CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its Thanksgiving-eve tilt, the Harvard women's hockey team (4-3-1, 3-1-1 ECAC) was unable to overcome No. 3/3 Boston College (11-1-2, 5-0-2 WHEA), dropping an 8-1 decision on Wednesday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
Just 1:27 into the game, Boston College took a 1-0 lead and never looked back. After the opening period, the Eagles had a 3-0 lead capped off by a power-play tally with 17 seconds on the clock. Early in the second, Boston College took a 4-0 lead before Haley Mullins fired off a rebound from Kaitlin Tse to cut the deficit to three. Boston College would go on to score three more times in the second, extending its lead to 7-1. In the final period, Boston College was only able to get one of 13 shots past Becky Dutton, who appeared in her second career game. Dutton stopped 12 shots, improving her season save percentage to .906.
The Eagles were led by Caitrin Lonergan and Makenna Newkirk who potted two goals apiece while 10 other players saw their name on the final scoresheet. For just the second time this season, Harvard was outshot by its opponent, the Eagles landing a 39-28 advantage. Both squads found success on the power-play, Harvard converting on one of three opportunities and Boston College cashing in on two of five opportunities.
On defense, Harvard blocked 13 shots to Boston College's 10, including a game high four blocks from Ali Peper, who also notched an assist on Mullins' goal.
The Crimson will return to the ice after the Thanksgiving holiday for a Saturday afternoon Hockey East matchup with New Hampshire. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. and all Crimson fans are invited to bring their skates for a postgame Skate with the Crimson event. For Saturday's game, children under 12 will also receive FREE admission to the game. Tickets can be pre-ordered online at tickets.GoCrimson.com using the promo code CRIMSONYOUTH or can be purchased at the door. For fans unable to make it in person, Saturday's tilt will also air live on NESN.