Comeback Falls Short as No. 9 Women’s Hockey Drops 4-2 Decision to No. 7 Minnesota

Kate Buesser netted two goals against Minnesota (Gil Talbot).

Senior tri-captain Kate Buesser netted the final two goals of the game but the rally fell short as the Harvard women's hockey team dropped a 4-2 decision to the No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers Sunday at Ridder Arena. Harvard drops to 0-2-0 in non-conference action this season and 4-4-2 overall while Minnesota ups its record to 10-5-0. 

Penalties were plentiful through the entire opening period but the first goal of the game came on an even-strength effort with just over five minutes to play. Kelly Seeler took feeds from Sarah Davis and Kelly Terry and put the hosts up 1-0 with 14:25 gone in the first. The penalty bug bit the Crimson minutes later as Minnesota doubled its lead on a Sarah Erickson power-play tally, giving the hosts a 2-0 lead after one.

A second power-play goal at 11:45 of the middle period gave the Gophers a 3-0 cushion as Mira Jalosuo picked up her second goal of the season. Minnesota pushed the score to 4-0 at 7:16 with Bethany Brausen registering her first score of the year. The Crimson finally broke through at the end of the second period as Buesser took feeds from Leanna Coskren and Katharine Chute and fired past Gopher goalie Noora Raty for her third goal of the season at 2:02. Harvard fired 19 shots to Minnesota's seven in the second stanza, but finished two periods of play down 4-1.

With just under three minutes remaining in the game, Buesser potted her second goal of the contest, bringing Harvard to within two at 4-2. Alisa Baumgartner and Josephine Pucci tallied assists on the final scoring play of the game. Raty earned the win, making 35 saves in goal, while Lauren Joarnt absorbed the loss for Harvard, making 10 saves in the game.  

Harvard next hits the ice Dec. 5 when it takes on city rival No. 6 Boston College at Conte Forum in a 2 p.m., non-conference showdown.