Women’s Hockey Opens 2017 with Tie at No. 8/8 Quinnipiac, 2-2

Hughes scored the game-tying goal for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).

HAMDEN, Conn. – Led by a strong defensive effort, Harvard women's hockey played to a 2-2 tie in overtime at No. 8/8 Quinnipiac on Friday evening at the TD Bank Sports Center. The overtime contest was Harvard's sixth in 12 bouts this season.

Senior Sydney Daniels and freshman Kat Hughes found the back of the net for the Crimson (1-9-2, 1-5-2 ECAC Hockey), their sixth and third of the season, respectively. Four different players registered assists, while freshman Beth Larcom made 27 saves, including a penalty shot stop in overtime.

The tie marked the eighth time in the last nine matchups with Quinnipiac (14-5-4, 7-3-2 ECAC Hockey) that the outcome was decided by a goal or less, with Harvard moving to 4-3-1 in those games. The deadlock was also the Crimson's second in a row against a ranked opponent.

The Bobcats went ahead 1-0 at 17:22 in the first after a power play goal from Kate MacKenzie. Kenzie Prater and Alicia Barry were credited assists on the play.

Responding quickly, it took just 58 seconds in the second period for the Crimson to level the score, 1-1. Daniels took a feed from sophomore Haley Mullins and freshman Val Turgeon and sniped a goal from the outside of the right circle.

Quinnipiac responded with a goal three minutes later, coming off the stick of Meghan Turner. The goal was one of only three shots the Crimson defense would allow in the second period.

With momentum on its side in the third period, freshman Kat Hughes netted the game-tying goal at 16:16 in the third period to push the score to 2-2. Senior Abbey Frazer freed the puck to junior Lexie Laing, who was able to backhand a pass across the crease to Hughes for the finish.

The Crimson had a pair of chances late to score the go-ahead goal, but the contest ultimately went to overtime. Harvard tallied a pair of shots in the extra frame, but the most important play came with 38 seconds to go when Larcom stopped a penalty shot from Prater to keep the score level.

Harvard finishes the weekend jaunt at Princeton on Saturday, Jan. 7 for a 3 p.m. puck drop. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.