No. 6 Women's Hockey Set to Host 32nd Women's Beanpot; Hosts Boston College in Opening Round Tuesday

No. 6 Women's Hockey Set to Host 32nd Women's Beanpot; Hosts Boston College in Opening Round Tuesday

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The Particulars
The sixth-ranked Harvard women’s hockey team hosts Boston College in an opening round game of the 32nd Annual Women’s Beanpot, hosted by the Crimson at Bright Hockey Center. Harvard will play Boston College at 8 p.m., while Boston University will face Northeastern at 5 p.m. The second round of the Beanpot will be played at Bright Hockey Center Feb. 9.

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Series History
Harvard and Boston College have met 44 times on the ice with the Crimson holding a 35-9-0 advantage in the series, which began in 1978-79. In the last four games between the schools, the Eagles are 3-1 against the Crimson. The teams last met in the championship game of the 2009 Beanpot, held at Northeastern’s Matthews Arena. Christina Kessler made 22 saves in net for Harvard, but the Crimson fell by a score of 1-0 on Feb. 10, 2009.

Last Time Out
After winning an Ivy League and ECAC Hockey contest at Dartmouth, 4-1, Friday, Harvard returned home and defeated No. 9 Providence, 2-1, Saturday afternoon. With the game tied, 1-1, with 5:18 remaining in the third period, Randi Griffin netted the game-winning goal on the power play, giving Harvard its second straight victory. Laura Bellamy recorded 18 saves as Harvard improved to 8-3-3 on home ice this season.

Beanpot History Lesson
Harvard has won 12 Beanpots, with Northeastern owning the most titles with 14. Boston College has claimed three of the last four tournaments, while Boston University owns one crown. Harvard sports a 14-5 all-time record in Beanpot games against Boston College, is 14-1 against Boston University and stands at 12-16 in 28 games in the Beanpot against Northeastern. Harvard last won the crown in 2008, downing Boston University, 3-1, in the championship game.

Harvard Against Hockey East

Harvard owns a 2-0-1 record against teams from Hockey East this season. The Crimson tied New Hampshire, 1-1, Nov. 18, defeated Connecticut by a score of 2-1, Dec. 8, and topped Providence, 2-1, Jan. 30. The Crimson will play at least two more Hockey East opponents this season, as the Crimson will skate against Boston College in the opening round of the Beanpot Tuesday, and then will play either Northeastern or Boston University in the second round Feb. 9.

Clean Sheets
With its 4-0 victory against Union Jan. 22, Harvard now has recorded five shutouts this season. Laura Bellamy earned her first career clean sheet against the Dutchwomen, making 13 saves. Four of the Crimson’s five shutouts have come at Bright Hockey Center. Senior Christina Kessler has recorded 25 shutouts during her career at Harvard, a program record.

Harvard Coach Katey Stone
Katey Stone is in her 16th season as the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey, and she brings a 331-141-26 (.691) record into Tuesday’s game. Stone, who ranks second all-time in Division I victories, has led Harvard to all seven of its NCAA tournament appearances and has guided the Crimson to nine Beanpot titles. Stone is also the active leader in victories among Division I women’s hockey coaches.

Stone is six wins shy of tying the all-time Division I record, held by Laura Halldorson (337 victories).

License to Kill
The Crimson boasts the nation’s fifth-best penalty kill unit, stopping 76 of 85 opponent power plays (.894). Harvard was a perfect 8-for-8 on the penalty kill last weekend in wins over Dartmouth and Providence The Crimson also has a shorthanded goal to its credit, coming off the stick of Jillian Dempsey in a 4-0 win over Union Jan. 22.

Crimson Leading The League
Kate Buesser has an ECAC Hockey-best 25 points in league games and also stands first in assists with 16. Rookie Jillian Dempsey (8-10-18) ranks fourth in conference points among all players and first among freshmen in the league. Defender Leanna Coskren is fifth with five power-play points in ECAC Hockey contests. Coskren is also tied for first with three game-winning goals during conference action. Cori Bassett, meanwhile, stands third in defender scoring with 12 points on four goals and eight assists. Coskren ranks fourth among defenders with 11 points (4-7-11).

The World’s Best
A trio of former Harvard standout skaters have been named to the 2010 U.S. Women’s National Team, which will compete at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Angela Ruggiero ’02-04, the Patty Kazmaier recipient in 2004, Julie Chu ’06-07, the winner of the Patty Kazmaier trophy in 2007, and former All-American Caitlin Cahow ’07-08 were named to the American team. On Team Canada, Harvard will be represented by two-time Patty Kazmaier Award winner Jennifer Botterill ’02-03, and Sarah Vaillancourt ’08-09, who was named the top women’s college hockey player in 2008. Overall, Harvard has had nine current and former women’s hockey players represent their countries in the Olympics since 1996.

