Late Harvard Goal Forces Overtime Tie With No. 5 Big Red

Late Harvard Goal Forces Overtime Tie With No. 5 Big Red

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 5 women's hockey emerged from the Bright-Landry Hockey Center with a 2-2 overtime draw against Harvard on Friday night. The Crimson forced the five-minute overtime period via an extra attacker goal with 56.1 seconds remaining in regulation.
 
The result extends Cornell's undefeated streak against Harvard to five straight games.
 
Kendra Nealey kick-started the efforts with an unassisted goal nine minutes and 25 seconds into the game. Nealey gained control of the puck at center ice and skated to the top of the near circle before sending in a shot that splashed into the back left corner of the net.
 
Brianna Veerman joined in on the fun, lighting the lamp with 3:43 left in the first period to push the team to a 2-0 lead. Following a save by Harvard's Becky Dutton, Veerman used her stick slide in the rebound near post to notch her second goal of the season.
 
Kristin O'Neill and Devon Facchinato both earned assists on the score. O'Neill's assistance now puts her on an eight-game point streak dating back to Jan. 9 at Syracuse.
 
Despite being in a 2-0 hole, Harvard kept itself alive with a goal late in the second frame. The Crimson's Keeley Moy struck from the slot to make it a 2-1 game.
 
With Dutton pulled from the net for an extra attacker, Harvard's Kat Hughes forced the game into overtime after going top shelf with 56.1 seconds remaining.
 
One minute into overtime, the Crimson had huge opportunity to put this one away with a golden goal as Hughes went one-on-one with Marlene Boissonnault, but Boissonnault came through with a huge split save to keep the game deadlocked.
 
The junior made 23 saves on the night while Dutton was forced to make 41.
 
Cornell dominated the game offensively, peppering the net with 43 shots in comparison to Harvard's 25. The team's top-ranked penalty kill unit was also in full force, keeping the Crimson 0-4 on the man advantage.
 
Another Ivy League foe awaits Cornell tomorrow as the squad travels to Dartmouth. The Big Red and the Big Green will face off at 3 p.m.