Comeback Bid Falls Short in No. 6/5 Women's Hockey's 2-1 Loss at No. 7/7 BU

Comeback Bid Falls Short in No. 6/5 Women's Hockey's 2-1 Loss at No. 7/7 BU

Jillian Dempsey, who played in her 100th career game this afternoon, assisted on a goal to mark the 19th consecutive game the senior has tallied a point (photo Gil Talbot).

BOSTON, Mass. – Mary Parker tallied a third-period goal to pull the No. 6/5 Harvard women's ice hockey team within one, but the Crimson failed to find an equalizer in a 2-1 loss at No. 7/7 Boston University Sunday afternoon. Harvard put eight shots on goal over the course of the last 18 minutes, but each attempt was saved.

The penalty kill was once again flawless for Harvard as the Crimson did not allow a goal on three man-down situations to push its season-opening streak to 13 consecutive kills. Senior co-captian Laura Bellamy made two saves during BU power plays and 21 stops overall. She blanked BU with nine blocks in the third period to keep Harvard in the game.

Boston University took a 1-0 lead thanks to a heads up defensive play by Marie-Philip Poulin. The junior jumped a crossing pass on a Harvard power play in the middle of BU's offensive zone and dumped back to a trailing Jenelle Kohanchuk who sneaked a shot past Bellamy.

Harvard took 11 shots in the first period, but only two were on target. BU fired 15 times, including eight between the pipes, in the first 20 minutes.

Elizabeth Parker nearly found the back of the net early in the second period with a shot from the right side that BU's Kerrin Sperry got a piece of. The puck trickled off Sperry and through the crease, but slipped inches outside the left post to keep Harvard scoreless.

The Crimson had another strong offensive push, this time during a BU power-play, six minutes into the second. Bellamy came up with a sprawling save that sparked a fastbreak push from fellow co-captain Jillian Dempsey. The senior took a shot to the upper left corner of the goal that Sperry knocked aside. The puck then circled the boards to Mary Parker and the freshman advanced it to the middle of the zone where she fired a backhand that Sperry smothered.

BU pushed its advantage to 2-0 in the middle of the second stanza. The Terriers' Louise Warren accepted an Isabel Menard pass between the circles and beat Bellamy stick side at the 9:45 mark.

BU's second penalty of the afternoon gave the Crimson another power-play chance late in the second. Harvard took 4 shots during the power play, but two went wide, Sperry saved one and another was blocked by the Terrier's defense.

Bellamy came up with her 12th save of the afternoon with 10 seconds remaining before the second intermission to keep the Crimson within striking distance, 2-0. Harvard outshot the Terriers, 8-6, in the period to gain offensive momentum entering the third period.

Harvard ended BU's shutout bid and cut its deficit to one with a Mary Parker goal 2:18 into the third period. Dempsey wristed a shot from the left side that bounced off the BU goalie. The freshman Parker, who was skating towards the right pipe for a rebound, was in the right place at the right time as the puck inadvertently bounced off her skate and into the goal. The referees initially called the tally no goal, but after a review, the decision was reversed to make the score 2-1.  

Dempsey earned an assist on the Parker goal to push her points streak to 19 games in her 100th career game with the Crimson. Lyndsey Fry also assisted on the play.

Harvard outshot the Terriers, 10-9, for the second straight period in the third.

The Crimson will take the ice again Friday for the home opener against Colgate at 7 p.m. Harvard remains at Bright Hockey Center Saturday for a 4 p.m. skate with No. 2 Cornell.