Harvard won its sixth tournament title on Sunday with the win. (Harvard Athletics)
POTSDAM, N.Y. – The Harvard women's hockey team claimed its sixth ECAC Hockey Tournament title on Sunday, its first since 2008, securing the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in the process with its 7-3 victory over Cornell. The Crimson (25-5-3) scored six times in the third period alone to overcome the Big Red (19-11-3) at Cheel Arena.
Harvard, which also won the league's regular season title, placed four skaters on the All-Tournament Team, spearheaded by the Crimson's leading goal-scorer, Sarah Edney (3-1—4 on the weekend), who also was named the Most Outstanding Player. Edney was joined by Mary Parker (2-3—5), Miye D'Oench (2-1—3) and netminder Emerance Maschmeyer (60 saves, 4 goals allowed). Edney tallied two game-tying goals, while D'Oench and Parker earned winners and Maschmeyer earned 30 saves in both games over the weekend as the Crimson went 2-0.
The Crimson's Sunday score-fest in the final frame came at opportune times throughout the period, first with back-to-back goals from Karly Heffernan and Edney. After falling behind 2-1 subsequent Jillian Saulnier's second power play goal of the game in the first minute of the third period, Heffernan evened things up with a big-time score from the slot. The freshman received a pass from Edney and managed to beat Voorheis with a quick snap shot.
A mere 51 seconds later, Edney gave Harvard its first lead of the game with her second score of the game. Just a little more than three minutes later, Parker tacked on the eventual game-winner with the help of Samantha Reber and. After corralling it from Reber, Parker hung close to the net and eventually knocked the puck in as it caromed off of Voorheis' pads and under to put the Crimson up 4-2.
Lexie Laing added to the Crimson's cause at 14:02, after Harvard survived another Cornell power play. Dani Krzyszczyk worked along the boards to eventually find Heffernan, who dished a cross-ice pass to Laing, who in turn beat Voorheis with ease on a one-timer, making it 5-2 in the Crimson's favor. Another 17 seconds passed before Parker added her second of the game at 14:19 with an unassisted tally.
After Cornell got one back with a 6-on-5 opportunity, D'Oench sent in an empty net score at 18:16 to push it to the final 7-3 mark.
With the victory, Harvard will play this weekend in the NCAA Tournament.