CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (2/25/12) - The Princeton women's hockey team outshot Harvard for the second straight game but came up a goal short as the Crimson scored at 17:59 of the 20-minute overtime to win the game 4-3 and the ECAC tournament quarterfinal series.
Sophomore Sally Butler scored an extra-attacker goal with 1:04 remaining in regulation to force the overtime. Butler dug out a loose puck and pushed it past goalie Laura Bellamy for the score. Sophomore Denna Laing and senior Heather Landry earned assists on the goal that was reviewed and upheld by the officials.
Marissa Gedman would end Princeton's season with a one-timer with 2:01 remaining in overtime. Samantha Reber was deep and sent it down to Jillian Dempsey at the extended red. Dempsey feed Gedman and she fired through traffic and a screened Rachel Weber for the game winner.
Princeton started the game with a bang, with a 15-7 shot differential in the first period and taking the early lead with a short-handed goal. Landry deked a handful of Harvard defenders on her way to the goal and fired past Bellamy for the unassisted shortie at 6:38.
Harvard responded with its own short-handed goal at 13:09 on a solo effort by Jillian Dempsey.
The Tigers regained the lead at 3:09 in the second when junior Kelly Cooke took advantage of a rebound by Danielle DiCesare after getting a feed from Rose Alleva.
Dempsey once again would answer to tie the game at 13:41 when she stuffed in a loose puck on a scrum in front of the Tigers' cage.
Harvard would take its first lead of the game at 16:34 of the third on a power-play goal from Dempsey, with Sarah Edney and Reber getting the assists.
Princeton pulled netminder Weber with less than two minutes to play and Butler would capitalize.
Princeton's best chance in the overtime period came at the end of the lone penalty of the period. Landry broke out of the box and collected a pass and went straight at Bellamy. Bellamy thwarted the effort to keep the overtime moving. Laing also tested Bellamy with a great look from up close right off a draw.
Weber made 31 saves in her final game as a Tiger. Bellamy had to make a season-high 33 saves for the Crimson.
Princeton concludes the season with a 12-15-4 overall record.