Women’s Hockey Drops 4-2 Decision to No. 9/9 Colgate, Forcing Game Three in ECAC Quarterfinal Series

(photo credit Gil Talbot) 

HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Harvard women's hockey team (12-14-5, 9-9-4 ECAC Hockey) fell 4-2 to No. 9/9 Colgate (22-9-5, 15-4-3 ECAC Hockey) on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton, N.Y. With the quarterfinal series now tied 1-1, tomorrow's game three will determine which team will advance to championship weekend. 

Dominique Petrie and Emma Buckles scored for the Crimson today, while Brooke Jovanovich, Becca Gilmore, Kyra Willoughby and Kaitlin Tse added helpers in the contest. Tse led the defense with three blocks while six different players tallied three shots on goal for the offense. Lindsay Reed posted 36 saves in net in 58:59 minutes of play. 

For the second consecutive contest, the Raiders held a shot advantage and each team cashed in once on the power-play. 

Colgate didn't waste time getting on the board in game two, scoring on the power-play 13:57 into the opening frame. The Crimson responded 14:47 into the second when Dominique Petrie fired a shot through traffic over Vandyk's right shoulder to tie the score at one. Less than two minutes later, the Raiders took a 2-1 lead heading into second intermission. 

Early in the third, Colgate extended its lead to 3-1 on an unfortunate bounce of the puck in front of the Crimson net at 4:35 of the final period. Less than a minute later, it looked as if the Raiders may have run away with the game after they scored their fourth of the night, but Emma Buckles cut the deficit to two on a power-play goal, chipping in a rebound at 18:15. 

Despite pulling Reed from net for the final minute, Harvard was unable to close the gap, forcing a third game in the 2019 ECAC Quarterfinal series.

What's Next
The Crimson will return to the Class of 1965 Arena tomorrow, March 3, for game three of the ECAC Quarterfinals. The winner of tomorrow's game will punch its ticket to championship weekend scheduled for March 9-10 at the highest remaining seed after quarterfinals.