No. 10/10 Women’s Hockey Clinches Postseason Home Ice with 3-2 OT Win Over Union

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The No. 10/10 Harvard women's hockey team (15-11-1, 14-5-1 ECAC Hockey) clinched home ice advantage for ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals with a 3-2 overtime win over Union (5-22-5, 5-12-3 ECAC Hockey) on Saturday afternoon. Becca Gilmore bookended the game with goals, scoring in the first two minutes of play, then netting the game winner with 1:59 on the clock in extra time. Keely Moy tallied a score on the power-play that gave the Crimson a 2-1 advantage early in the third. 

Becky Dutton improved to 5-1-0 this season between the pipes and classmate Kate Glover led all blueliners with five blocked shots. Harvard's offense lit up the scoreboard with 49 shots, Kat Hughes and Becca Gilmore registering eight while Kristin Della Rovere recorded seven on target. Della Rovere's assists on Moy's and Gilmore's goal extended her point streak to a career high seven games. 

Harvard took the lead early when Becca Gilmore scored for the second straight game at 1:53 of the first period. Both teams went scoreless in the second, the Crimson holding a 14-13 edge in shots. Union evened the score 27 seconds into the third period on a 5-on-3 power-play. Keely Moy answered right back, netting a power-play tally of her own just 16 seconds into the Crimson's opportunity at 2:52. After Union cashed in from the point to knot the score at 2-2, Harvard earned 1:11 of 4-on-3 play. After a lengthy review leading to a called back Crimson goal with 7:22 remaining in regulation, the Dutchwomen held off a flurry of shots to force extra time. At 3:01 of the overtime frame, Becca Gilmore scored the game-winner on a rocket from the slot.

Harvard Highlights

  • Becky Dutton improves to 5-1-0 this season.
  • Kristin Della Rovere is on a career-high point streak, having tallied at least a point in the last seven consecutive games.
  • Seven different players marked the scoresheet

Game Notes

  • Harvard has clinched home ice for the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
  • Kristin Della Rovere and Dominique Petrie are the first players to cross the 30-point threshold since Becca Gilmore totaled 35 points during her freshman season.
  • Gilmore and Della Rovere posted multi-point outings. 
  • After not having won an overtime since 2015, the Crimson is 2-0-1 in overtime games this season.

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Harvard will host the final weekend of the regular season against Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Saturday's contest against the Saints will serve as the annual "Light the Bright-Landry" game. As Harvard looks to break the Bright-Landry attendance record for a women's hockey game, fans will have opportunities to spin the prize wheel, participate in "Chuck-a-puck", play games, take home team posters and more! LED bracelets and foam sticks will also be distributed.