Strong Third Period Pushes No. 4/3 Minnesota Duluth Past Women’s Hockey, 4-1

Hughes scored her second-career goal in the first period (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hosting the first of a two-game series, Harvard women's hockey fell to No. 4/3 Minnesota Duluth, 4-1, on Friday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Freshman Kat Hughes netted her second-career goal, scoring off the feed from classmate Val Turgeon and sophomore Kaitlin Tse. The helper was the second of the season for both players. Senior Molly Tissenbaum eclipsed 30 saves for the third-straight game, stopping 32 shots.

The Crimson (1-7-0) outshot the Bulldogs (9-3-3) in the opening period, 9-5, and took a 1-0 lead at 11:19 when Hughes tipped home a shot from Tse into the top right corner. Turgeon started the play with a pass to the point to Tse, who was able to find Hughes for her second goal in three games.

Minnesota Duluth tied the game at 7:04 in the second period after a goal from Ashleigh Brykaliuk. Harvard added 11 shots in the second period, and had a chance to take a 2-1 lead in the final minute of the second period after a penalty on Demi Crossman created a penalty shot. Senior Sydney Daniels stepped in for the attempt, but her backhanded shot was saved by Maddie Rooney.

The Bulldogs scored three times in the final period to take a 4-1 lead, twice from Katherine McGovern and once from Michelle Lowenhielm.

Harvard and Minnesota Duluth square off on Saturday, Nov. 26 to close the two-game set. The game will be broadcast for free on Facebook Live, and will be shown on the Ivy League Digital Network.