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No. 8 Women's Hockey Takes on Host Boston University in Beanpot Opening Round

Jillian Dempsey helped Harvard advance to the 2011 Beanpot finals with a shootout goal (Kevin Burns).

Game Highlights: Harvard at Yale

Game Highlights: Harvard at Brown

Complete Game Notes (pdf)

The Particulars

In search of its 14th tournament title, the Harvard women's hockey team takes on host Boston University in the first round of the 34th annual Women's Beanpot Tuesday at Walter Brown Arena.  Harvard's last Beanpot title came in 2010 when it  topped Northeastern, 1-0, in the final at Bright Hockey Center.  

Series History
Harvard and Boston University first squared off during the 1978-79 season, with the Terriers taking the inagural game, 6-5, in overtime. BU went on to take six of the first seven matchups but from 1982-2009, Harvard didn't drop a game, collecting 20 straight wins, giving the Crimson a 21-7-0 edge in the all-time series. The Terriers had the last laugh, however, taking down the Crimson, 5-3, last season at Bright Hockey Center.

In the final game of the 2010 calendar year, the Terriers jumped out to a 2-0 lead at Bright, thanks to goals by Marie-Philip Poulin and Jillian Kirchner. Liza Ryabkina '11 single-handedly got Harvard back in the contest, capping the second period with a goal and tallying another just 2:24 into the third to tie it at 2-2. A trio of BU goals followed and proved to be too much for the Crimson, even though Katharine Chute's '11 late marker brought Harvard to within two at 5-3.    

Last Time Out
The Crimson was dominant last weekend, surging into second place in the ECAC standings on the strength of a pair of shutouts at Yale and Brown.       

Against the Bulldogs, the game was never in question, as goals from Jillian Dempsey and Kaitlin Spurling less than five minutes into the game gave Harvard a quick 2-0 lead. Spurling would strike again before the end of the period and came a pipe away from sealing a hat trick against Yale. Gina McDonald and Samantha Reber tallied goals in the second period and Kalley Armstrong, Hillary Crowe and Elizabeth Parker lit the lamp in the third for the 8-0 win. In all, seven different Harvard players scored goals. Goalie Laura Bellamy picked up her second straight shutout, stopping nine shots.

The following afternoon, Spurling got the Crimson on the board with her third goal of the weekend, and Sarah Edney doubled the Crimson lead to 2-0 after one period. Spurling's fourth of the weekend came off a redirect in front of the Brown goalie and Bellamy was once again true in net, stopping all 18 shots she faced to stretch her shutout streak to 11 periods.      

Harvard At The Beanpot
The Crimson enters Tuesday night's contest in search of its 14th Beanpot title, which would tie Harvard with Northeastern for the all-time lead in tournament titles. Harvard's first round opponent, Boston University, has claimed just one beanpot title, while the highest-ranked team in this year's field, No. 4 Boston College, has collected four and is the defending champion. Harvard is 14-1 all-time in the Beanpot against BU.

A February Tradition?
The Women's Beanpot is traditionally played on the Tuesdays following the Men's Beanpot games, and takes place on the first two Tuesdays of February. With this year's opening round being played in January, it represents just the second time in tournament history that games will be played during the first month of the year. The last time the opening round was played in January was in 1997. Harvard faced BU in the opening round and trounced the Terriers, 14-0.  

Shut It Down
Harvard enters the game against BU riding a three-game shutout streak, its longest since a similar stretch during the 2007-08 season. Four of Harvard's last five wins have come via shutout and have all come during conference play. Since the New Year, Harvard has allowed just 12 goals in nine games and compiled a 6-2-1 overall record.

Scoring Seven-Spot
In the 8-0 win over Yale Jan. 27, seven different Harvard players scored goals. It marked the first time since the 2004-05 season that seven different Harvard skaters scored in a game. The last time it happened was also against Yale, an 11-2 Harvard win Jan. 29, 2005.   
 
