PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard women's hockey team (7-4-0, 7-0-0 ECAC Hockey) preserved its unblemished record in conference play with a 3-2 overtime victory over Brown (1-11-1, 1-6-1 ECAC Hockey) on Saturday afternoon at Meehan Auditorium. Kristin Della Rovere scored the game-winning goal with 2:05 remaining on the clock in extra time while Beth Larcom earned her second victory over Brown this season.
The teams got right to work, scoring a combined three goals in the first 5:30 and a fourth at just 10:21 of the opening frame. Keely Moy began the frenzy when she dangled around the defense to chip in a shot from just outside the slot at 3:58. Brown responded less than a minute later beating Larcom short side at 4:39. Harvard regained the lead at 5:23 when Kat Hughes clipped an Ali Peper shot from up top. The Bears would have the final word of the first to even the score at 10:21 on a wrister from the point.
The second period went silent with Larcom making nine saves to hold the score at 2-2 heading into the final frame. As the battle continued through the third, neither team was able to break through, forcing overtime for the second time this season. Early in the extra frame, the Bears would take a checking penalty that would seal their fate. At 2:55 with less than 30 seconds remaining on the power play, Ali Peper would feed the puck from the top of the zone to Kristin Della Rovere inside the right circle where she fired the game-winner between Kliczko and the right post.
- Beth Larcom made her second start of the season between the pipes, making 18 saves.
- Kristin Della Rovere notched her team-leading 10th goal of the season.
- Becca Gilmore and Courtney Hyland led the offense with five shots on goal apiece.
- Seven different players marked the scoresheet.
- Harvard outshot Brown 35-20.
- The Crimson won its second overtime contest of the season.
- Harvard is now 7-0-0 in ECAC Hockey play, the last time the Crimson opened ECAC Hockey play with seven wins was 2012-13.
Harvard will break for finals and the winter holidays before returning for a non-conference tilt with Boston College on Dec. 31 at 2 p.m.