No. 7/8 Women's Hockey Takes on No. 4/6 Boston College in Beanpot Consolation Game

No. 7/8 Women's Hockey Takes on No. 4/6 Boston College in Beanpot Consolation Game

Harvard is looking for its first win against a ranked opponent this season against Boston College (Gil Talbot).

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Highlights: Harvard vs. Princeton Feb. 4, 2012

Highlights: Harvard vs. Quinnipiac Feb. 3, 2012

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The Particulars

After a successful weekend of conference play, the Harvard women's hockey team returns to Walter Brown Arena for the Women's Beanpot consolation game against Boston College Tuesday. Harvard fell to host Boston University, 5-2, in the opening round, while the Eagles tied Northeastern and fell in a shootout. 

Series History
While Harvard holds the all-time series lead by a sizeable margin (36-11-0), the Crimson has had trouble with the Eagles lately. A stretch of 17-straight wins from 1997-2005 saw the Crimson dominate the series, but Harvard has gone 2-5-0 since, including a pair of losses last season.

Harvard traveled to Chestnut Hill for the first meeting of the 2010-11 season, and a Kate Buesser '11 goal at the end of the first helped the Crimson enter the first break tied 1-1 with the No. 6 Eagles. The second period was all BC and Kelli Stack as the forward scored two of three BC goals in the frame to complete her hat trick and give the hosts a 4-1 lead after two. Josephine Pucci got one back for Harvard on a power play, but two more BC tallies sealed a 6-2 win for the Eagles.

The next time the two teams met was Feb. 15 in the 2010-11 Women's Beanpot Championship Game at Conte Forum. Katharine Chute's '11 goal at 17:39 of the first period knotted the score at 1-1 after the first 20 minutes but third-period goals from Mary Restuccia and Stack gave the Eagles a 3-1 win and the tournament title on their home ice.  

Last Time Out
In a key conference weekend, Harvard rose to the occasion against two of the toughest teams in the ECAC, coming back to defeat Quinnipiac, 4-2, Friday and humbling Princeton, 10-1, Saturday in a record-setting performance.

After a quiet first period Friday, Quinnipiac struck twice within a three-minute span in the second to put Harvard in a 2-0 hole. Lyndsey Fry got Harvard on the board with 40 seconds to play in the period and power-play goals from Jillian Dempsey and Josephine Pucci to start the third gave Harvard the lead. Dempsey netted her second of the night with just under 10 minutes to play to add a measure of insurance.

The following afternoon, Harvard relinquished the first goal again and entered the second period fown 1-0. From there, Dempsey took over, scoring four  of Harvard's seven goals in the period, including a streak of three straight for a natural hat trick, to propel the Crimson to a daunting 7-1 lead after two. Samantha Reber, Hillary Crowe and Dempsey all scored in the final frame to seal the 10-1 victory.        

The Opening Round Against BU
The Crimson ran into a determined Boston University squad last Tuesday in the opening round of the 34th Women's Beanpot, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Terriers at Walter Brown Arena.

Harvard 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.

Harvard At The Beanpot
The Crimson entered last Tuesday night's contest in search of its 14th Beanpot title, which would have tied Harvard with Northeastern for the all-time lead. 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 15-6 all-time in the Beanpot against BC.

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.

A Whole Lotta Dempsey
Jillian Dempsey's performance against Princeton Saturday was one of the top single-game performances in Harvard history.  Her five goals in the game was just one short of the NCAA record, held by former Harvard star Nicole Corriero '05 and Minnesota Duluth's Jenny Potter. In the history of the program, a Harvard player had only scored five goals in a game six times before Dempsey's showing. The last Crimson skater to net five goals in a game was 2008 Patty Kazmaier winner Sarah Vaillancourt '08-09, scoring a quintet against Cornell Feb. 9, 2007.

Dempsey entered Saturday's game with nine career two-goal games, but had never collected a hat trick. The game against Princeton represents her fourth multi-goal game of the season.

Power Period
The seven goals scored in the second period against Princeton Saturday tied the NCAA record for goals in a period. It is the eighth time the feat has been accomplished in NCAA history, the last time being a game between Sacred Heart and Saint Michael's Jan. 11, 2006. It is the third time a Harvard team has netted seven goals in a single frame, and first since the Crimson did it to Boston College Jan. 28, 2003 in the first period. Harvard went onto score an NCAA record 17 goals against the Eagles in that contest.  

Offensive Outbursts
With five games remaining on the regular-season schedule, Harvard has scored seven or more goals four times this season. The last time a Harvard team had that many seven-plus goal games was in 2006-07 when the Crimson posted six such contests, including a pair of games where it broke the 10-goal barrier.  

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.

30 And 30
Jillian Dempsey and Lyndsey Fry have both registered 30 points each so far this season. It represents the first time since the 2008-09 season that two Harvard players have broken the 30-point barrier in a season.  

So You're Saying There's A Chance...
With an eight-point week last week, Jillian Dempsey upped her career point toal to 89 on 46 goals and 43 assists. Harvard will play a minimum of seven more games this season (five regular season games, first round of ECAC tournament), giving Dempsey a chance to reach the 100-point mark this season. Dempsey would become the 21st player in Harvard history to amass 100 points in her career.  

Big Time Bellamy
After a stellar weekend in New Haven, Conn., and Providence, R.I., junior goalie Laura Bellamy was named ECAC Goalie of the Week Jan. 31. The honor marks the second time she has received the nod this season and third in her career.  

Bellamy didn't allow a goal in 12-straight periods of ECAC 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. She is currently tied for second in the nation with five clean sheets on the season.

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 12 games since the New Year, Harvard has scored multiple third-period goals in seven of them, including three each in wins over Colgate, Rensselaer, Yale, Quinnipiac and Princeton. In those 12 games, Harvard has outscored opponents, 21-2, in the third period, representing both its highest goal total and best goal differential.