Brown Edged By Harvard in Overtime

Brown Edged By Harvard in Overtime

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Brown women's hockey team played to overtime for the second-consecutive game but fell to Harvard, 3-2, on Saturday at Meehan Auditorium. The Crimson would capitalize on the Bears' only penalty of the contest with Kristin Della Rovere scoring a power-play goal at 2:55 of the extra period. 

The first period saw all of the regulation scoring with the two teams trading goals for a 2-2 tie. Sophomore Lizzy Gross (Scarborough, Maine) had Brown's (1-11-1, 1-6-1 ECAC) first goal while sophomore Mel Anderson (Plymouth, Mich.) had the Bears' second, her first career score. 

"It was a tough loss when I thought we worked hard all game," said head coach Carisa Zaban Wahlig.

Sophomore Hayley Kliczko (Niles, Ill.) finished the evening with 32 saves in net, her second game this season with 30 or more stops. She was tested early and turned away 15 shots in the first stanza. 

The contest's first three goals were scored in less than two minutes as Harvard (7-4-0, 7-0-0 ECAC) had the opening score at 3:58 (Keely Moy). Gross tied it up at 4:39 with her second of the season and Kat Hughes' goal at 5:23 put Harvard back on top, 2-1.

Anderson knotted the game again for Brown, connecting from the point at 10:21. Junior Abby Nearis (Beverly, Mass.) assisted the Bears' first goal while sophomore Shay Maloney (McHenry, Ill.) picked up the helper on Anderson 's tally, her second assist in as many days. 

Harvard held a 17-5 advantage in shots for the first while neither team was whistled for a penalty. 

No penalties were called on either team for the second consecutive period as each squad was held scoreless in the second with Bears holding the edge in shots, 9-6.  

Harvard was whistled for the first infraction of the matchup at 3:17 of the third. Brown generated two shots on the power play but the period would end with the score still tied, 2-2. 

The Bears' only penalty of the game came in overtime at 1:18 and Harvard would net the game winner at 2:55 from Della Rovere. The Crimson recorded the only shots of the extra period with all three of their shots coming on the power play. 

Brown next opens 2020 with a home ECAC series against St. Lawrence on Friday, Jan. 10 and No. 7 Clarkson on Saturday, Jan. 11. Friday's game will start at 6:00 p.m. while Saturday's puck drop is set for 3:00 p.m.