CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team (9-11-2, 7-8-2 ECAC) clawed back from a two-goal deficit to tie No. 5/5 Cornell (13-7-3, 10-5-2 ECAC) 2-2 in overtime on Friday night at the Bright Landry Hockey Center.
Cornell got off to a strong start, putting itself up 2-0 through the first period. Harvard would respond midway through the second via Keely Moy and Brooke Jovanovich, cutting the Big Red's lead in half through two. Late in the third, Becky Dutton was pulled in favor of the extra attacker and with 56 seconds on the clock, Kat Hughes banged home her team-leading 11th goal of the season to force the overtime period. Neither team was able to connect during extra time, ending the ECAC and Ivy League contest in a draw.
Cornell outshot Harvard 43-25 overall but both teams totaled seven shots on the power-play. Harvard went 0-4 on the man-advantage while Cornell was unable to convert on three opportunities. The Crimson defense blocked 13 shots, led by Kate Hallett, Chelsea Ziadie and Haley Mullins with two blocks apiece. Emma Buckles and Nikki Friesen led the offense with four shots on goal each.
In her third career start, freshman Becky Dutton was one save short of doubling her career high, stopping 21 shots when the Crimson played in Ithaca and turning away 41 tonight. After the two first period goals, Dutton shutout Cornell through the final 45 minutes, totaling 27 saves in that span.
- Cornell took the first goal at 9:15 of the opening period when Kendra Nealey picked off the puck in the neutral zone and carried it to the right circle where she fired it far side, just under Dutton's blocker.
- The Big Red doubled its lead on a tally from Brianna Veerman late in the first. After Cornell's Devon Facchinato fired a shot from the point, Kristin O'Neill was able tap it into the slot with her skate where Veerman was able to tuck in her own rebound between Dutton's skate and the right post.
- Keely Moy put the Crimson on the board with a bang at 13:47 of the middle frame. After tripping up a Cornell play in the d-zone, Brooke Jovanovich flew up the ice unchallenged, supported by Chelsea Ziadie going for the two-on-one. As the duo approached the net, Jovanovich fed the puck back to Keely Moy, gunning for the three-on-one, where she ripped it top shelf from the slot, netting her third goal in two games.
- With 56 seconds remaining in regulation and Becky Dutton pulled in favor of the extra attacker, Kat Hughes fired in the equalizer that forced overtime and earned Harvard a point in the ECAC standings. After Becca Gilmore picked the puck off the left boards, she skated towards the slot and fed the puck to Kat Hughes at the bottom of the right circle where she rifled the puck past Boissonnault at 19:04 of the third period.
Harvard will return to the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. to take on the Colgate Raiders. The broadcast will be available on the Ivy League Network and NESN. In celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, all youth (8th grade and under) will receive free admission. The Crimson will also be hosting a post-game skate. (Fans must bring their own skates)