When The Game Is On The Line
Nine different Harvard players have scored a game-winning goal this season -- Kaitlin Spurling, Liza Ryabkina, Jillian Dempsey, Leanna Coskren, Anna McDonald, Cori Bassett, Kathryn Farni, Kate Buesser and Randi Griffin. Coskren leads the team and ECAC Hockey with three game-winning tallies, while Ryabkina has notched two this season.

Scoring In A Bunch
As a team, Harvard ranks second in ECAC Hockey with 3.25 goals per game, having scored a league-best 52 tallies in 16 conference games entering the week.

A Balanced Attack
The Crimson has had 14 different players score at least one goal this year, as the team has netted a total of 58 goals. Sixteen players have at least one point to their credit and Harvard had 15 different players light the lamp last season as well, scoring a total of 95 goals.

Around The Ivy League
The Crimson is unbeaten in six straight games against Ivy League opponents (4-0-2) after beating Dartmouth Jan. 29. The Crimson stands at 4-2-2 against Ancient Eight opponents, good for second place in the conference standings. Cornell remains in first with a 5-0-2 Ivy League conference record.

First Thing’s First
The Crimson was 18-0-2 when scoring first and 1-10-1 when the opponent lit the lamp first last season. So far in 2009-10, Harvard is 10-1-2 when netting the game’s first goal and 2-4-2 when the opposition scores first.

It’s All Over
Harvard is 104-1-5 since the start of the 2004-05 season when leading after two periods. The Crimson is 10-0-1 in this category this season.

Just Win, Christina!
Senior goaltender Christina Kessler is 64-16-6 (.779) in her career in net, placing her first on Harvard’s all-time goalie wins, as she passed Ali Boe ’06 with a 5-1 victory against Colgate Jan. 16. Kessler currently holds the NCAA career record with a .9413 save percentage, as she has stopped 1,863 of 1,979 shots faced during her career. Jessie Vetter (Wisconsin 2006-09) owned a .941 save percentage to set the record (2,175 of 2,312, .9407).

Welcome To The Show

Harvard freshmen have had the scoring touch this season, led by Jillian Dempsey who is tied for the team lead with eight goals and is second with 11 assists and 19 points. Kaitlin Spurling (5-3-8) and Josephine Pucci (2-6-8) have also been scoring threats.

Storied Program
With its 3-0 victory over St. Lawrence Nov. 7, Harvard earned the 500th victory in program history. The Crimson owns a 510-292-42 (.629)record over its storied 31-year history.

A Stone Wall
The Crimson earned back-to-back shutouts against Minnesota Dec. 4-5, marking the first time that the Golden Gophers were held scoreless since Feb. 2, 2007. The Crimson had not recorded consecutive shutouts since holding Cornell without a goal during the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals Feb. 27-28, 2009.

To Be The Best ...
With its 2-1 win over No. 9 Providence Jan. 29, the Crimson stands at 4-2-3 against ranked foes this year. Harvard was 2-6-1 against top 10 opponents last season.

Bright Spot
The Crimson was 9-4-2 at Bright Hockey Center last season, while posting a 9-5-1 mark on the road. In 14 games this season, Harvard owns a 8-3-3 record on home ice, and is 4-2-1 in road contests.

Red Lights
Harvard ranks third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 1.48 goals per game. The Crimson also stands fifth in scoring margin (+1.29), fifth on the penalty kill (75 of 85, .894), 12th in scoring offense (2.76 goals scored per game), 23rd on the power play (13 of 100, .130) and 26th in combined special teams (89 of 185, .481).

Rank And File

Harvard is ranked seventh in the latest national poll and seventh in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national poll.

Solid Start
In seven career starts, Laura Bellamy owns a 3-2-1 record with one shutout. She has stopped 117 of 126 shots faced for a .929 save percentage. She also sports an impressive 1.45 goals-against average and has won her last two games in net, stopping a career-high 37 shots in 4-1 win at Dartmouth Jan. 29.

On The Road
The Crimson has played six road games this season, going 3-2-1. Harvard has four road games left in the regular season, beginning with the contest at Rensselaer Feb. 12.

Crimson Among The Nation’s Best

With 0.76 assists per game, Kate Buesser ranks 13th in the nation in this category. Buesser also stands 15th with 1.24 points per contest. At the blue line, Cori Bassett is averaging 0.62 points per game, placing her 15th. Among all of the country’s rookies, Jillian Dempsey stands sixth with 0.90 points per contest.

Stopping The Puck

Christina Kessler ranks third in the nation with a save percentage of .944 (351 of 372) and stands fourth with a 1.39 goals-against average. Kessler is also seventh in the nation with a winning percentage of .700 (9-3-3).