No. 7 Boston College Downs Women's Hockey in Beanpot Final, 3-1
Katherine Chute scored in the first period for the Crimson (photo courtesy Kevin Burns).
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Harvard women's hockey team hung with Boston College for the majority of the 33rd Women's Beanpot Championship, but two third period BC goals gave the Eagles a 3-1 victory over the Crimson. The win marks BC's fourth Beanpot title and second in the past three years.
Harvard had the first good scoring chances of the contest. Freshman Marissa Gedman fired a shot that deflected up in the air, the puck came loose and Liza Ryabkina missed by a few inches wide left on the rebound attempt. Two rushes later, Lyndsey Fry ripped a shot from the left the side that caromed off BC goaltender Molly Schaus. Kate Buesser recovered the rebound and fired a shot just over the net.
However, the Eagles would take the first lead of the game at 17:27 of the first period. Ashley Motherwell hit a streaking Caitlin Walsh at the red line where Walsh outskated two Crimson defenders and backhanded a shot through Bellamy's five-hole to give BC a 1-0 lead.
The Crimson responded only 12 seconds later with a tally of its own. Katherine Chute gathered the puck in the neutral zone, skated to the top of the right circle and wired a shot topshelf over Schaus' right shoulder to even the score at 1-1. Marissa Gedman and Bellamy were credited with assists on the goal.
Chute had the Crimson's first scoring opportunity of second period, one-timing a centering pass that Schaus stopped with the blocker a few minutes in. Motherwell responded with a BC opportunity on the opposing rush that Bellamy blocked away into the left corner.
Danielle Welch narrowly put BC up when her shot from the middle of the zone hit the top right corner of the post and dribbled behind Bellamy before being cleared by a Crimson defender. Stack had another good opportunity for the Eagles from between the circles, but Bellamy gobbled up the save. Three more Bellamy glove saves in the final three minutes of the period kept the score even as the teams went to the dressing rooms for the second intermission.
Harvard had numerous scoring chances in the first five minutes of the third period but was unable to find the back of the net. BC's Mary Restuccia quickly shifted momentum in the Eagles favor when she stole a pass in the Harvard zone and scored on a shot over Bellamy's stick side. The unassisted goal gave BC a 2-1 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining in the game.
Stack gave the Eagles an insurance goal at 16:42 when she took Restuccia pass in stride at center ice and skated in to beat Bellamy glove side.
During a pregame ceremony, former Harvard forward, A.J. Mleczko, was honored as one of four inductees into the Beanpot Hall of Fame. Mleczko scored eight goals and tallied 11 assists in eight Beanpot games, making her the fifth-highest scorer in tournament history.
Harvard will host Colgate and Cornell to Bright Hockey Center this Friday and Saturday, respectively, in the final regular weekend of the season.