The Crimson (14-9-2, 7-4-2 ECAC North) fired only 23 shots on Saints’ sophomore goaltender Rachel Barrie on Friday night, but scored five times en route to a 5-3 victory.
Barrie played up to her reputation as the ECAC’s top goalie on Saturday, stopping 31 shots in a 2-2 tie.
Entering the weekend doubleheader, St. Lawrence (17-8-4, 9-2-1) stood in second place in the ECAC with 18 points. The Crimson nonetheless outgunned the Saints facing a subpar Barrie, and then nearly defeated Barrie at her best the next day.
With the three points from the victory and the tie, Harvard remains in fifth place at 16—two behind fourth place Princeton and four behind first-place Dartmouth.
Harvard 2, St. Lawrence 2 (OT)
Trailing 2-0 against the sensational Rachel Barrie in the third period on Saturday, the Crimson began to mount its comeback.
The Crimson finally cut the lead to one with eight minutes to play. Junior center Kalen Ingram cut in on the left side and passed it to Corriero, who couldn’t get a good shot off. Instead, Corriero was able to send the puck back to junior defenseman Pamela Van Reesema, who rifled it through Barrie’s legs for the goal.
Harvard put the pressure on in the closing minutes of the third period, but failed to score on a power play in the last three minutes. With the final seconds of regulation ticking away and Kuusisto on the bench, Van Reesema, junior forward Tracy Catlin and sophomore forward Mina Pell were all denied.
But with twelve seconds to play, Corriero got the puck at the point and fired a shot, beating Barrie top shelf for the goal. Pell and Catlin were credited with assists.
In overtime, each team took one shot, but it was Corriero who came the closest. Stealing the puck in the left corner of the St. Lawrence zone, she broke in from the corner alone on goal but was once again robbed by her former teammate.
Despite the tie and all the penalties in both games, the Crimson offense finally appeared to be clicking again.
“We had good chances,” said Harvard Coach Katey Stone. “To have those kinds of clean looks, if [Barrie] robs us she robs us. We’re putting ourselves in the position to score and that means we’re moving well offensively.”
The Harvard offense was limited by six penalties in the first game, including three on Catlin, and five in the second. The penalty kill suffered with the absence of freshman Ashley Banfield on Saturday, who received a minor concussion in Friday’s game.
“They’re a physical team, but I’m disappointed in all the penalties, especially being a man down [in the second game],” Stone said. “We were tired and careless at times.”
Harvard couldn’t get on Barrie early as in Friday’s game, which enabled her to get back to her old self. She stopped all 10 Harvard shots in the first period.