Feb. 7, 2012
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The Boston University women’s hockey team will vie for the school’s second Beanpot championship on Tuesday night when it hosts No. 7/8 Northeastern in the title game of the 34th annual Women’s Beanpot. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Students from any of the four Beanpot schools can get in for free with a valid student ID. BU students do not need a sports pass to get a free ticket.
BU (16-12-1, 10-7-0 WHEA) is back in the title game for the first time since 2008, which was the last time it hosted the tournament. The Terriers have yet to win a Beanpot as a varsity program; BU won as a club team in 1981. Northeastern (18-6-3, 12-3-2 WHEA) has won the most Beanpot titles of any school with 14, with the Huskies’ last title coming in 1998.
Five different Terriers lit the lamp in the team’s 5-2 win over Harvard last week in the second semifinal. Northeastern (18-6-3, 12-3-2 WHEA) tied Boston College, 1-1, but won a shootout to advance to the title game. This is the first time that BU and Northeastern have met in the Beanpot title game.
The Terriers enter this contest on a five-game win streak in which they have defeated their opponents by a combined score of 25-7. Senior Jenn Wakefield is on a 12-game point streak (9g, 12a) and now leads all Hockey East skaters in points (41) and assists (22). Junior Isabel Menard is coming off a five-point performance (1g, 4a) against New Hampshire on Saturday that vaulted her to fifth in the league in scoring (29 points).
Sophomore Kerrin Sperry has been spectacular for BU during its win streak, as she has posted a 1.40 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage over that five-game period. The Terriers’ defensemen have also been solid, as they have combined to block 74 shots over the last five games.
The Huskies boast two of the three top point-getters in the league, as freshman Kendall Coyne (23g, 17a) and junior Casey Pickett (15g, 21a) are second and third, respectively, in scoring. Coyne leads the conference in goals while Pickett is second to Wakefield in assists. Senior Florence Schelling has put up stellar numbers between the pipes this season, as she owns a 1.53 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage.
Following Tuesday’s title tilt, the Terriers will travel to Vermont for a weekend series with the Catamounts. Puck drop on Saturday and Sunday will be at 2 p.m.