Pictured: Liza Ryabkina celebrates one of her career-high
Photo courtesy: Kevin Burns
Northeastern-Boston University Box Score
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Liza Ryabkina
scored the game-winning goal in the second period and added three
more in the third to lead the sixth-ranked Harvard women's hockey
team to a 5-0 win over Boston College in the first round of the
2010 Women's Beanpot Tuesday at Bright Hockey Center.
Harvard improves to 13-5-4 on the season, capturing its third consecutive win, while Boston College drops to 5-14-9 on the year. With the win, the Crimson advances to the Beanpot championship game for the third year in a row and will face the Northeastern Huskies, who advanced by way of a 2-0 shootout win over Boston University. Northeastern and BU played to a 4-4 after regulation and a five-minute overtime, but the Huskies netted two shootout goals sto advance. The 32nd Women's Beanpot championship game will be held at Bright Hockey Center Tuesday Feb. 9 at 8 p.m.
Ryabkina finished the game with four goals, marking the first time a Harvard player has had four tallies in a game since Sarah Vaillancourt ’08-09 potted four against Cornell, February 13, 2009. In her first Beanpot contest, freshman goalie Laura Bellamy recorded her second shutout of the season, stopping 15 shots on the night. Josephine Pucci tallied the Crimson’s other goal and Kate Buesser and Anna McDonald recorded two assists each in the win. The Crimson outshot the Eagles 51-15 on the evening and held a 40-25 edge in faceoffs.
Holding a 1-0 lead at the start of the third period, the Crimson extended its lead on Ryabkina’s second marker, with Buesser earning the assist, with 11:20 to play in the game. Pucci’s goal came off assists from Buesser and Randi Griffin at the 10:38 mark. Ryabkina capped off the hat trick by scoring her second power-play tally of the game, coming less than a minute later off a McDonald helper at 11:16. Ryabkina completed her quartet of scores by picking off an errant Eagle pass and burying an unassisted effort with 5:51 remaining in the game to give her the natural hat trick, lighting the lamp three times in one period.
The Crimson outshot the Eagles by a 22-6 margin in the second period, netting the game’s first goal on a power play at 18:26. Defender Kelsey Romatoski carried the puck at the right point and made a pass into the slot, finding Anna McDonald. McDonald took a quick shot on net and BC goaltender Corinne Boyles made the save, but the puck bounced to her right, creating an open net opportunity for Ryabkina. The junior batted the puck into the back of the net, putting Harvard on top, 1-0. Through two periods of play, Harvard enjoyed a 35-12 advantage in shots.
Harvard will welcome Ivy League and ECAC Hockey rivals Brown and Yale to Bright Hockey Center Feb. 5-6.