Women’s Hockey Plays to 3-3 Tie with No. 7/7 Colgate in Overtime

Laing scored and dished an assist for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Hitting the ice for the final time before the calendar turns to January, Harvard women's hockey tallied a trio of third period goals in a 3-3 tie with No. 7/7 Colgate in overtime.  

Freshman Val Turgeon, and juniors Haley Mullins and Lexie Laing found the back of the net for the Crimson, whille senior Sydney Daniels, sophomore Kaitlin Tse and freshman Kat Hughes were credited with assists. Daniels and Laing tallied a team-high six shots.

Making her debut in a Harvard (1-9-1, 1-5-1 ECAC Hockey) uniform, freshman Beth Larcom made 41 total saves, including 10 apiece in the third period and overtime. The 41 stops marked the most for a Harvard netminder in their career debut dating back to at least 1999.

Colgate (15-2-2, 6-2-1 ECAC Hockey) took an early 1-0 lead after a score from Breanne Wilson-Bennett at 4:46 in the first period, and doubled its advantage at the start of the second after a second score from Wilson-Bennett.

Harvard outshot Colgate 15-9 in the second period, but did not break through with its opening goal until the six-minute mark in the third period after an unassisted score from Turgeon. The goal was her third of the season.

Just over two minutes later, Mullins found the puck in the slot after a pass from Tse and a shot from Daniels and wristed a shot past the netminder's stick side to level the score, 2-2. The goal was Mullins second of the year, while Daniels and Laing recorded their first and fourth assists, respectively.

The Crimson took the lead with 1:58 on the clock after Laing redirected the puck past the goaltender on the feed from Hughes. Laing's third goal of the year gave Harvard a 3-2 advantage.

Colgate pulled its goalie with just under a minute left to play, and a long Crimson attempt at an empty netter hit off the post with a chance to seal the game. Colgate worked its way back down the ice and scored the game-tying goal with 21 seconds to go, sending Harvard to its fifth overtime game of the season, and its third overtime contest against a ranked opponent.

Larcom made 10 saves in the extra period, while a quartet of Crimson peppered the netminder with shots in overtime. Unable to score after five additional minutes, the horn rang to send Harvard to its first tie of the season.

Harvard continues its five-game stretch away from Bright-Landry Hockey Center Jan. 6-7 when it heads to ECAC Hockey foes Quinnipiac and Princeton. The Crimson will wrap up the sequence at Fenway Park against Boston College Jan. 10.