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HAMDEN, Conn. – In front of a season-high crowd of 721 from High Point Solutions Arena, the No. 9 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team picked up a 2-2 tie against No. 3/5 and the ECAC Hockey's first place Harvard Crimson. Junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) proved vital in the Bobcats picking up a crucial point in the conference standings with two points (one goal, one assist) on two Quinnipiac goals. The decision on Saturday marks the highest-ranked opponent Quinnipiac has tied in their program history while they also break up Harvard's season-high five game winning streak. The Bobcats' nation-leading seventh tie of the season moves them to 17-4-7 (8-3-5 ECAC Hockey) while the Crimson remain in first place in the conference at 17-2-3 (13-2-2 ECAC Hockey).
Darkangelo picked up two points on the afternoon to move her career-high point streak to four games as well as tallying her team-leading 17th goal of the season. Freshman Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) picked up the second Quinnipiac goal of the afternoon, good for her 10th of the season and second in as many games this weekend. Junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) stood tall in net all afternoon, making 24 saves against a steady pressure offense from the Crimson.
The tie for Quinnipiac is just the second ever for the Bobcats in 18 all-time meetings against the Crimson and first since Jan. 7, 2012 (four games ago). Now through more than two-thirds of the 2013-14 ECAC Hockey slate, the Bobcats sit in fourth place with 21 points, four behind Cornell for third place and two points ahead of St. Lawrence who currently sits in fifth.
After both sides skated through a scoreless first period, Darkangelo lit the lamp first with a goal at 5:34 in the second. Senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) worked her way through a host of Crimson defenders in the neutral zone, skated to the far side faceoff dot and twirled around to set up a forehand wrister. Harvard goalie Emerance Maschmeyer (30 saves) made the initial stop but the rebound was left out front for Darkangelo who knocked home her 17th tally of the season. Babstock notched an assist on the play for her 102nd career helper as her team continues their unbeaten streak when she records a point (15-0-3) this season.
More than five minutes later, the Crimson answered back with a goal from Miye D'Oench with assists going to Marissa Gedman and Hillary Crowe. Gedman made the play happen with a crossing pass through the slot to an open D'Oench whose one-timer beat Laden trying to make a sprawling post-to-post save.
For the second consecutive game, the Bobcats picked up a goal with less and two minutes to play as Woods knocked home her 10th of the season. The combination of Woods and Darkangelo passed back-and-forth in their defensive end before heading up-ice for a transition opportunity. Darkangelo possessed deep into the Harvard zone before centering to Woods who was able to get enough on the shot to beat Maschmeyer low and give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.
Laden and the Bobcat defense stood up against the Crimson offense for the first 12 minutes of the third before Mary Parker banged home a loose puck in the crease to knot the score at 2-2.
Both teams skated through a scoreless final eight minutes of regulation and five minutes of overtime before the final horn sounded. For the 27th time out of 28 games this season, the Bobcats outshot their opponent as Quinnipiac owned a 32-26 shot advantage over a Top 5 ranked team in Harvard.
The Bobcats return to action next weekend on the road with a crucial conference series against No. 4/5 Clarkson and St. Lawrence.
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