Beanpot Champs!

The Boston College women's hockey team defeated the women of Harvard, 1-0, to clinch their third Beanpot Tournament in four years on Tuesday. The victory also helps the Eagles chances for the post season as it added another important win to their resume.

The Boston College women's hockey team won their third Beanpot Tournament in four years on Tuesday. No. 7 BC defeated the women of Harvard, 1-0, in the championship game of the thirty-first annual Beanpot Tournament on Tuesday. The last time these two teams met was January 7, 2008, when no. 3 Harvard cruised past BC 7-0.

There may not have been any goals scored in the first period, but the tone for fast aggressive play was set. Junior goaltender Molly Schaus saw 19 shots by Harvard, more than Maine was able to get on her in the whole game on Saturday. Harvard had one power play in the period. Senior forward Becky Zavisza was called for roughing 6:46 into the game, but the Crimson were unable to take advantage of the opportunity.

In the second period the reverse was true. BC had the majority of the scoring opportunities, including five power plays. The Eagles had 14 shots on net in this period, opposed to their six in the first. A good scoring opportunity arose 11:45 into the period. Traffic in front of the net allowed BC a few shots while junior goaltender Christina Kessler was tangled up with BC. However, the Harvard defense was able to clear the puck away from the net before damage could be done.

The Eagles were similarly unable to score on their power play opportunities, including just under a minute of 3-on-five play. Harvard also had a their own man advantage in the second period, but it only lasted 1:42, before Harvard's junior center Anna McDonald entered the box. The Crimson were able to get four solid shots before losing the advantage, but Schaus stopped all of them.

The third period started with 4-on-3 play, BC having the advantage. The Eagles, however, were unable to capitalize with a goal. The Crimson then had an opportunity when senior forward Brie Baskin was called for hooking 9:29 into the game.

BC finally broke the tie 9:51 seconds into the third period on the power play kill. The Eagles found themselves skating towards the net 2-on-2. Junior forward Allie Thunstrom brought the puck into the zone, then sent it across the net to linemate junior Kelli Stack, who sent it past Kessler stick-side. The goal was Stack's twenty-first of the season and BC's second shorthanded goal of the Beanpot, having notched one against Northeastern in the first round.

Stack said, "I knew with Molly in goal, we only needed one. I expected it to be a 1-0 game."

Harvard had a few more opportunities in the form of two more power plays, including 35 seconds of five-on-three play. Schaus shut out the Crimson, keeping them 0-for-6 on the power play.

Schaus made 64 saves in the tournament, 40 against Harvard and 24 against Northeastern. This performance earned her the Bertagna Award for the Most Outstanding Goaltender. Already the BC net minder with the best career goals against average, Schaus came within nine saves of Christy Nentwig's record, recording her 2,678th save.

Two years ago, when Harvard and BC played in the first round, Schaus recorded 73 saves in a triple-overtime game. She has 113 career saves against Harvard in the Beanpot, in only two games. About her high save games against Harvard, Schaus said, "It's more the Beanpot. It's just so exciting. You watch it growing up and you hear about it all year and this is what you're playing for."

In additional accolades for the Eagles, Kelli Stack, who had two game-winning goals in the tournament, was named Beanpot MVP. Her goal in the Beanpot championship was her 60th career goal, tying her with Deb Spillane for fourth in BC's record books, just one behind her linemate Thunstrom.

In reference to her two game winners, Stack said, "I'm just trying to show up in big games because I know my team counts on me a lot.

Earlier in the evening, Northeastern University became the 0-2 team of this year's Beanpot. They suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of Boston University, following their loss to the Eagles in the first round. With just under a minute in the game, senior defenseman Sarah Russell sent a shot past the Huskies' freshman goaltender Florence Schelling to break the two period tie and earn the win for BU.

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