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Harvard Comeback Stuns Women's Hockey in OT

By Daniel Wang
Associate Sports Editor

With 2 minutes 48 seconds remaining in the third period and a 53 lead, the women's ice hockey team seemed to have its contest with Harvard Business School. But the opponents pulled off a remarkable last-minute comeback to force a sudden-death overtime, then went on to win the game, defeating the Engineers in a 6-5 thriller. As a result, the Engineers now have a season record of 11-7-1.

MIT took the early lead, but the game remained in a deadlock at the end of each period. Tina Hameenantilla '94 started things off by scoring an unassisted goal with 14:50 left in the period. Harvard tied the game, but Erika Hanley '95 put the Engineers back on top with a goal at 7:08. The lead did not last for long, however, as the opponents in white and crimson scored again. At the first intermission, the score was tied, 22.

Although they had numerous opportunities to score, both teams remained scoreless throughout the second period. Then, with 3:05 remaining, Diane Dimassa G found an opening, fired, and scored, breaking the tie to put MIT up again. Unfortunately, Harvard responded two minutes later, as a backhanded shot passed by MIT goalie Kirsten Domingo '93 and into the net.

Early in the third period, Yoli Leung '94 helped MIT regain the lead by scoring off of assists from Dimassa and Aradhana Narula G with 17:38 left in regulation to make the score 43. There were some very close calls on the MIT side of the rink when Harvard shots were either stopped or barely missed the goal.

With help from Susie Wee G and Ellen Gonzales '94, Jill Depto '97 seemed to have added an insurance goal by scoring with 2:42 remaining in the third period. Depto took a spill, causing action to be stopped for a few minutes, but was able to get herself up.

Harvard Business School started its comeback by scoring exactly a minute after Depto's goal. Misfortunes then fell on the Engineers seconds later, when Wee was assessed a penalty. With the one-player advantage, Harvard players rebounded from a missed shot to score, tying the game, 55 with 32 seconds left in regulation.

The action was fast and furious in the five-minute sudden-death overtime period, but the Engineers simply couldn't find an opening. However, Harvard did, with less than 2:30 left and placed the puck past Domingo. Domingo had made 18 saves in the game, but was not able to save the shot that counted the most.

After the game, captain Carol Boudreau commented about her players, "They worked hard. It's too bad that they lost. [The game] kinda slipped away." Boudreau also noted that many members of the team started playing ice hockey this season, and have made considerable progress.

The team's final game took place against Amherst College last night.