Jan. 30, 2012
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The Boston University women’s hockey team will host No. 8 Harvard in the opening round of the 34th annual Women’s Beanpot at Walter Brown Arena on Tuesday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Boston College and Northeastern will take the ice first at 5 p.m. Students from each of the four competing schools are eligible for a free ticket to Tuesday’s action with a valid student ID. BU students do not need to have a sports pass to get a free ticket.
BU (14-12-1, 9-7-0 WHEA) is looking for its first Beanpot trophy since 1981, when the Terriers were a club team. BU has yet to win the Beanpot as a varsity program, though the Terriers have advanced to the title game on two separate occasions since then, including in 2008, when Walter Brown Arena last played host to the event.
BU enters the Beanpot with plenty of momentum, as the Terriers have won three consecutive contests and two straight against ranked opponents. BU defeated No. 6 Northeastern, 3-2, at Agganis Arena on Saturday thanks to a trio of third period tallies. Earlier in the week, the Terriers blanked fourth-ranked BC, 6-0, behind 30 saves from Kerrin Sperry, who was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week on Monday.
Senior captain Jenn Wakefield leads the Terriers in goals (17), assists (20) and points (37). She is riding a 10-game point streak (10g, 7a) and was responsible for the game-winning goal on Saturday. Freshman Kayla Tutino enters her first Beanpot second on the team in scoring (13g, 10a), while junior transfer Isabel Menard is third in scoring (11g, 11a) and will also be skating in her first Beanpot.
Harvard (14-6-1, 11-4-1 ECAC) has won five of its last six games, including a current stretch of three straight triumphs. Junior goaltender Laura Bellamy has been unbeatable in the last three wins, as she has compiled a shutout streak of 11 periods. Offensively, junior Jillian Dempsey leads the Crimson in goals (13), assists (13) and points (13). A quartet of sophomores has provided much of the scoring this season, as Lyndsey Fry (11g, 11a), Marissa Gedman (5g, 12a), Kalley Armstrong (4g, 12a) and Gina McDonald (10g, 6a) are all having strong seasons.
The winner of each contest will advance to the championship game on Feb. 7, at 8 p.m., while the consolation game will take place on Feb. 7, at 5 p.m.