Junior right wing Liza Solley, shown in earlier action, scored in the third period to finish off a three-point performance and give the Crimson some breathing room. She had contributed an assist just two minutes earlier.
The first 31 seconds of any athletic contest don’t usually give a great deal of insight into the game’s final outcome.
That’s a very good thing for the Harvard women’s hockey team.
it took just over half a minute for Connecticut to net its first goal
against the Crimson(7-4-2, 4-2-2 ECAC), Harvard battled back to beat
the Huskies (5-12-0, 4-4-0 Hockey East) by a score of 3-1 last night at
Bright Hockey Center.
“I thought, ‘Oh God, it’s going to be
one of those days,’” Crimson coach Katey Stone said. “We were just a
little unprepared in the beginning, but then we battled back.”
Harvard completely dominated the shot battle, putting 41 shots on goal compared to just 15 for UConn.
was one of our goals for the game,” said junior left wing Jennifer
Sifers, who scored two points against the Huskies. “We succeeded, we
don’t always do that, and it was a big accomplishment.”
power play goal from sophomore left wing Laura Brady 5:47 into the
third period put the Crimson up 2-1, giving the team its first lead of
the game—a lead it would never relinquish. Sifers and junior right wing
Liza Solley, who finished with three points against UConn, assisted on
The third point from Solley came on a goal just
over two minutes after the Brady score, which was assisted by freshman
center Jenny Brine and freshman right defense Nora Sluzas, who assisted
on two of the Crimson’s goals on the evening.
A goal from
Jaclyn Hawkins on the first shot of the game gave the Huskies a 1-0
lead, but Harvard battled back to tie the score at one less than five
minutes later on a put back in front of the net by Sifers.
It was partly thanks to the defense, however, that the offense got so many chances.
did a nice job in our neutral zone, and defensively, we shot down their
chances,” Stone said. “We played really hard for 60 minutes, and that’s
probably the reason [the shot discrepancy] was so lopsided.”
the first shot and score, senior goaltender Ali Boe had to make only
four saves, compared to 14 shots on goal from the Crimson in the
opening period. The majority of the frame was spent in the UConn zone,
until a late slashing penalty by freshman right wing Sarah Wilson gave
the Huskies a power play and put some much-needed pressure on Boe, who,
despite the early miscue, played a strong game in net.
caught us way off guard, because we came into this game really mentally
prepared,” Sifers said. “It was a bad thing because, obviously, they
scored, but it was a good thing because it kind of woke us up.”
were just a little unprepared at the beginning,” Stone agreed. “But it
was early enough in the game where you just know you’re going to keep
coming at them.”
Although the majority of the first period
came and went without penalty, a body check transgression by UConn 1:30
into the second frame gave Harvard a power play it could enjoy for
exactly 13 seconds—the amount of time before freshman right defense
Kati Vaughn’s penalty for elbowing wiped away the Crimson’s advantage.
saw a number of full strength opportunities during that second period,
too, failing to capitalize while still out-shooting the Huskies 11-5. A
scoreless second period held the score at 1-1 heading into the final 20
The trend of the game—the Crimson’s inability to
create points despite dominating on the offensive end—was something the
Crimson had not had much trouble with in recent contests, scoring 13
goals in its previous two outings, both shutouts of Union. In those two
contests, 14 different players scored at least one point, while ten of
them came away from the two-game sweep with a goal.
didn’t put on the offensive clinic that it did in its last two, but it
did enough to earn the victory, the team’s fourth in a row overall—a
season best—as well as their fourth consecutive win against
Next up is the fourth of five straight home games today against New Hampshire at 7 p.m.
have all the pressure on them,” Stone said. “We’re just going to play
like the underdogs, be hungry, and do all the little things well, and
hopefully it will be a great game.”
“We’re ready to take them on,” Sifers said. “We’re totally ready and totally confident going into this game.”