Women's Hockey Skates to 2-2 Tie in Exhibition Against McGill

Katharine Chute had both goals for Harvard against McGill (Gil Talbot). 

The Harvard women's hockey team took a 2-1 lead into the third period but allowed a man-up goal late in the game to skate away with a 2-2 tie against McGill, Saturday at Bright Hockey Center.

Senior forward Katharine Chute netted both goals for the Crimson, while freshmen Jackie Young and Lyndsey Fry each had an assist. Josephine Pucci had a helper on Chute's first effort. Laura Bellamy picked up 12 saves in two periods of work while freshman Lauren Joarnt amassed 12 as well.

McGill took advantage of a five-on-three situation early in the opening period as Cathy Chartrand took a feed from Gillian Ferrari and beat Bellamy for an early 1-0 edge. Harvard had a number of good looks on a power play in the 17th minute, but couldn't figure out McGill netminder Andrea Wickman, who helped the guests take a1-0 lead into the first break.  

The teams traded penalties midway through the second stanza but it wasn't until a McGill holding penalty at the 14:41 mark that Harvard was able to get on the board. Pucci took a pass from Fry and found Chute who buried the puck for a power-play tally and a1-1 score.

Harvard struck less than three minutes later and it was Chute again, converting a pass from Young to give the hosts a 2-1 lead at the second intermission.

The teams played clean hockey all through the third and down a goal with less than a minute to play, McGill pulled its goaltender to put an extra skater on the ice. The move proved effective as Ann-Sophie Bettez and Leslie Oles just missed opportunities right on the doorstep, but Katia Clement-Hydra converted from close range to knot the score at 2-2 and push the game into overtime.

The teams collectively managed three shots piece in the extra period but neither was able to net the game-winner, forcing the 2-2 final.

Harvard opens its regular-season schedule at home against Yale, Friday Oct. 29 in a 7 p.m., showdown.