Laing and Hughes found the back of the net for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).
DURHAM, N.H. – Facing a non-conference opponent for the first time in 2016-17, Harvard women's hockey fell in overtime at New Hampshire, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Whittemore Center.
Junior Lexie Laing and freshman Kat Hughes scored for the Crimson (1-6-0), which tallied 42 shots in the contest. Senior Briana Mastel tied a career-high with two assists, while classmate Abbey Frazer and junior Haley Mullins also registered helpers in the game. Senior Molly Tissenbaum made 42 saves in goal, which marked her second-consecutive outing with at least 40 stops.
Harvard opened the scoring at 6:10 in the first period when Laing banged home a power play goal from the edge of the crease. Mullins circled the puck to Mastel, who fired a shot from the point that was saved by New Hampshire (4-10-0) goaltender Hillary Cashin. Laing potted the rebound for her second goal of the season.
New Hampshire leveled the score, 1-1, in the second period after a goal from Jonna Curtis at 13:55. Julia Fedesky was credited an assist on the play.
Hughes notched her first-career goal in the third frame, shooting the puck past Cashin on the power play at 10:15 in the period. Mastel and Frazer swung the puck up the ice to the freshman, who was able to wrist it through a crowd of skaters and across the goal line.
The Wildcats responded with a goal at 16:19 in the third off the stick of Amy Schlagel, and Curtis scored the game-winning goal for New Hampshire with just under two minutes remaining of overtime.
Harvard kicks off a three-game homestand against Boston University on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.