – heads further south to Princeton to take on the Tigers, both of whom are jockeying for pole position in the race for an Ivy League title this season.