Last Ditch Effort Falls Short as Yale Tops Harvard 3-2

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Crimson power-play kept Harvard alive as the women's hockey team (8-11-1, 6-8-1 ECAC) fell to Yale (8-10-4, 6-7-2 ECAC) by a score of 3-2 on Friday night at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn. 

After a scoreless first period, the teams rattled off four goals in the second in a span of 10:50. Yale struck first on the power-play before Harvard answered back with its own Nikki Friesen power-play tally. With less than three minutes to go in the middle frame, the Bulldogs punched in back-to-back goals to put the hosts up 3-1 heading into the third period. A little more than halfway through the third, Emma Buckles scored her second career goal on the man-advantage to put Harvard within one with 8:04 on the clock. Despite a flurry of shots in the final seconds, the Crimson couldn't find its way past Gianna Meloni. 

Following 21 saves through the first two periods from Beth Larcom, freshman Becky Dutton shut out the Bulldogs during the third and Harvard successfully defended an empty net for the final 1:34 of regulation. The Crimson defense blocked 13 shots on goal, led by rookie Kate Glover, who had a game-high five blocks. 

For the third-time this season, the Crimson potted multiple power-play goals (2) and tied its highest single-game conversion rate (.500). Kat Hughes led all skaters on the ice with six shots on goal while Becca Gilmore dominated at the faceoff dot, winning 10 of 15 draws (.667). 

Goal Descriptions

  • Yale lit the lamp first at 8:17 of the middle frame. With Harvard in the penalty box, Yale's Julia Yetman and Jordan Chancellor brought the puck up the right side of the ice before feeding it to Greta Skarzynski at the point for a straight shot to put the hosts up 1-0.
  • Harvard made its own mark on the power-play less than three minutes later. Kaitlin Tse fired the puck to Ali Peper who was primed for a slap shot from the point. At the right corner of the net, Nikki Friesen was able to redirect the puck to the back of the net at 8:58 of the second.
  • After juggling for possession heading towards the Harvard goal, Yale's Tess Dettling was able to poke the puck in from inside the crease at 17:45 of the penultimate period.
  • Just 22 seconds later, Yale's Lauren Moriyama would win a faceoff back to Emma Vlasic at the point who rifled a shot past Larcom at 18:07 of the second period, putting the Bulldogs up 3-1 with 20 minutes remaining.
  • Eight seconds after Yale was called for cross-checking, Emma Buckles put the Crimson within one on her first career power-play score. After winning an o-zone faceoff, Becca Gilmore got the puck on the goal line to the left of the net and sent it to Haley Mullins in the slot where she ripped a shot point-blank and Gianna Meloni. After Meloni was unable to secure the puck, Emma Buckles came flying into the crease to chip in the rebound in the right corner at 11:56 of the final period. 

What's Next?
The Crimson will face its second Ivy League opponent in two days tomorrow afternoon in a 3 p.m. matchup against Brown. The game will be played on Brown's campus at Meehan Auditorium and will be streamed on the Ivy League Network.