CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a contest with no lack of effort from either squad, the Harvard women's hockey team (5-4-1, 3-2-1 ECAC) was edged by Quinnipiac (9-7-2, 5-4-0 ECAC) in the first of back-to-back games this weekend. For the second time this season, the Crimson came up one goal short against the Bobcats, ending the game on the sore side of a 2-1 decision.
After almost 40 minutes of silence, Brooke Bonsteel broke the ice with 2:45 remaining in the second, giving the Bobcats a 1-0 lead heading into the third. Harvard struck back with a tally from Kat Hughes early in the final period before Bonsteel potted the game winner 37 seconds later.
In net, Beth Larcom stopped a season-high 33 shots while Chelsea Ziadie and Ali Peper combined for seven blocks on defense. Kat Hughes led the Crimson offense with a goal and seven shots on net. Harvard was successful on all three penalty kills and posted a 28-27 advantage at the faceoff dot.
- After collecting her own rebound, Quinnipiac's Sarah-Eve Coutu-Godbout fired a shot from the point that Brooke Bonsteel was able to clip on its way to the net, putting the Bobcats up 1-0 at 17:15 of the middle frame.
- Early in the third, Harvard evened the score when Kaitlin Tse took possession of the puck in the Crimson's zone, sending it to Becca Gilmore at the blue line. Gilmore then fed the puck to Kat Hughes who found the back of the net on a backhand shot from the slot at 1:14 of the third.
- Just 37 seconds later, Quinnipiac tallied its eventual game-winner when Brooke Bonsteel sent in a wrister from the left circle at 1:41 of the final frame.
The Harvard women's hockey team will return tomorrow for the Light the Bright-Landry feature event. Crimson fans are encouraged to wear their best neon attire as Harvard attempts to break the all-time women's hockey attendance record at the rink. The first 1,000 fans through the door will receive a light up foam glow stick and the first 400 fans to arrive will also be able to claim a neon Harvard t-shirt. Fans who wear neon to the game will receive a free spin on the Harvard prize wheel!