Mary Parker and the Crimson will look for the program's 14th Beanpot title and first since 2010 (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 5-ranked Harvard women's hockey team takes part in the highly-touted 35th Annual Women's Beanpot Tournament with a first-round matchup against No. 2 Boston College at Northeastern's Matthews Arena Tuesday at 5 p.m. This year's games will have national implications to go along with having local pride on the line as No. 3 Boston University and Northeastern, who has been in-and-out of the rankings, face off at 8 p.m.
Follow From Home
The Beanpot games will be available to follow via live stats and live video. NESN.com will carry a live stream of each game, with Mark Bates and Eric Steckling on the call, while live stats are also available. Steckling is the usual play-by-play voice of Harvard women's hockey. Also, follow @HarvardCrimson and @HarvardWHockeyy on Twitter for updates from the games.
Beanpot History (Tournament Site)
The Crimson has won 13 Beanpot titles, two short of Northeastern's 15 championships. Boston College has won three and Boston University owns one. Brown also won a Beanpot championship in 1993 when BU did not take part in the event and the tournament existed with three teams in 1994.
Scouting No. 5 Harvard
The Crimson (17-2-2, 14-1-1 ECAC) started the year 16-1-1, but has gone 1-1-1 in its last three games, all having been played on the road. Harvard, which had allowed two goals in only one contest before Jan. 25, has let in at least two goals in each of its last three, but still sits second in the nation with a 0.90 goals-against average. The goaltending tandem of senior Laura Bellamy and Emerance Maschmeyer has led Harvard to its defensive prominence. Bellamy ranks No. 1 in goals-against average (0.79) and tied for first in save percentage (.958), with Maschmeyer ranking second in the nation in GAA (1.10) and third in save percentage (.939).
Offensively, Jillian Dempsey paces the Crimson and is one point away from breaking into Harvard's top 10 for career points. The November and December ECAC Player of the Month has 23 goals and 17 assists this season, while Lyndsey Fry has also contributed 11 goals and 18 assists. The Crimson boasts the nation's fifth-best offense (3.76) has put 40 shots on goal on eight occasions this season, including 43 and 46 attempts in its last two outings, respectively.
Scouting No. 2 Boston College (Team Page)
The underclassmen tandem of sophomore Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa has led Boston College (20-4-2, 13-2-1 HE) to 20 wins this season and the top spot in Hockey East. Carpenter leads the Eagles with 53 points (23 goals, 30 assists), while Skarupa, a newcomer, is second with 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists) this season. Emily Field, a sophomore classmate of Carpenter, has also added 34 points on 11 goals and 23 assists.
Corinne Boyles has been the Eagles top goaltender in 2012-13 and brings a 15-2-0 record to the tournament. She has made 92 percent of saves this season and has allowed 1.85 goals per game. Megan Miller has gone 4-2-2 during nine appearances in goal.
The Crimson leads the all-time series against Boston College, 36-12-0, including a 14-8 record during Beanpot contests. Last season, Harvard lost to Boston College, 4-2, in the consolation game of the Beanpot tournament despite goals from Alisa Baumgartner and Jillian Dempsey.
Beanpot Records - Streaks
All-time – 42-27, L 3
vs. BC – 14-8, L 2 - Last win: Feb. 2, 2010 – Harvard 5, BC 0
vs. BU – 14-2, L 1
vs. NU – 14-16, W 10 - Last loss: Feb. 10, 1998 – NU 5, Harvard 4
vs. Brown – 0-1, L 1
Preliminary – 27-8, L 1 (Two games in 1994)
Consolation – 3-4, L 1
Championship – 13-14, L 1
OT – 6-2, L 1 - Last: 2/6/07 - BC 4, Harvard 3 (3 OT)
SO – 1-0, W 1 - Last: Feb. 8, 2011 - Harvard 3, NU 3 (OT), Harvard wins shootout 2-1
Katey Stone – 27-9, L 3
Related Link: Full Beanpot Results
Last Year's Beanpot
Harvard dropped a 5-2 decision to Boston University in the opener, before falling 4-2 to Boston College in the consolation game. The Terriers went on to lose in the championship to Northeastern, 4-3 (OT), as Casey Pickett scored the overtime tally and took home tournament MVP honors. Florence Shelling of NU was named the Bertagna Award winner, given to the top goalie, after making 43 saves in the title game.
Chu to Enter Hall of Fame
Hall of FameJulie Chu '06-07 will be inducted to the Women's Beanpot Hall of Fame Feb. 5. Chu, who is a three-time Olympian, helped guide the Crimson to three Beanpot championships from 2003-05. She recorded four goals and 17 assists during Beanpot contests, including two goals and three assists in three title game appearances.
