Three different skaters found the back of the net for the Crimson (Elan Kawesch).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On the ice for the first time this season, Harvard women's hockey took down McGill in an exhibition at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, 3-2. The triumph marked the fifth-straight season with a win over McGill in the preseason.
Freshman Grace Zarzecki tallied the game-winning shorthanded goal at 1:20 in the third period, scoring in her first-career game wearing Crimson. Sophomore Karly Heffernan scored the opening goal in the game at 9:12 in the first period, and classmate Haley Mullins also found the back of the net for Harvard, recording a power play goal just two minutes after the first score. Senior Emerance Maschmeyer and junior Molly Tissenbaum split time in goal, and made 12 and eight saves, respectively.
After scoring nine goals in her freshman campaign, Heffernan put Harvard on the board early with an unassisted goal to the goaltender's stick side. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native stole the puck from a McGill defenseman in Harvard's attacking zone, and calmly slotted the puck into the bottom corner.
The Crimson took advantage of its first power play of the day, as Mullins put the puck past the Martlet's goaltender at 12:59 in the first period. On the counter-attack, Michelle Picard played the puck forward to Miye D'Oench, who sent a pass across the face of goal onto the stick of Mullins, who finished in the lower left corner to give Harvard a 2-0 lead.
The visiting Martlets fought back to tie the game, 2-2, with a pair of second-period goals. Kelsie Moffatt and Melodie Daoust found Brittany Fouracres for a power play goal at 5:15 in the period, and Daoust scored a goal of her own after a feed from Stefanie Pohlod at 17:44.
Harvard entered the third period with 1:23 left on the penalty kill, but it did not stop Zarzecki from scoring her shorthanded goal just over a minute into the third period. In the attacking zone, the Chicago native swiped the puck from a McGill defenseman, dropped to a knee and lifted the puck into the upper right corner. The score stood as the game-winner after Harvard held McGill scoreless in the final frame.
Harvard women's hockey opens its 2015-16 regular season on Friday, Oct. 23 at Dartmouth's Thompson Arena. The 7 p.m. puck drop will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.