Harvard celebrated Senior Day on Saturday, but Clarkson edged the Crimson, 1-0. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 3/4 Harvard women's hockey team clashed with No. 7/7 Clarkson on Saturday, but the Golden Knights (22-9-4, 16-4-2 ECAC) edged the Crimson (21-5-3, 16-4-2 ECAC), 1-0, on Senior Day in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
Though Harvard dropped the decision to Clarkson, the Crimson still claimed a share of the ECAC Regular Season Championship, and clinched the Ivy League title outright by virtue of a Princeton loss to Yale.
Once again, junior netminder Emerance Maschmeyer was solid in goal, stopping 23-of-24 shots Clarkson sent her way, but Golden Knight freshman Shea Tiley compiled 28 saves to pick up the regular-season finale victory on the road.
The Crimson peppered Tiley and the Knights throughout the game, but sent in half of its shots (14) on goal in the third period alone. Neither squad could find the back of the net on power plays, as Harvard went 0-for-2 while Clarkson was denied by the Crimson penalty kill unit all three times.
Nearly halfway through the first, Clarkson broke the even silence as Brielle Bellerieve put the Knights ahead with an unassisted tally at 8:20. After going through traffic near the red line, the puck found open ice and eventually Bellerieve's stick. The freshman forward did work the rest of the way, sending in a shot that ricocheted off the pipes and into the back of the net for the eventual game-winning score.
Harvard battled through the second and third periods as a bevy of Crimson nearly converted shots, but Tiley was there to keep them at bay. With the loss, Harvard secures the No. 2 overall seed in the ECAC playoffs, hosting Yale next weekend for the Quarterfinals, a best-of-three series at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.