Cambridge, MA - After recording an overtime victory on Friday, the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team was looking for a four-point weekend away from the friendly confines of Cheel Arena, but Harvard University made sure that the Golden Knights would not make any more headway in the ECAC Hockey standings, as the Crimson held off the Green and Gold 3-2 Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Knights held firm with nine points in ECAC Hockey, moving to 7-13-3 overall and 4-6-1 in league contests. The Crimson improved to a game over .500 with an 8-7-2 record overall and a 7-3-2 league mark. Clarkson takes on Yale and Brown next weekend at Cheel Arena.
Harvard took little time to get on the scoreboard in the first period as Lyndsey Fry scored her fourth goal of the season at the 6:38 mark of the opening frame. The Crimson added a second goal in the following period, this time on the power play, when Marissa Gedman tallied midway through the frame for her sixth goal of the season. Harvard dominated the first 40 minutes, out shooting the Knights 24-7.
It wasn't until the third period that Clarkson challenged the Crimson, cutting Harvard's lead to a single goal early in the final stanza. Freshman Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) scored her second goal of the weekend and fourth of the season when she recorded her first collegiate power-play marker at 1:44 in the third period. Sophomore forward Danielle Skirrow (Trenton, ONT) picked up her first assist and seventh point of the season on the goal.
Though Harvard returned its edge to two goals midway through the third period on a Kate Buesser goal, Clarkson again made a game of it with a late score. Skating with an extra attacker, the Knights drew to within one on a Juana Baribeau (Amos, QUE) score in the final minute, with the assist going to Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT). Unfortunately, the Knights' late push was running out of time as the second goal came with only 27 seconds remaining.
Senior goaltender Lauren Dahm (Baldwinsville, NY) made 28 saves for the Knights in the losing effort, and the Crimson's Laura Bellamy stopped 14 shots. Harvard finished with a 31-16 advantage in shots, going 1-for-6 on the power play. Clarkson went 1-for-4 on the power play.