Harvard got an early goal, but the Crimson and Eagles skated to a 1-1 tie on Saturday. (Photo: Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In front of the third-largest home crowd in Harvard women's hockey history, the No. 4/5 Crimson battled to a 1-1 stalemate after 65 minutes of back-and-forth with its crosstown rival No. 6/7 Boston College on Saturday in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
In one of the more physical and engaging games of the season, both the Crimson (9-1-2, 7-1-1 ECAC) and Eagles (12-4-2, 7-1-0 WHEA) combined for 88 shots by the end of overtime, the most Harvard has seen all season. Sophomore goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer registered a career-high with 51 saves, breaking her previous mark of 44 set earlier this season.
For the fifth consecutive game, Miye D'Oench found the back of the net for the Crimson, doing so just 3:22 into the contest. The sophomore came out of the corner with the puck in traffic and was able to find her way to the left side of the net and bury the puck right through the pads of Eagle goalie Corinne Boyles to give Harvard a 1-0 cushion.
From there, a bout of old time hockey ensued. Each side received its fair share of opportunities, but no one was able to convert. Both Maschmeyer and Boyles fended off shot after shot, while much of the play in the neutral zone was physical and aggressive, both accumulating a total of five penalties through the first two periods.
As the final period waned on, BC chose to pull Boyles with 1:51 remaining, but it didn't take long to make good with the extra skater on the ice. At the 18:33 mark, just 20 seconds later, Emily Pfalzer connected, sliding the puck across into the net in desperation, eventually forcing over time.
In just five minutes of the extra frame, Harvard equaled its shot total from the third period (seven), even reeling off three in the last 30 seconds, but was unable to convert for its 10th win of the year.
Harvard will enjoy a month-long hiatus before returning to the ice in Fenway Park to open up the winter semester against Northeastern on Jan. 2. The appearance in the Frozen Fenway will be the first for the program.
The 1,729 fans in attendance tonight was the third-highest in program history for a home contest … With the tie, the Crimson moves to 9-1-2 on the year and stays unbeaten for the ninth contest in a row (7-0-2) … Maschmeyer's 51 saves is the third-most in program history for Harvard, and the most since 2007 (67 – Brittany Martin vs. Wisconsin) … Miye D'Oench (career-best five-game point/goal streak) leads the Crimson with seven goals and 12 points (7-5-12).