Beanpot Hall of Fame 2012
Nicole Corriero '05 will be inducted into the Beanpot Hall of Fame this year, making her the fifth Harvard player to receive the honor. With 14 points on eight goals and six assists in four career Beanpots, Corriero ranks tied for 12th in all-time tournament scoring and fifth among Harvard players. She led Harvard to four consecutive Beanpot Championships from 2002-05, taking home tournament Most Valuable Player honors as a senior and becoming the seventh-consecutive Crimson player to earn the MVP nod. A two-time All-American, Corriero finished her Harvard career as the fourth-highest career point scorer in program history with 265 points on 150 goals and 115 assists. She also holds the program records for goals in a season with 59, points in a game with 10 and goals in a game with six. Corriero was named ECAC Hockey and Ivy League Player of the Year in 2005, after taking home ECAC and Ivy Rookie of the Year honors in 2002.

Big Time Bellamy
Junior goalie Laura Bellamy hasn't allowed a goal in 11 periods of play, the longest stretch of her career. The last time a Harvard goalie had a stretch of at least three-straight shutouts was 2007-08 when Christina Kessler '10 blanked Colgate (4-0), Boston College (7-0) and St. Lawrence (2-0) in consecutive contests.

Bellamy now has 12 shutouts in her career, placing her fourth in program history and one away from tying Erin Villiotte's '95 mark of 13. Bellamy also ranks tied for fourth for shutouts in a season with five, tying Emily Vitt '04 in 2003-04.

A New Year's Resolution
Since the start of 2012, the Harvard penalty kill has been much improved. The Crimson has allowed just two power-play goals in nine games since the New Year, and has killed 27 of 29 opponent power plays. Harvard has killed its last 17 penalties, including seven against Colgate two weekends ago.  

Third Period Poise
While the second period had been Harvard's strongest in terms of goals scored, the Crimson is steadily becoming a third period team in terms of scoring. In its nine games since the New Year, Harvard has scored multiple third-period goals in four of them, including three each in wins over Colgate, Rensselaer and Yale. In those nine games, Harvard has outscored opponents, 13-2, in the third period, representing both its highest goal total and best goal differential.    

Jam-Packed January
This year, Harvard will play 10 games in the month of January, making it the busiest January in the history of the program. February is typically the busiest month for Harvard and the Crimson played a program-high 11 games in February of 2008 and '09.  

Shot Stoppers
After holding an opponent to fewer than 20 shots in a game just three times this season heading into Jan. 13, the Crimson held both the Dutchwomen and the Engineers below that threshold in the weekend sweep. The following weekend, Harvard allowed a then-season-low 14 shots to No. 3 Cornell in a 2-0 defeat. The Crimson had its finest defensive performance of the season at Yale, holding the Bulldogs to just nine shots on goal. On the season, Harvard is outshooting its opponents, 635-476.
 
A Comeback of Notable Proportions
Harvard's 5-3 comeback victory over Rensselaer marked the first time since Nov. 16, 2004 the Crimson has come back to win from a three-goal deficit. The last time it happened, Brown scored three times within the first 8:52 of the contest, but Harvard found three of its own quickly after to close the first period in a 3-3 tie. In fact, the Crimson scored seven straight times to close the game with a 7-3 win in Providence. Harvard scored five unanswered goals in its comeback win over RPI Saturday.   
    
Parker Please
Elizabeth Parker has seven points on the season, six of which have come on goals. The Crimson is 6-0-0  this season in games where Parker scores. In fact, Harvard has never lost a game in which Parker scores a goal, posting a 8-0-1 record in eight such contests, dating back to her rookie season.   

A Note About Ties
The 3-3 draw with Quinnipiac Jan. 7 was Harvard's first tie of the season. Dating back to Jan. 2010, six of Harvard's last eight ties have been by a 3-3 score. Three of Harvard's four ties last season were 3-3 games, including a Beanpot first-round game against Northeastern, where Harvard advanced thanks to a shootout victory.

Feast On the East
Hockey East has become one of the strongest conferences in women's college hockey, but the Crimson has been dominant in three games against Hockey East opponents this season. Harvard downed Providence on the road, 5-1, Dec. 8, and followed with a 5-2 pounding of New Hampshire at Bright the following night. The 8-1 thrashing of Connecticut pushed Harvard's record to 3-0 against Hockey East schools this season. The Crimson is slated to face two more Hockey East opponents in the Beanpot.           

Spreading The Wealth
Thanks to Alisa Baumgartner's goal against Union in her first game back from injury, every Harvard position player on the 2011-12 roster has registered a point. Twelve different players have scored goals this season, while all 16 skaters on the roster have logged at least one assist. It marks the first time since the 2004-05 season that every position player on the roster has registered a point.