Sarah Edney got Harvard on the board against Boston University Tuesday night (Photo Courtesy: Kevin Burns).
BOSTON – The No. 7/8 Harvard women's hockey team ran into a determined Boston University squad Tuesday in the opening round of the 34th Women's Beanpot, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Terriers at Walter Brown Arena. The host Boston University (15-12-1, 9-7-0 Hockey East) advances to play Northeastern in the tournament final while Harvard (14-7-1, 11-4-1 ECAC) will square off against Boston College in the consolation game next Tuesday.
The Crimson came alive in the third period, getting two goals back after starting the period with a five-goal deficit. On its ninth power play of the evening, the Crimson finally broke through. Josephine Pucci ripped a shot from the point that was tipped on net by Kaitlin Spurling. Kerrin Sperry made the initial save, but Sarah Edney was there to put home the rebound at 11:34 of the third. Jillian Dempsey netted the second Harvard goal, wristing a shot off a BU defender from a Marissa Gedman shot and past Sperry. Harvard ended the game on a penalty, but was unable to find a third tally.
Both teams came out gunning but the fast pace of the contest only yielded a handful of shots for either team in the early going. The Terriers were called for the first penalty but Jill Cardella picked off a clearing pass by the Crimson and whipped the puck past Laura Bellamy for the game's first goal, a short-handed effort, at 6:30. Penalties bit the Crimson in a big way just past the halfway point of the first, as the Crimson had three skaters in the box at one time. Kaleigh Fratkin's slapshot into the top corner made it 2-0 BU, but the Crimson did well to kill off the remaining five-on-three and five-on-four scenarios.
In the second period, the Crimson gained a number of power-play chances, but the BU penalty kill remained firm and kept the guests off the board. A goal by Marie-Philip Poulin at 4:37 of the second gave the Terriers a 3-0 cushion and quick goals by Isabel Menard and Jenn Wakefield in the final two minutes of the frame sent Harvard into the locker room down 5-0.
The Crimson has a big conference weekend coming up as it welcomes Quinnipiac Friday and Princeton Saturday for a pair of key ECAC games. Friday's game is slated to begin at 7 p.m.