Women’s Hockey’s Rally Cut Short at Yale, 3-2

Harvard outshot the Bulldogs 43-21 on the afternoon (Gil Talbot).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Despite a furious comeback in the final two frames, Harvard women's hockey fell to Yale, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink.

Junior Haley Mullins and sophomore Kaitlin Tse found the back of the mesh for the Crimson, netting their fourth and third goals of the season, respectively. Four different Crimson players tallied an assist for Harvard (3-14-2, 3-9-2 ECAC Hockey), which outshot Yale (7-11-3, 5-8-1 ECAC Hockey) by a 43-21 margin. Senior Brianna Laing made 18 stops between the posts.

The Bulldogs struck first at 5:10 in the first off the stick of Courtney Pensavalle, and extended the lead to 3-0 with back-to-back scores a minute apart in the second from Laura Anderson and Kaitlin Gately.

The Harvard rally started at 9:51 in the second, when Mullins scored during a delayed penalty to pull the Crimson within two, 3-1. Freshman Kat Hughes and junior Lexie Laing found Mullins at the top of the crease, who was able to wrist a shot across the line. The helpers were the fifth and seventh for Hughes and Laing, respectively, this season.

A trio of penalties, including a game misconduct for Emily Monaghan, for the Bulldogs gave Harvard momentum at the end of the second frame. Senior Briana Mastel whipped the puck around to freshman Ali Peper for a shot from the left side, and Tse banged home the rebound for her third power play goal of the season. Mastel picked up her team-leading eighth assist, while Peper tallied her first-career helper.

Harvard forced Yale's Tera Hofmann into 24 saves in the second frame, and battered her for 11 more in the third, but the Crimson could not secure the game-tying goal, falling 3-2. Harvard returns home to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center Jan. 27-28, when it will take on Colgate and No. 10 Cornell on ESPN3 and NESN, respectively, and the Ivy League Digital Network.