Maschmeyer made 31 saves on Friday night to preserve a 1-1 draw and one point in the ECAC standings. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – It was a hard-fought 65 minutes, but eventually No. 3/4 Harvard and No. 10/RV St. Lawrence battled to a 1-1 tie on Friday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Crimson (21-4-3, 16-3-2 ECAC) outshot the Saints (18-10-5, 12-5-4 ECAC) on the night, 45-32, but neither side really came away with the chances they created.
Sydney Daniels tacked on her 16th goal of the year to tie the game in the second period, marking the only tally for the Crimson. In net, junior Emerance Maschmeyer was a stalwart, turning aside 31 SLU shots in the draw.
Once again, Harvard remained perfect on the penalty kill, halting the Saints' only opportunity, but struggled on its own power play, going 0-for-3.
After a track-meet of a first period, the Saints broke the silence just 3:18 into the new frame. After intercepting a Harvard transition, SLU's Kennedy Marchment feathered a pass to Hannah Miller, who did the rest of the work. Miller slid through the high slot and ripped a shot that went top-shelf over Maschmeyer's pads for the score.
Down 1-0, the Crimson didn't wait long to retaliate. Marissa Gedman worked along the boards in the defensive zone to shovel a pass through traffic to Kalley Armstrong who was waiting with room. Armstrong then chauffeured the puck up the ice along with Daniels. Harvard's co-captain then fed Daniels between the faceoff circles, where the sophomore wristed a shot from the hashmarks past MacDonald's pads to even the ledger at 1-1.
The third period flew by with limited action, both teams combining for just 19 shots on target. Maschmeyer made 10 saves in the stanza, but MacDonald was equal to the task on the other end of the ice, stopping all nine of Harvard's shots.
Harvard had itself a power play opportunity in the overtime period, getting seven shots off in the frame alone, but MacDonald steered aside all seven. SLU tried to take the lead late with three shots down the stretch, but Maschmeyer continued the trend of the goaltenders and kept things even at 1-1 when the horn sounded.
The Crimson still holds first place in the ECAC race, but the date with Clarkson tomorrow at 4 p.m. – Harvard's Senior Day – is crucial as the winner of the contest will take home the conference title.