The scoring output was Harvard's highest of the season (Jim Pierce).
BOSTON – Skating in the highest-scoring Beanpot consolation since 1999, Harvard women's hockey played to a 6-6 tie in overtime with Boston University on Tuesday night at Matthews Arena.
Junior Haley Mullins scored two goals and had three points, while classmate Lexie Laing had one goal and three points to lead the Harvard offense. Senior Sydney Daniels tallied two points of her own, on a goal and assist, while junior Chelsea Ziadie and sophomore Kate Hallett also found the back of the net. Freshman Beth Larcom got the start between the pipes, making 27 saves and dishing one assist.
The Terriers struck first at 9:36 in the opening frame after a rebound was punched home by Nina Rodgers. It took just three minutes for Harvard to respond, however, with Mullins potting a power play goal at 12:43. Hughes found Laing behind the net, who threaded the needle to Mullins for a tap in at the far post. The goal was Mullins' seventh of the season, while Hughes and Laing tallied their eighth and 10th assists, respectively.
Boston University regained the lead with a goal from Elia at 4:54 in the second, but the lead was short-lived as Mullins sniped her second goal of the game to even the score, 2-2. Daniels found Mullins on the right side, who was able to dodge a pair of Terriers and fire home the game-tying goal. Her career-best second goal of the game was her eighth of the season, while Daniels pitched in her fifth assist.
In a wild sequence a few minutes later, Ziadie scored from the opposite end of the ice after a goaltending miscue by Boston University, giving Harvard a 3-2 lead. Following a save from Larcom, Ziadie whipped the puck down the ice, which played off of Erin O'Neil's stick and into the net. The goal was Ziadie's second of the season, while Larcom was credited her first-career assist.
Capping a high-octane second frame, Victoria Bach tied the game with a rebound at 17:56 in the second period. The Terriers then took a 4-3 lead 5:15 into the third after a goal from Rebecca Leslie.
Just 10 seconds following the score from Leslie, Harvard answered back with a hard-hit snipe from Daniels. Mullins was able to tap loose the puck to Daniels in the high slot, who was able to control before letting loose a cannon into the top corner. The score was Daniels' team-leading ninth goal of the year, while Mullins earned her fourth helper.
The Terriers scored again off the stick of Mary Parker to take a 5-4 lead; but, the Crimson again responded with a goal to level the game, 5-5, when Laing tipped the puck over the goaltender and across the goal line. Freshman Ali Peper fired an attempt to open the sequence, and classmate Val Turgeon following with the shot that allowed Laing to redirect the puck past O'Neil. The score was Laing's sixth on the season, while Turgeon and Peper notched their seventh and third assists, respectively.
Continuing the cardiac trend of the battle, Parker gave Boston University another lead, 6-5, after a rebound at 14:00. Not to be outdone, Harvard equalized for the fifth time in the game after Laing and senior Briana Mastel found Hallett for the game-tying goal with 1:01 left to play. The score was the second on the year for Hallett, while Laing and Mastel recorded their 11th and 10th assists.
After a six-goal third period, neither team could find the back of the net in overtime, leaving the teams deadlocked to share third place at the 2017 Beanpot. Harvard's 10th overtime game of the season added to its school record set earlier in the month.
The Crimson hits the road this weekend for ECAC Hockey battles at Union and Rensselaer Feb. 10-11. They will be broadcast on the schools' respective websites.