TROY, N.Y. – In its first game in 30 days, the Harvard women's hockey team (8-4-1, 6-2-1 ECAC) held onto a 2-1 lead to outlast the Rensselaer Engineers (7-10-4, 4-4-1 ECAC) on Friday night at Houston Field House.
The Engineers struck first on an early power-play opportunity before Becca Gilmore answered back, tying the game heading into the first intermission. With time almost expired in the middle frame, Keely Moy buried a power-play tally off a rebound from Emma Buckles.
Beth Larcom made 25 saves in net and is now on a career high three game win streak.
Harvard outshot Rensselaer 30-26, led by defenseman Emma Buckles who put a team high six shots on net. Both teams were able to convert once on the man advantage while Rensselaer held a 16-11 blocked shot advantage.
Following this evening's contests, Harvard is now tied with St. Lawrence for fourth in the league with 13 points. Quinnipiac and Colgate are knotted at second with 14 league points while Clarkson is holding onto the top spot with 16 league points.
- With Harvard in the box for hooking, Rensselaer's Jaimie Grigsby tallied her fifth power-play goal of the season. Whitney Renn fed the puck off from the left corner to Grigsby who was in the slot and managed to beat Larcom glove side at 2:56 of the first.
- Harvard struck back with 23 seconds remaining in the first period. Kat Hughes picked the puck off Rensselaer at the Harvard blue line and sent it to Becca Gilmore moving up the ice. Gilmore entered the o-zone, skating through two Rensselaer defenders before burying the puck over Lovisa Selander's pad far side.
- With less than a minute to go in the second, Keely Moy put the Crimson ahead on her first power-play goal of the season. After Emma Buckles ripped a shot from the point, Moy punched in the rebound from just outside the left of the crease at 19:21 of the second frame.
Harvard will continue ECAC action tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 6 at Union. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m. at Messa Rink.