(photo credit Gil Talbot)
MADISON, Wis. – For the second night in a row, the Harvard women's hockey team (2-5-1) proved it belongs with the big dogs as it took No. 1/1 Wisconsin (15-1-0) to overtime after skating to a 1-1 draw in regulation. Senior captain Kate Hallett denied the Badgers a shutout at 5:58 of the third period and Lindsay Reed stopped 38 of 40 shots on target before the Badgers cashed in on a power play with 23.7 seconds on the clock to claim the win.
The two games against Harvard were Wisconsin's first sight of overtime this season, in front of sell out crowds at LaBahn Arena.
The Crimson kept the top-ranked Badgers off the scoreboard until 6:18 of the second period when the hosts made quick work of a faceoff win, chipping the puck in from the top of the crease. Harvard continued to battle, as evidenced by 26 blocked shots on the night, and was able to break through the Wisconsin defense at 5:58 of the third, courtesy of Kate Hallett who netted a rebound off a Kristin Della Rovere shot that Campbell was unable to control.
At 2:55 of the overtime period, Wisconsin drew a penalty and shortly before the power play expired, Annie Pankowski slid the puck through Reed's five-hole for the OT win.
- The Crimson blocked 26 shots, led by Ali Peper with seven. The Badgers managed to block just 10 Harvard attempts.
- Kate Hallett recorded her first goal of the season, sixth career, at 5:58 of the third.
- Lindsay Reed made 38 saves between the pipes.
- Becca Gilmore registered a team high four shots on goal.
- Harvard is the first program to take Wisconsin to overtime this season.
- Including the two against Harvard, just five of Wisconsin's 15 wins have been by a one-goal margin.
- Kristin Della Rovere is on a three-game point streak, going 1-4-5 in three games this week.
- Wisconsin has only been held to two goals or less two other times this season.
The Crimson returns home to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center on Friday, Nov. 30 to take on Rensselaer at 3:30 p.m.