POTSDAM, N.Y. – The Harvard women's hockey team (13-14-2, 10-10-2 ECAC) dropped its regular season finale to No. 2/2 Clarkson on Saturday afternoon by a 3-1 decision. Bradley Fusco scored the lone goal for Harvard, with help from Ali Peper and Haley Mullins to deny the shutout.
Just 17 seconds into the game, Clarkson lit the lamp and never looked back. Before the mid-point of the second period, the Golden Knights would score two more unanswered goals before Bradley Fusco broke Harvard's silence just after the halfway point. Neither team would find the back of the net in the third, ending the game at 3-1 Clarkson.
Despite the score, Harvard's defense had a standout game, with 17 blocked shots, led by Emma Buckles who blocked five. The Crimson PK also killed off all four chances for the Clarkson power-play, which is second best in the country. Beth Larcom made 27 saves in net.
- The Golden Knights scored just 17 seconds into the opening frame to take an early 1-0 lead. After Amanda Titus recovered the puck behind the Crimson net, she sent it to Lauren Lefler skating through the slot. Lefler fed the puck to Savannah Harmon who positioned herself between the circles for a shot that clipped Larcom's glove en route to the back of the net.
- Clarkson made it 2-0 when it came three-on-two into Harvard's zone and Kelly Mariani chipped one in from the right of the crease at 2:54 of the second period.
- After a Harvard attempt, the Golden Knights gained possession and tossed the puck through the d-zone before Lauren Lefler sent a stretch pass to Loren Gabel through the neutral zone where Gabel approached the Harvard net and extended Clarkson's lead to 3-0 at 7:57 of the second.
- Bradley Fusco would deny Clarkson a shutout at 12:03 of the second period. After Haley Mullins picked the puck off the right dashers in the Harvard zone, she carried the puck into Clarkson's zone and attempted a shot that bounced off Ali Peper's skate and back to Fusco in the right circle. Fusco rifled a shot that sailed into the net to put the Crimson on the board midway through the second period.
The Harvard Crimson is set to play in the 2018 ECAC Hockey tournament quarterfinals next weekend at No. 3/4 Colgate. Games are scheduled for Friday-Sunday, February 23-25 at 6 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively. The tournament follows a best of three format for the opening round, Sunday being designated an "if necessary" contest.