Mullins connected on her first career goal on Friday night. (Elan Kawesch)
POTSDAM, N.Y. – The No. 4/4 Harvard women's hockey team strutted out to a 2-0 lead over the defending national champion No. 7/7 Clarkson on Friday night, but the Golden Knights rallied to steal a point from the Crimson as the teams tussled to a 2-2 tie at Cheel Arena. Harvard improves to 2-0-1 (2-0-1 ECAC), while Clarkson moves to 8-3-1, (3-0-1 ECAC).
Freshman Haley Mullins registered the first goal of her career in the opening stanza, while Sydney Daniels made it 2-0 in the second off a Lexie Laing assist. Manning the pipes for the first time this season after missing the first weekend of play for the Four Nations Cup, junior netminder Emerance Maschmeyer gave a thorough effort, turning aside 25 Clarkson shots from all sides of the zone. The Crimson peppered Clarkson's freshman goalie, Shea Tiley with 23 shots, but were denies all but twice.
Mullins got things going very early for the Crimson, lighting the lamp just 1:25 into the contest off a terrific solo effort. Mullins gobbled up a poor Knight turnover at the blue line and raced in to beat Tiley glove side to give Harvard a 1-0 lead.
As the swift first period came to a close, with both teams combining for just 16 shots, Harvard's penalty kill unit was thoroughly tested. After a hooking penalty before the whistle blew to end the first, the Crimson picked up a five-minute major, giving Clarkson a short 5-on-3 and a lengthy power play following. The Crimson blue liners and Maschmeyer withstood the test, however, not allowing much of anything for the duration.
With the defense holding, Daniels seized an opportunity at the eight-minute mark. After being wrapped around by Laing, the puck squirted loose in front of the crease where Daniels was standing alone. The sophomore poked it in through the five-hole to vault the Crimson to a 2-0 lead. But the Knights got one back with just 35 seconds left before the intermission as Olivia Howe beat Maschmeyer to make it 2-1.
On its fifth power play of the night, Clarkson finally converted early in the third. Under three minutes in, Howe fed the puck to Renata Fast, who buried it to knot the game up at 2-2. From there a track-meet of a game progressed as stoppages came few and far between. After overtime was eminent, the Crimson defense was again at the ready. The Knights controlled much of the possession in the extra period, but key blocked shots from Mullins and Hillary Crowe prevented any further damage, allowing the Crimson to skate away with a point on the first night of its North Country visit.
Harvard hits the ice at 4 p.m. tomorrow, looking to take on a St. Lawrence team that just upended previously unbeaten No. 10 Dartmouth, 2-1.