Two quick goals to open the third period helped the St. Lawrence women's hockey team erase an early two-goal deficit, but it wouldn't be enough to top No. 6 Harvard at the Bright Landry Hockey Center Saturday afternoon, as the Saints fell 5-2.
"We showed a ton of heart after we went down 2-0," Head Coach Chris Wells said. "From that point on we played some great hockey. We were able to get almost 50 shots on net including a penalty shot to tie the game."
The Saints (11-17-3, 10-7-3 ECAC Hockey) outshot Harvard (20-4-3, 15-3-2 ECAC Hockey) 49-34 in the contest, including 22 shots in the third period and a penalty shot attempt by junior Kayla Raniwsky with just under six minutes remaining in regulation. The Windsor, Ontario native tried was stopped by Crimson netminder Emerance Maschmeyer.
Harvard opened up a two-goal lead midway through the first period with goals by Sarah Edney and Hillary Crowe. Edney beat goaltender Carmen MacDonald on the power play with one timer from the slot under the blocker.
For the second goal, the Crimson capitalized on a Saints turnover and fed Crowe in front, who beat MacDonald with a wrist shot low, on the glove side.
The score would remain 2-0 in favor of the Crimson until the 1:30 mark of the third period when rookie Brooke Webster lit the lamp for the Saints with a power-play goal of her own to pull within one. Sophomores Jenna Marks and Kailee Heidersbach picked up assists on the play.
Moving the puck around the perimeter, Marks sent a pass to Heidersbach along the left half wall. Heidersbach found a lane and fired a shot on Maschmeyer, who made the initial stop, but Webster was waiting at the back door to tuck in the rebound.
Just 28 seconds later, junior Ellie Williams netted the game-tying goal when she buried the rebound off a Mel Desrochers slapshot from the point. Jessica Hon also picked up an assist on the play.
Harvard took a 3-2 lead at the 5:42 mark when Samantha Reber put a shot from the slot just under the crossbar to beat MacDonald. The Crimson added two empty-net goals within five seconds of each other in the final minute to earn the 5-2 win.
MacDonald finished with 29 saves for the Saints, while Webster and senior Rylee Smith each recorded a game-high seven shots on goal.
"It was a good game for us to see where we stand heading into the final weekend and playoffs," Wells said. "Some players are really starting to find their groove at the right time."
The Saints will return home to finish out the regular season while playing host to Union and RPI next weekend. They currently sit in fifth place in the ECAC Hockey standings; two points behind Quinnipiac.