Harvard dropped its first game of the year, but not without a fight. (Elan Kawesch)
CANTON, N.Y. – Though the No. 4/4 Harvard women's hockey team rallied from down 4-2 to St. Lawrence on Saturday afternoon, the Crimson ultimately found itself on the wrong end of a wild, 5-4 overtime thriller versus St. Lawrence in Appleton Arena. Harvard moves to 2-2-1 (2-2-1 ECAC) after the loss, while the Saints improve to 6-5-1 (3-2-0 ECAC) with their four-point weekend.
Miye D'Oench registered her fifth goal in as many games on the evening, tying things up at 4-4 with less than two minutes to go in the third. Samantha Reber Sydney Daniels and Hillary Crowe also found the back of the net in style for Harvard in the heartbreaking loss. D'Oench and Reber each tallied a goal and an assist on the night, while Crowe added a pair of assists to the cause. In net, Emerance Maschmeyer turned aside 16 shots for the Crimson
Though Harvard's penalty kill unit has been strong to start the year, the Saints edged a score with the man advantage just 5:28 in the opening stanza. Not nine seconds later however, Reber slammed home her first of the year off the faceoff with Crowe on the assist to make it 1-1 just like that.
After a fair amount of back-and-forth play, Daniels converted on her second goal in the North Country at 15:16 on feeds from Lexie Laing and D'Oench to give the Crimson its first lead of the day. But the advantage wouldn't last for long as SLU got one back three two minutes later in the frame as Kennedy Marchment beat Maschmeyer to tie things up at 2-2 into the intermission.
The Saints came out on fire in the second, scoring twice before the midway point of the period as Brooke Webster and Jenna Marks picked up tallies at the six- and 11-minute marks, respectively, to push SLU's lead to 4-2 in a flash. With assists from Crowe and Reber, however, Marissa Gedman picked up her first goal of the year to cut the deficit to 4-3.
A quiet third period, one which included no penalties, nearly saw the Saints escape with a regulation win, but D'Oench had other plans. The junior got a nice feed from Reber, then sniped one high, blocker side into the left-hand side of the cage to knot things at 4-4.
But as soon as it began, the overtime period came to a close as Kayla Raniwsky buried the winner just 1:06 into the extra frame to vault the Saints to their 5-4 victory.
The Crimson return to action next Friday as Harvard travels to its nearest neighbor to take on Boston University at 2 p.m.