(photo credit Gil Talbot)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With playoff seeds on the line, the Harvard women's hockey team (11-13-5, 9-9-4 ECAC Hockey) drew a 2-2 tie at Yale (8-18-3, 7-12-3 ECAC Hockey) on Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink. Having accumulated 22 conference points, the Crimson finished the regular season tied for sixth in the league with Quinnipiac.
Becca Gilmore and Kat Hughes kept the offense afloat with a goal apiece today while Lindsay Reed put up another solid performance with 37 saves in net. The Bulldogs maintained a steady shot advantage, finishing the contest with 39 attempts to Harvard's 16.
Harvard struck first off the stick of Becca Gilmore when the sophomore winger clipped a Kaitlin Tse shot from the point at 8:28 of the first period. Early in the second the Bulldogs would tie the game on a wrister from the point at 2:58. The Crimson didn't stay quiet for long, taking back the lead less than two minutes later when Kat Hughes pushed in a feed from Lexie Laing behind the net at 4:36 of the middle frame. Shortly thereafter, the Bulldogs' Emma Seitz went bar down from the top of the left circle to even the score at two just 5:58 into the second period.
Despite a combined 25 shots through the remainder of regulation and the overtime period, neither team was able to regain the lead, leaving the contest as a tie to close out regular season action.
- Harvard has now played three consecutive overtime games. The last time the Crimson needed extra time in three-straight was November 2014.
- Just one penalty was assessed the entire game, a tripping call on Yale midway through the second period.
- Harvard has tied its single season record with five contests ending in draws. The Crimson has only ended the season with five ties two other times in program history.
For the third time in four years, Harvard will head to Colgate for the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals. ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals are a best of three series, and games are scheduled for Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 2 at 3 p.m. and if necessary, Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m.