Feb. 5, 2013
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Terriers Begin Beanpot Quests | 35 Years in, Women's Beanpot Provides Lifelong Memories (GoNU.com)
The No. 3 Boston University women's ice hockey team will begin its quest for its first Beanpot title as a varsity program when the Terriers trek to Northeastern to face the host Huskies in the second semifinal of the 35th annual Women's Beanpot. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m., with Boston College and Harvard taking the ice for the first semifinal at 5 p.m.
Students, faculty and staff from each of the four participating schools will be admitted free of charge with a valid student ID. For those that cannot make it to Matthews Arena, the game will be streamed for free online.
BU (18-3-3, 13-2-1 WHEA) and Northeastern (14-10-2, 8-7-1 WHEA) met in last year's title game at Walter Brown Arena, with the Huskies escaping with a 4-3 overtime victory. Kayla Tutino tallied two goals and Shannon Stoneburgh also lit the lamp.
The Terriers' lone Beanpot title came in 1981 when the BU club team claimed the 'Pot in the tournament's third year of existence. That year, BU defeated Northeastern, 4-0, in the semifinal round before the Terriers topped Boston College by the same score in the championship contest.
This is the second time in program history that BU will enter the Beanpot ranked third, as the Terriers are one of the hottest teams in the nation. BU tied its longest unbeaten streak in program history on Saturday with a 4-2 win against Northeastern. It was the team's seventh straight win and the triumph extended the Terriers' unbeaten streak to 13 games, which is the second longest such streak in the NCAA.
The Terriers are 3-0-0 this season against the Huskies and have outscored them by a 13-7 margin. Junior co-captain Marie-Philip Poulin still leads the Terriers in points (35) and assists (23), while freshman Sarah Lefort's 15 goals is tops on the team. Junior goaltender Kerrin Sperry, the reigning Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week, has allowed two goals or fewer in six of her last seven starts.
Two individual milestones may be reached on Tuesday night, as head coach Brian Durocher is one win away from his 150th career victory and senior Isabel Menard is two assists shy of 100 for her career. She had three helpers against the Huskies on Saturday.
NU enters the Beanpot having won three of its last four games, with the lone loss coming on Saturday at BU. Sophomore Kendall Coyne leads the Huskies in points (46), goals (26) and assists (20). Seniors Casey Pickett and Rachel Llanes are each tied for second on the squad with 27 points. Junior Kelsey O'Sullivan was between the pipes for the Huskies on Saturday; on the season, she has a 3.03 goals-against average and an .887 save percentage.
Following Tuesday's tilt, the Terriers will welcome New Hampshire to Walter Brown Arena on Saturday (Feb. 9). Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m.