Zarzecki tallied her eighth goal of the season, unassisted (Billie Weiss).
TROY, N.Y. – Skating in the first game of a back-to-back, Harvard women's hockey and Rensselaer tied, 1-1, on Friday night at Houston Field House.
Freshman Grace Zarzecki netted the game-tying goal for the Crimson in the second-period, as Harvard (14-9-3, 10-6-3 ECAC Hockey) outshot Rensselaer (9-14-6, 7-8-4 ECAC) by a large margin, 43-26. Emerance Maschmeyer tallied 25 saves in goal, and the Crimson defense held its opponent to two goals or fewer for the 21st time this season.
Harvard limited the Engineers to just four shots in the first period, but Rensselaer got on the board first at 5:04 in the second frame when Shayna Tomlinson tipped the puck across the line. Laura Horwood and Alexa Gruschow were credited with assists on the play.
The Crimson evened the score at 1-1 at 15:06 in the second frame when Zarzecki flung the puck into the top right corner. Sophomore Lexie Laing forced an errant Rensselaer pass from behind the Crimson net into the slot where the freshman was able to wrist home the goal. The score was Zarzecki's eighth of the season.
The game went to overtime after a scoreless third period, but the Crimson could not break through despite firing four shots on goal in the extra frame. The Crimson is now 11-2-2 on the season when a freshman tallies a point, and remains unbeaten in the last six contests with the Engineers.
Harvard returns to the ice on Saturday, Feb. 13 for a 4 p.m. puck drop with Union. The game will be broadcast on UnionAthletics.tv.