CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite not getting the result it wanted, the Harvard women's hockey team (8-9-1, 6-6-1 ECAC) put No. 2/2 Clarkson (20-3-1, 11-2-0 ECAC) to the test, forcing the Golden Knights to earn a 3-1 victory at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center on Friday night.
Harvard came out fast and furious, applying significant pressure in the first period and not allowing a single shot from Clarkson through the first three minutes of action. The Crimson would outshoot the Golden Knights 12-9 despite a quick tally from the visitors midway through the frame. Clarkson would double its lead in the second on a shot from its leading scorer. Kaitlin Tse gave the Golden Knights a wake-up call when she put Harvard within one less than six minutes into the third period. Clarkson responded with another score midway through, securing the score at 3-1.
The Crimson defense played one of its most complete games of the season, blocking 21 shots and killing all six of Clarkson's power-plays, including 43 seconds of five-on-three action. Emma Buckles and Becca Gilmore led the Crimson combining for 10 of the 21 total blocked shots. On offense, Brooke Jovanovich rifled off a game-high six shots on net, followed by Kat Hughes with four shots.
Beth Larcom made 29 saves between the pipes, including an incredible dive as Clarkson looked to chip in an empty netter.
- Clarkson struck first when Michaela Pejzlova won an offensive zone faceoff back to Elizabeth Giguere at the top of the left circle where she was able to beat Larcom stick-side at 13:06 of the opening period.
- The Golden Knights doubled their lead at 7:08 of the second when Loren Gabel and Michaela Pejzlova traded the puck through the defensive zone before Gabel skated through two Harvard defenders in the slot and put the puck just inside the left post.
- Junior Kaitlin Tse would slash Clarkson's lead and put the Golden Knights on their toes 5:50 into the third period. After Val Turgeon gained possession through the neutral zone, Haley Mullins wrapped around the back of the net meeting Kaitlin Tse outside the crease where she chipped the puck off the far post for the score.
- Clarkson would add the final tally 2:33 later. After a tie up in Clarkson's right corner, Loren Gabel cut through the offensive zone and backhanded a pass across the ice to Michaela Pejzlova who beat Larcom's blocker at 8:23 of the third.
The Crimson will return to the ice tomorrow afternoon to face No. 10/RV St. Lawrence in a 3 p.m. matchup. The contest will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network as well as NESN.