The Dutchwomen shined defensively on senior day and were able to keep the Crimson from dominating the game. But, Harvard's goal in sudden death overtime proved to be all that was needed, as the Union College women's hockey team fell to #10 Harvard, 3-2, on Saturday's senior day. This game was the last game at Messa Rink for eight of the team's seniors, including Katelynn Russ, Cheyenne Harris, Jordi Naidrich, Haley Shugart, Amelia Murray, Kate Spooner, Rachel de Perio, and Ava Reynolds.
While Harvard was the first one to score, Union was able to get on the board twice in the third, to tie the game and force an overtime period against the nationally-ranked Crimson. Murray made her sixth start this season and saved 46 saves to keep the score close. With the overtime loss, the Dutchwomen fall to 5-22-5 on the season (5-12-3 ECAC), and will close out the season on the road.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- 1:53 1st (Harvard 1-0) | To start the game off, Harvard got on the board early. Brooke Jovanovich was able to find Becca Gilmore waiting in front of the net on the left side, and Gilmore was able to capitalize on a pivotal opportunity. Cecilie Ehrhard was credited with a secondary assist on the play.
- 0:27 3rd (Union 1-1) | Union was able to imitate what the Crimson did in the first, and score early. Reynolds and first-year Emily King were passing amongst themselves, and sophomore Grace Heiting was able to get a piece of it in the front, and score. Heiting's goal, her sixth of the season, was on a 5-on-3 power play.
- 2:52 3rd (Harvard 2-1) | The Dutchwomen were called for a penalty, and Harvard was able to get a power-play opportunity of their own. Kristin Della Rovere had the puck inside the right circle, dumped it around the boards to Dominique Petrie, who gave it to an open Keely Moy upfront.
- 10:32 3rd (Union 2-2) | Union didn't want to go into the last few minutes without a fight and were able to tie the game. Harris shot the puck toward the net to score, the puck got ahold of junior Megan Ryan's skate in front, and it went in to tie the game at two. First-year Carmen Merlo grabbed the secondary assist on the play.
- 3:01 OT (Harvard 3-2) | After regulation ended in a tie, the game was taken into OT. Della Rovere gave the puck to Gilmore, who scored her second of the game to give the Crimson the win.
- Harvard outshot the Dutchwomen, by a 49-24 margin. Union was able to have the advantage in the first period, 13-11.
- Murray had some great saves against the Crimson and saved 46 in net to keep the game close.
- Heiting and Russ both led the Dutchwomen in shots in the game, with three each.
- Both teams were 1 for 4 on the power play. Both teams scored a power-play goal in the third period, just two minutes apart.
- The Dutchwomen will end their regular season schedule on a road trip to Colgate and #1 Cornell next weekend, with game one scheduled on Friday, February 21 in Hamilton, N.Y. with a 6 p.m. puck drop.