Harvard faced its first ranked opponent of 2010-11 in No. 2 Cornell (Gil talbot).
ITHACA, N.Y. – Penalties proved costly for the No. 10 Harvard women's hockey team as the Crimson dropped a 3-0 decision to conference rival No. 2 Cornell Friday night at Lynah Rink. Harvard evens its overall and conference records at 1-1-1 while the Big Red improves to 5-1-0 overall and 3-0-0 in ECAC Hockey action.
While the Crimson did a good job early on the forecheck, keeping the puck in the Cornell zone, it was the Big Red that struck first to snare a 1-0 lead. A Harvard penalty put the hosts on a power play six minutes in and Hayley Hughes, assisted by Laura Fortino and Catherine White, buried the puck for an early advantage. Back-to-back Harvard penalties gave the Big Red a 5-on-3 power play for over a minute late in the period but a gutsy defensive stand by the Crimson kept the score at 1-0 at the end of one.
The hosts found the back of the net for a second time midway through the second stanza to nab a 2-0 lead. Amber Overguard stuffed home a loose puck in front of the Harvard net at 10:02 off an assist from Hughes, her second point of the night. Penalties once again hurt the Crimson as the hosts made it 3-0 late in the stanza as Lauriane Rougeau corralled a pass from Fortino near the blue line and fired past a screened Laura Bellamy for the second power-play goal of the evening.
Harvard had a handful of good looks midway through the third on a power-play but Cornell goalie Amanda Mazzotta stood firm and kept the puck out of the net. Mazzotta ended the game with 24 saves and her first shutout of the season while Bellamy had a season-high 26 saves.
The Crimson is back in action tomorrow night as it travels to Hamilton, N.Y., for a 4 p.m., showdown with league foe Colgate.