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Women's Hockey Set For Beantown Battle With No. 6/6 Boston College

Harvard will play its fifth consecutive game against a ranked opponent Sunday afternoon (Gil Talbot).

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The Particulars

The Crimson prepares for its fifth-straight game against a ranked opponent as it travels up the road to face No. 6/6 Boston College in a non-league matchup. The game marks Harvard's third non-conference contest of the season.  
 
Follow From Home
Harvard will provide live statistics for this weekend's game, all home games and most road contests this season.  Video and live stats links can be found on the women's hockey schedule on GoCrimson.com

Series History
Harvard and Boston College have met 45 times prior to tonight's matchup, making the Eagles the  team with the second-most appearences on the Crimson's schedule among non-conference schools. Harvard boasts a 36-9-0 series lead against BC, including a 5-0 win last season in the opening round of the Beanpot. Harvard also collected 17 straight wins over the Eagles between 1997 and 2005.     

And What a Game It Was
Harvard powered past Boston College, 5-0, in the opening round of the 2010 Beanpot at Bright Hockey Center, thanks to a noteworthy performance by tournament MVP Liza Ryabkina (Kharkiv, Ukraine). With the score even at 0-0, Ryabkina opened the scoring with a goal in the second period and exploded for three more in the third for the first four-goal game of her career. It marked the first time a Harvard player recorded four goals in a game since Sarah Vaillancourt '08-09 netted four against Cornell Feb. 13, 2009.

Last Time Out
Senior tri-captain Kate Buesser (Wolfeboro, N.H.) netted the final two goals of the game but the rally fell short as Harvard dropped a 4-2 decision to the No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers Sunday at Ridder Arena.

The Crimson finally broke through at the end of the second period as Buesser took feeds from Leanna Coskren (Walpole, Mass.) and Katharine Chute (Wayzata, Minn.) and fired past Gopher goalie Noora Raty for her third goal of the season at 2:02. Harvard fired 19 shots to Minnesota's seven in the second stanza, but finished two periods of play down 4-1.

With just under three minutes remaining in the game, Buesser potted her second goal of the contest, bringing Harvard to within two at 4-2. Alisa Baumgartner (West Vancouver, B.C.) and Josephine Pucci (Pearl River, N.Y.) tallied assists on the final scoring play of the game.

Keep 'Em Coming
The game against Boston College will be Harvard's fifth-straight contest against a ranked opponent. The Crimson is 2-3 in its five games against ranked foes this season, collecting a pair of wins in a home-and-home series with No. 9 Dartmouth. The Crimson fell to No. 7 Minnesota twice in its last two outings, and dropped a 3-0 deicision at then-No. 2 Cornell Nov. 5.    

Beanpot Battles
Even though Harvard and BC are in different conferences, they see plenty of each other thanks to the annual Beanpot Tournament. Harvard captured its 13th career Beanpot crown last season while BC has three tournament titles to its credit. Of the three Eagles' championships, two have come over the Crimson. In contrast, Harvard has toppled Boston College four times in the Beanpot title game.

Harvard Coach Katey Stone
Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Hockey, is in her 17th season as Harvard's head coach, and she holds a 343-148-29 career  record, the most all-time victories in Division I women's hockey. Stone has led Harvard to all eight of its NCAA tournament appearances and was named the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team in the summer of 2010.

Hold Your Fire
In 30 periods of regulation hockey so far this season, Harvard has only allowed double-digit shots nine times in a given period. Against Yale, Harvard limited the Bulldogs to 13 shots in the game including just three in the second period. Brown managed 15 total shots and fired just two on net in the second stanza. Harvard held Colgate to just two shots in the third period in a 3-1 win and also held Quinnipiac to just two shots in the third period of a 4-1 loss. The Crimson was outshot for the second time this season Nov. 20 at Dartmouth, but came away from Hanover, N.H., with a 3-2 victory.

Harvard has yet to allow more than 30 shots to an opposing team in a game this season. The Crimson is averaging 30.2 shots per game to its opponents' 22.2 and is outshooting its opponents 302-222 through 10 games. Harvard's 243 shots on goal on the season is the highest total in league play.

About Boston College
The Eagles are one of the hottest teams in the country entering the Harvard matchup, earning victories in three of their last four games and securing the No. 6 spot in both national polls. BC sits atop the powerful Hockey East conference, leading the league with 26 goals in conference action. Last weekend, the Eagles handed the state of New Hampshire a pair of losses, downing Dartmouth, 4-2, Friday night and defeating UNH, 3-1, the following afternoon.