Harvard vs. Boston College
Harvard aims for its 14th Beanpot title this Tuesday. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In search of its 14th Beanpot crown, the No. 4/4 Harvard women's hockey team is set for one of its toughest tests to date as No. 1 Boston College visits the Bright-Landry Hockey Center for the Beanpot Championship at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. This marks the 23rd time the two programs will have met in the tournament, and the eighth time in the championship game. The Crimson (18-4-2, 14-3-1 ECAC) is looking to avenge an early season loss to BC (27-0-1, 18-0-0 WHEA) – its only non-conference defeat this season.
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After waiting nearly three years for a skater to record a hat trick, Harvard has enjoyed three tricks this season, two of which came just this past week. After Sydney Daniels lit up UConn for three scores on Jan. 7, Lyndsey Fry found the back of the net three times against Yale on Friday, before Mary Parker accounted for four goals (3g, 1a) in the win over Brown the very next night.
Fry and Parker's hat tricks weren't the only scoring abound over the week for the Crimson, either. Miye D'Oench found the back of the net twice in two games versus Yale and Brown, while freshman Karly Heffernan enjoyed a career night against the Bears, scoring twice and dishing out two assists for a four-point night.
Lexie Laing became the first Crimson in three years to register three assists in one game, lending a helping hand in three goals to defeat Brown on Saturday. In total, 11 different Crimson have recorded multi-point games over the last three home contests.
This is Home
Harvard has enjoyed ample success at home this season, but has really come on of late with the start of February. The Crimson has outscored its opponents 22-4 over the last three games, an incredible average of 7-1 per contest. Overall, Harvard is one of the last two remaining undefeated teams at home (11-0-0) – the other being Boston College. When it comes to scoring, five out of 11 contests, the Crimson has scored at least five goals.
Full Steam Ahead
After erupting for 22 goals in its last three games – including nine versus BU a week ago, the highest total in three years – the Crimson moved back up into the top-3 in the nation's scoring with 4.00 goals per game. Aside from its struggles at Princeton, Harvard has been electric in its last 18 outings (16-2-0), averaging more than four goals per game (4.27), while reaching the six-goal plateau six times.
Rumbling with the Ranked
Harvard's scuffle with No. 1 Boston College on Tuesday – its second with a top-ranked Eagles team this season – will be the eighth top-10 showdown for the Crimson in 2014-15. Harvard is 4-1-2 versus ranked foes this year, with its only loss coming at the hands of BC in November. The Crimson has tied then-No. 7 Clarkson, tied and beat BU, defeated Quinnipiac twice and skated by then-No. 9 Cornell this season.
Scouting Boston College
As the nation's only unbeaten team (27-0-1), Boston College comes into the Beanpot showdown as one of the fiercest teams to hit the ice this season. The Eagles own the nation's best offense, scoring goals at clip of 5.43 per game, and the second-best defense, limiting opponents to 1.11 goals per game.
BC sports three of the country's top-10 scorers on the ice in Alex Carpenter (27-35—62), Haley Skarupa (24-29—53) and Emily Pfalzer (7-28—35); Carpenter and Skarupa are one-two in the country in points-per-game (averaging well over 2.00), while Pfalzer is the highest scoring defenseman in the nation. Freshman Kenzie Kent also is a threat to be watched, as she owns 31 points with her six goals and 25 assists.
In net, BC is just as stout with rookie goaltender Katie Burt. Burt, who led the USA U-18 to gold this season, is among the NCAA's leaders in goaltending this season. The freshman owns a 0.99 goals allowed average (24 goals in 1,460 minutes) and a .947 save percentage – both are top-5 in the country. Her seven shutouts also are among the best, sitting in fourth.