In a game full of big plays and even bigger stops, the No. 5 Harvard women’s hockey team went up against No. 2 Boston College in the first round of the 35th Annual Beanpot Tournament.
“Massive defensive zone breakdowns in the third period killed us,” Crimson coach Katey Stone said. “Otherwise, it was a pretty good game. We did a lot of things really well.”
The final of three third period goals proved to be the difference as Harvard fell at Northeastern’s Matthews Arena by a final score of 2-1.
“When we needed to we didn’t take care of our own end,” Stone said. “It cost us big. You can’t afford that against good teams.”
The decisive goal came off the stick of Taylor Wasylk, who was able to get behind the defense and knock it through freshman goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer’s pads.
“I saw an opening and went to the net,” Wasylk said. “Lexi [Bender] made an awesome play and hit me. I didn’t even know it was coming. It just kind of hit my stick and went in.”
Despite chances in the first two periods, the Crimson was unable to put one in the net.
Co-captain Jillian Dempsey came close, though, at the end of both periods. With less than 60 seconds left in the first, Dempsey shot a high attempt at net that was put aside by Eagles goaltender Corrine Boyles.
At the end of the second, a leading pass found a streaking Dempsey who, all alone, couldn’t slide it past Boyles. Boyles finished with 40 saves on the night.
On the other end on the ice, Maschmeyer had a career high 34 saves of her own. Both goalies had shutouts going well into the third.
Maschmeyer’s previous two games against ranked opponents, No. 2 Cornell and No. 9 Northeastern, ended in a pair of 3-1 victories.
The first converted opportunity in Tuesday’s contest came when junior forward Gina McDonald collected a puck behind the goal and sent it along to freshman forward Mary Parker, who was able to collect her own rebound and send it barreling into the back of the net. The goal was Parker’s fourth of the season.
Less than three minutes later, Boston College answered with some pretty passing of its own and put Dana Trivigno in the perfect position to slap the puck over Maschmeyer’s pads.
The night concluded Harvard’s longest scoring drought of the year. Going back to the last two periods of Friday’s game against Dartmouth, the squad went four frames without punching one past an opposing goaltender.
Despite amassing a combined nine shots, the Crimson failed to convert on three power play opportunities.