ITHACA, N.Y. – Facing its second ranked opponent in two days, the Harvard women's hockey team (8-7-1, 6-5-1 ECAC) dropped a 4-3 decision at Cornell (11-6-1, 8-4-0 ECAC) on Saturday afternoon. Freshman goaltender Becky Dutton made her third appearance in net, notching a career high 21 saves in 32:42 between the pipes while rookie defenseman Emma Buckles potted her first career goal. For the second straight contest, all three members of Harvard's second line found their way onto the scoresheet. Rookie Becca Gilmore tallied her team-leading sixth multi-point game of the year on one goal and two assists.
Early in the first, Cornell put the pressure on by scoring less than four minutes into play. Shortly thereafter, Becca Gilmore and Kat Hughes helped Emma Buckles tie the game at 1 on her first collegiate goal. The Big Red would later capitalize on a power-play opportunity and net a short-handed score to take a 3-1 lead before the first intermission. Each team would add a goal in the second before Becca Gilmore put the Crimson within one at 16:07 of the final frame. Cornell was able to hold the score 4-3 for the final 3:53 of the game, including 29 seconds of six-on-five.
Cornell outshot the Crimson 38-22 and went 1-for-5 on the man advantage while Harvard was unable to connect on two power-play opportunities. Six different players marked the scoresheet in the Ivy League clash including Becca Gilmore, Haley Mullins, Kat Hughes, Bradley Fusco, Emma Buckles and Ali Peper. The Crimson and Big Red split faceoffs 28-28 and Harvard managed to block 16 shots from Cornell sticks.
- Cornell put themselves on the scoreboard first when Kristin O'Neill, on the left boards, sent the puck to Jamie Bourbonnais just inside the right circle where she was able to fire a quick shot past Larcom's glove at 3:58 of the first.
- Harvard struck back 3:35 later on Emma Buckles first career goal. Becca Gilmore carried the puck down the ice and around the net before getting stopped by the Cornell defense outside the left circle. Kat Hughes recovered the puck, sending it to Emma Buckles at the point where she ripped a shot into the lower right corner at 7:33 of the opening frame.
- With Harvard in the box for tripping, Cornell's Kristin O'Neill sent the puck through the left circle to Brianna Veerman who quickly got it to Madlynne Mills just inside the circle who added a power-play tally for the Big Red at 9:59 of the first.
- On Harvard's power-play, Cornell used its speed to extend its lead to 3-1 at 14:54 of the first. After a battle for the puck in Harvard's right corner, Kristin O'Neill gained possession and took it up the boards before rifling a shot past Larcom's glove, far-side.
- After Cornell moved the puck around Harvard's entire d-zone, Sarah Knee sent it flying from the left point towards Brianna Veerman in the crease. Larcom was unable to put her glove on it and Veerman got a stick on the loose puck to make it 4-1 Cornell at 4:49 of the middle frame.
- The Crimson cut the deficit to two on Kat Hughes' team-leading ninth goal of the season. After Becca Gilmore fired a shot that nearly took Marie Boissonnault out, Harvard had space to get the puck up to Emma Buckles at the point. Buckles sent the puck towards a crowded net where chaos ensued before Gilmore and Bradley Fusco tipped the disk into the slot for Kat Hughes to back-hand it into the net at 8:26 of the second.
- En route to a line change, Haley Mullins tossed the puck to Becca Gilmore in the neutral zone before she approached the net going three-on-one against Cornell before chipping it in stick side to put Harvard one goal short at 16:07 of the final frame.
The Crimson will make a quick turnaround to face regional foe No. 2/2 Boston College on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.