(photo credit Gil Talbot)
MADISON, Wis. – In front of a sold out crowd at LaBahn Arena, the Harvard women's hockey team (2-4-1) put forth an incredible effort to hold No. 1/1 Wisconsin (14-1-0) to a one-goal, overtime game on Friday night in Madison. The Crimson was setback 3-2 but proved itself competitive with the top team in the nation. Despite the loss, Harvard held the hosts scoreless for two-plus periods and led in faceoffs and blocked shots.
In net, Lindsay Reed recorded 47 saves on the night, two short of her career high and the second time this season with 40 or more saves in a single game. Harvard held an advantage in faceoffs over Wisconsin, winning 32 of 62 draws at the dot, led by Lexie Laing who won 16 of her 25 attempts. The Crimson also showed its prowess on defense, blocking 19 shots to the Badgers' eight.
The teams wasted no time, starting the scoring early as they combined for three goals in the opening frame. Kristin Della Rovere lit the lamp first, putting Harvard on the board with a power-play snipe from the left dot at 3:27. Wisconsin responded less than four minutes later with a shorthanded tally at 7:13 to knot the score at one. At 12:28 Presley Norby caught a clip out front to put the Badgers up 2-1 heading into the intermission.
The score remained 2-1 through the second, Reed adding 14 saves for a two-period total of 27. The Crimson managed another seven shots on goal and blocked seven Badger attempts.
Again in the third period, the Crimson kept the Badgers off the scoreboard and with 1:12 on the clock Lexie Laing fired a shot to tie the game at two and force the overtime period. Unfortunately, with 1:54 remaining in OT, Wisconsin picked off the puck and secured the win in game one.
- Lindsay Reed made 47 saves in net, two short of her career high.
- Lexie Laing, Kristin Della Rovere, Kat Hughes and Kaitlin Tse have each tallied points in the last two contests.
- Harvard blocked 19 shots to Wisconsin's eight.
- Lexie Laing led the Crimson at the faceoff dot going 16 for 25 while Harvard held a 32-30 advantage overall.
Harvard will return to LaBahn Arena tomorrow night, Nov. 24, to close out the series with No. 1/1 Wisconsin. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on Big Ten Network Plus and FloHockey.