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Women’s Beanpot Final recap: Holy Huskies!

It took 82 minutes to decide but we got a champion and boy was it exciting to watch.

Jim Pierce

Consolation Game

Boston College 3 Harvard 1

Not the result most of us saw coming as underdog BC pulled off a nice upset that should carry them into the Hockey East playoffs and give them some hope of making a run. On the flip side this loss is devastating for Harvard, while they were likely not going to make a run at an at-large bid this all but seals the deal. Boston College remains undefeated in consolation games since becoming a varsity program improving to 10-0-1.

The Eagles got on the board midway through the first and would never relinquish their lead as Kelly Pickreign held Harvard to a single goal late in the third.

Championship Game

Northeastern 4 Boston University 3 2OT*

While this game will officially go down as a tie nationally and a 2OT win in the Beanpot record books it was the first time the women had to play with the new NCAA rulings on OT.

This game was a rollercoaster for anyone watching whether or not you had a dog in the race as neither team could pull away from the other as each regulation period featured a goal from both teams. The scoring was started early by the Terriers as their penalty kill decided to jump start the game with Kristina Schuler taking a breakaway all the way past Aerin Frankel. In fact both teams led for around 11 minutes, but BU would never lead again after Beanpot MVP Chloe Aurard tied it late in the first.

In the other two periods the Huskies would score first but BU didn’t let those stand including a dramatic extra attacker goal in the final thirty seconds that had Northeastern fans having flashbacks to the previous night when the BU men’s team tied it with only 1.2 seconds remaining.

The overtime would also follow the spirit of the men’s tournament the night before as BU swarmed Frankel for most of the first OT period but were unable to put one in before the long intermission. In the second OT it was clear both teams were gassed as every player seemed to be a stride slower and a fraction less accurate with the passing. This led to a late penalty against BU that would prove to be the tipping point as Lauren MacInnis finished off a mad scramble at the beginning of the 82 minute of play.