Zarzecki broke free for the game-winning goal at the start of the third period (Gil Talbot).
HAMILTON, N.Y. – Playing in a contest with pivotal ramifications towards gaining home-ice advantage in the ECAC Hockey playoffs, Harvard women's hockey tallied a hard-fought victory over No. 10/10 Colgate, 3-2, at Starr Arena Friday night. The win marks Harvard's 15th in-a-row against the Raiders.
Freshman Grace Zarzecki netted her third-career game-winning goal for Harvard (16-9-3, 12-6-3 ECAC Hockey), outskating Colgate (19-7-7, 11-5-5 ECAC Hockey) to score on a breakaway. Senior Miye D'Oench and junior Sydney Daniels also found the back of the net, while sophomore Karly Heffernan dished a pair of assists. Senior Emerance Maschmeyer tallied 25 saves in goal to pick up the victory.
D'Oench opened the scoring at 15:31 in the first period, scoring as she fell to the ice to give Harvard a 1-0 lead. Senior Michelle Picard played the puck to Heffernan to kick off a 2-v-1 break, and Heffernan slid the puck to D'Oench who lifted it into the top corner as she was being hooked by a Raiders' defenseman. The goal was the 14th score of the year for D'Oench, while Heffernan and Picard picked up their 14th and ninth assists, respectively.
Less than two minutes later, Daniels netted a power play goal to extend the advantage to 2-0. Following passes from Heffernan and freshman Kaitlin Tse, Daniels circled the Colgate penalty kill unit and beat the goaltender from the left faceoff circle. The score was Daniels' team-leading 16th of the season, while Tse added her seventh assist. Heffernan's assist was her second of the game and 15th of the year.
The Raiders fought back to even the score at 2-2 with a pair of goals off the stick of Annika Zalewski. Lauren Wildfang assisted the first goal while Jessie Eldridge and Shae Labbe were credited helpers on the second.
Just 1:54 into the third period, Harvard regained the lead after a breakaway goal from Zarzecki. The freshman swiped the puck at the Crimson blue line and carried it the length of the ice before deking past Ashlynne Rando and finishing smoothly with the backhand. The score was unassisted, and Zarzecki's ninth of the year.
Harvard concludes the 2015-16 regular season at Cornell on Saturday, Feb. 20, where it will have a chance to lock up home-ice advantage in the first round of the ECAC Hockey playoffs. The 4 p.m. puck drop will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.