Women’s Hockey Drops Heartbreaker in Overtime to Union, 3-2

Laing and Mullins found the back of the net for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Playing its seventh overtime contest in 15 outings, Harvard women's hockey dropped a heartbreaker to Union, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Juniors Lexie Laing and Haley Mullins scored for the Crimson (1-13-2, 1-8-2 ECAC Hockey), while sophomore Bradley Fusco and freshman Kat Hughes earned assists. The Crimson offense outshot Union by a wide margin, 42-21, in its highest shot total of the season. Senior Molly Tissenbaum made 18 saves between the pipes.

The Dutchwomen (4-20-0, 1-11-0 ECAC Hockey) got on the board first, striking on the power play at 2:37 in the first off the stick of Caitlyn McLaren. The goal gave Union a 1-0 lead, which marked just its second lead against Harvard in program history.

The Crimson got on the board later in the first period after Fusco found Hughes on the left side, who then threw a pass in front of goal to a waiting Laing for the score. The goal was Laing's fourth of the season, while Fusco and Hughes tallied their second and fourth helpers of the season.

Just ten seconds later Mullins won a faceoff and carried the puck down the ice and behind the net, where she fired a wraparound shot that made its way across the goal line. The unassisted tally was her third score of the year.

Union leveled the game, 2-2, after a deflection by Rachel de Perio found the back of the net. The game wound up going to overtime, where Union's Kate Laughlin was able to tap in a rebound for the game-winner.

Harvard returns to the ice on Tuesday, Jan. 17 against Dartmouth at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The 7 p.m. puck drop will be broadcast on NESN and the Ivy League Digital Network.