CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team (9-13-2, 7-9-2 ECAC) fell to Boston University (11-14-6, 6-11-5 WHEA), 3-2, in the opening round of the 40th annual women's Beanpot tournament on Tuesday night at Conte Forum. The Crimson scratched back after the Terriers went up 3-0 early in the first, but in the end, was unable to overcome the deficit.
Boston University needed just 6:09 to collect all the goals it would need to win. The Terriers' Victoria Bach would net the first two for BU before Jesse Compher would complete the trio of tallies 14 seconds into BU's first power-play opportunity of the night. Before the end of the opening frame, Brooke Jovanovich would put the Crimson on the board with her seventh of the season and Chelsea Ziadie tightened the gap to one with her second power-play goal of the season early in the middle frame.
Harvard's defense blocked eight shots on goal and netminder Beth Larcom posted 29 saves, shutting out the Terriers for the final 53:51 of the game.
The Crimson slips to 48-30-1 all-time at the Beanpot and 26-11-2 all-time against Boston University. Next Tuesday, Harvard will face Northeastern in the Beanpot consolation final, again taking place at Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College.
- The Terriers struck first just 3:48 into the contest off Victoria Bach's 33rd tally of the season. Bach took the puck from teammate Rebecca Leslie and carried it down the ice before launching a shot from the right circle that bounced off the pipe and into the net.
- Bach doubled Boston University's lead 2:07 later when Rebecca Leslie and Mary Grace Kelley threw back-to-back shots that took Larcom off her skates. With Larcom on the ice, Bach was able to chip in the loose puck from the slot at 5:55 of the first period.
- After Harvard was called for hooking, BU's power-play would cash in just 14 seconds into its first opportunity of the game when Jesse Compher sent a shot past Larcom top shelf at 6:09 of the first period.
- Brooke Jovanovich put the Crimson on the board 14:03 into the opening frame. After Ali Peper fired a shot from the point, Schroeder failed to secure the puck and Jovanovich backhanded in the rebound from the right of the crease.
- Chelsea Ziadie slashed the deficit with 14:54 to go in the second. With BU in the box for checking, Kat Hughes sent a pass to Ziadie who took a slap shot from the point that sailed through Haley Mullins' legs and past Schroeder.
Harvard will return to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center this weekend to take on Union and Rensselaer in its final pair of home games of the regular season.