Josephine Pucci netted a goal for Harvard against BC Sunday (Gil Talbot).
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – A hat-trick by Boston College's Kelli Stack proved to be the difference as the Harvard women's ice hockey team dropped a 6-2 decision to the Eagles Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum. Boston College represented Harvard's fifth-straight ranked opponent and the Crimson ends the stretch with a 2-3 record.
Harvard (4-5-2, 4-2-2 ECAC) tested Boston College (11-2-4, 6-1-2 Hockey East) goalie Molly Schaus early with a variety of shots but the senior was up to the task through the first half of the period. The hosts jumped on the board first, thanks Kelli Stack's 19th goal of the season at the 7:51 mark with Jessica Martino and Danielle Welch picking up assists. The Crimson was unable to convert on a power-play soon after but was able to solve Schaus at even strength with just less than four minutes to play. Leanna Coskren found Kate Buesser on the doorstep and Buesser slotted home the puck to knot the score at 1-1. BC ended the period on the power-play but Harvard goalie Laura Bellamy shut the door to keep the score tied after one.
The hosts imposed their will throughout the second period, netting three goals in the period to take a 4-1 lead after two stanzas. Stack registered her second goal of the game 5:30 into the second and then Mary Restuccia picked off a pass in the Harvard defensive zone and winged a shot up over Bellamy's glove hand shoulder. Stack completed the hat trick at 12:44 of the middle period with some fancy stick handling in front of the Harvard net. Melissa Bizzari assisted on both of Stack's goals in the period.
Stack assisted on BC's fifth goal, scored by Bizzari, less than three minutes into the third, but Harvard got one back on the power-play to make the score 5-2. Katharine Chute slid the puck to Coskren and Coskren passed to a wide-open Josephine Pucci who one-timed a rocket past Schaus at the 15:22 mark of third. BC's Meagan Mangen finished the scoring with a goal at 13:02 of the third. Harvard finished with a 27-18 edge in shots for the game while Bellamy had 12 saves and Schaus had 25.
Harvard wraps up its road stretch Dec. 9 when it travels to Durham, N.H., to take on New Hampshire in a 7 p.m., showdown at the Whittemore Center.