Edney's goal with just under five minutes left propelled the Crimson to its 11 win this season. (Elan Kawesch)
STORRS, Conn. – The Harvard women's hockey team skated away with a 2-1 win at the University of Connecticut on Tuesday night in the Freitas Ice Forum, thanks to two timely third period goals. Within 20 seconds of each other, Elizabeth Parker and Sarah Edney turned things around, sparking the Crimson (11-1-2, 7-1-1 ECAC) to victory.
Harvard uncharacteristically gave up an early goal, this time when Kayla Campero buried the puck around the midway point of the first period. Using traffic in front of the crease, Campero squeaked one past freshman netminder Brianna Laing to go up 1-0.
For the next period and a half, the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Huskies, even though the Crimson outshot UConn, 18-5, in the second frame. Barely unable to capitalize on numerous chances, Harvard got things rolling with momentum late in the second.
Freshman Sydney Daniels nearly converted a strong chance on net, but the puck struck the pipe and fluttered away, keeping things at 1-0 in the home team's favor. Mary Parker followed up with another chance, but the pipes got in the way once again to keep Harvard off the board into the final period.
After a flurry of UConn shots on target in the opening minutes of the third, Harvard finally capitalized on its chances. Elizabeth Parker tied things up with a goal, tipping in a shot from sister Mary Parker at at 14:41. Just 20 ticks of the clock later, Sarah Edney converted a lengthy offensive run, giving Harvard the lead for the first time all game at 15:01.
Even with facing a 6-on-5 to close out the contest, the Harvard defense didn't budge down the stretch. The Crimson held on to the 2-1 win, moving to 4-0-1 against the Hockey East this season. In total, Harvard outshot UConn, 33-25, while Laing earned her third win of the season after the 24-save effort.