Related Link: Julie Chu '06-07 Set to Join Women's Beanpot Hall of Fame
Last Time Out
Jillian Dempsey and Kalley Armstrong each picked up two points, but it was not enough to push the then-No. 3/4 Harvard past Dartmouth last Friday as the teams skated to a 2-2 tie. Dempsey and Armstrong helped the Crimson build a 2-1 lead with goals in the first six minutes of the game that was aired nationally on Fox College Sports Atlantic, before Dartmouth tied the score in the second. Harvard outshot Dartmouth, 43-26.
Related Link: Dartmouth, No. 3/4 Harvard Women's Hockey Skate to 2-2 Tie on FCS Atlantic
Cracking the Top 10
Jillian Dempsey is one point away from breaking into the top ten on Harvard's career points list. With the second of her three goals against Princeton Feb. 25, 2012, Dempsey became the 21st player in Harvard history to collect 100 points in her career.
Harvard senior Laura Bellamy and freshman Emerance Maschmeyer are two of the top goaltenders in the nation. Bellamy ranks No. 1 in goals-against average (0.79) and tied for first in save percentage (.958), with Maschmeyer ranking second in the nation in GAA (1.10) and third in save percentage (.939). The NCAA record for GAA is 0.83 (Jessie Vetter, Wisconsin, 2007), while the save percentage mark is .955 (Christine Dufour, Wisconsin, 2007). Bellamy is on pace to set both national marks.
Related Link: NCAA Statistics
Harvard has denied its opponents in 66 of 71 power-play opportunities this season, including 35 straight kills over the course of 10+ games from Nov. 27 at Northeastern until Jan. 25 at Clarkson. The Crimson kill is the top-ranked unit in the country at 93.0 percent, ahead of Minnesota's 92.1-percent (105/114) mark. The NCAA record for penalty kill percentage is 95.7 percent (112/117), set by the 2003 Crimson.
One of the Greats
Katey Stone is quickly approaching 400 wins for her career, all at Harvard. She will be one of six coaches in all of NCAA Division I hockey (men's or women's) to win 400 games at one school over the last 20 years.
1. Red Berenson, Michigan – 559
2. Jerry York, BC – 461
3. Jack Parker, BU – 460
4. Richard Umile, UNH – 453
5. George Gwozdehy, Denver – 438
6. Katey Stone, Harvard – 395
Dempsey's Hot Streak
Jillian Dempsey ended a 30-game point streak, what was the longest active run in the country, Jan. 18. She has tallied at least one point in 18 of 20 games this season, including a dozen multipoint efforts.
D is the Key
The Crimson's defense, led by the goaltending tandem of Emerance Maschmeyer and Laura Bellamy, has been the second toughest to score on in the country this season. Harvard has allowed 0.90 goals per game to rank second in scoring defense. Minnesota sits in first at 0.79 GAA. The NCAA record for scoring defense is 0.85, set by Wisconsin in 2007, while Harvard's mark of 1.00 in 2008 is the second-best in a single year.
Winning the Kill
Before Harvard's game at Clarkson Jan. 25, the Crimson had scored more goals than opponents while on the penalty kill. Harvard has scored three short-handed goals and had previously allowed two power-play tallies, before Clarkson struck twice with skater-advantages and Dartmouth scored a power-play goal Feb. 1.
Back of the Net
The Crimson's offense has been stellar this season, posting 3.76 goals per game in its first 22 contests. Harvard's offensive output is ranked fifth in the NCAA to combine with its 0.90 goals against average for a 3.00-scoring margin. Only Minnesota (4.86) has a higher mark.
Harvard is undefeated when leading after one period (14-0-1), leading after two periods (14-0-0), scoring first (16-0-2), outshooting opponents (16-0-2), scoring three or more goals (14-0-0), in games decided by three or more goals (11-0-0), and in Ivy League contests (6-0-1).
Armstrong for the Win
Kalley Armstrong has tallied nine goals this season and five have counted as the game-winner, including her OT tally in Harvard's last outing. She currently ranks tied for fifth in the NCAA in the category and has the highest percentage of goals counting as game-winners of any player in the top five.
Unlucky No. 7
Both of Harvard's losses this season have come to a team ranked No. 7 in the polls.
On the Tube
Harvard will be no stranger to televised games this season as the Crimson will be on TV on at least four occasions, including three times in its next four games. Complete list of Harvard TV games:
Nov. 30 at UNH (T, 2-2) - Live Well | FCS Atlantic
Feb. 1 at Dartmouth (T, 2-2) - FCS Atlantic
Feb. 8 vs. Yale - Live Well Network
Feb. 9 vs. Brown - Live Well Network
The Crimson also plays the Beanpot contests on NESN.com.
Up Next - "White the Bright"
Harvard will host its first "White the Bright" game Feb. 8 when archrival Yale visits Bright Hockey Center with the goal of breaking the program's single-game attendance record. The Crimson's record since women's hockey became an NCAA sport is 1,921 fans, set Jan. 11, 2004in a matchup against Dartmouth. Harvard will provide a number of ways to receive free tickets, while also having free giveaways and gameday promotions for fans.
Related Link: Women's Hockey Looks to Break Program's Attendance Record at "White the Bright"