Senior goaltender Molly Tissenbaum stopped 33 Golden Knight's shots in the game (Gil Talbot).
POTSDAM, N.Y. – The Harvard women's hockey team fell on the road to No. 8/8 Clarkson, 4-0, on Friday afternoon. Despite the loss, senior goaltender Molly Tissenbaum played solid between the pipes, recording a career-high 33 saves in goal for the Crimson.
The Crimson defense set the tone early as the contest remained scoreless after the first period. Tissenbaum collected 11 saves in the opening twenty minutes and the Harvard defense turned away multiple Clarkson opportunities, including three Golden Knight's power-play opportunities, to keep it a 0-0 game.
Clarkson managed to find the back of the net 2:49 into the second period to take a 1-0 lead. The Golden Knights won a faceoff and kept the puck in the offensive zone until a shot from senior Cayley Mercer gave Clarkson the one-goal advantage.
Harvard's defense continued to work throughout the period and the offense threatened multiple times, but the Crimson was turned away and the game remained 1-0 for most of the second period.
The Golden Knights added to its lead with 14 seconds remaining in the second frame, as a loose puck found its way to Mercer's stick yet again, and she scooted one by to give Clarkson a 2-0 lead right before the second intermission.
The Crimson offense picked up in the final period, amassing 10 shots on goal as it notched 20 total in the game. Clarkson, however, remained solid on the defensive end and kept Harvard off the scoreboard. The Golden Knights added two late scores in the final ten minutes of play to preserve the 4-0 victory.
Offensively, senior Sydney Daniels and junior Lexie Lang led the Crimson with four shots on goal, each. Sophomore Audrey Warner recorded three shots as on net as well.
Sophomore Kaitlin Tse led Harvard with two blocks on the defensive end, while Tinnebaum's 33 saves, including 13 in the third period, helped keep the Crimson in the game throughout. Harvard also killed six of the seven Clarkson power-play chances.
The Crimson will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 29 as it squares off with No. 7/6 St. Lawrence at Appleton Arena in a game stated for a 3 p.m. start.