(photo credit Gil Talbot)
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Harvard women's hockey team (1-1-0, 1-1-0 ECAC) was edged 3-2 at No. 7/7 Cornell (2-0-0, 1-0-0 ECAC) today at Lynah Rink. The Crimson was able to notch its first power play tally of the season off of Lexie Laing's stick but was unable to overcome an early Big Red lead. With 26 seconds on the clock, Anne Bloomer put the Crimson within one, but the clock expired before Harvard would have a chance to score again.
The teams began fast and furious, combining for 32 shot attempts through the first period. Midway through the frame, Cornell managed to convert on the power play with a flurry of shots from the crease, taking a 1-0 lead at 10:21. Three-minutes later, the Big Red would score again on the man advantage off a shot from the slot. At 18:37 of the opening period, Lexie Laing would give Cornell a taste of its own medicine, redirecting a shot from Kat Hughes right out front to put the score at 2-1 heading into first intermission.
The second period picked up pace but remained scoreless until there was just 45 seconds left when the Big Red broke through for a wrister from the inside of the left circle at 19:15, extending its lead to two. The quick play continued through the third period but both teams went scoreless until Harvard pulled its goalie and Anne Bloomer banged home a rebound from the right of the crease to cut the deficit to one at 19:34.
- Katie Tresca went 9-17 at the faceoff dot.
- Beth Larcom made her season debut, recording 34 saves.
- Anne Bloomer and Kat Hughes have both tallied points in each of the first two games.
- Cornell outshot Harvard 37-25.
- Blocked shots were even at 12 per team.
Harvard will return to the ice tomorrow at 3 p.m. to take on No. 9/9 Colgate at the Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton, N.Y.