It had been 363 days since Harvard last won a game in overtime. The women's hockey team could not have picked a better time to end the streak.
"We're fortunate to have big-game players," Harvard Coach Katey Stone said. "Botts, Tammy, Kalen, and Kiirsten all came to play today."
Junior co-captain Jennifer Botterill scored 6:35 into the first overtime to lift the No. 6 Crimson over No. 9 Northeastern 4-3.
"Botterill was in the right spot at the right time and she knows how to finish," Stone said. "That's just a great testament to her feel for the game."
The last time Harvard skated off the ice with an overtime win was in the 2000 Beanpot final against Northeastern. Botterill pocketed the OT winner that night on a beautiful feed from senior winger Tammy Shewchuk.
It is the third straight year that Harvard has defeated Northeastern in the Beanpot with a goal from Botterill in overtime.
"Northeastern is a great team and they've had a hold on the Beanpot for a long time," Stone said. "I'm very, very proud that we've continued to dominate the Beanpot for the last three years."
A year between overtime victories was a long stretch, however, especially for a team that once prided itself on being able to win the tight games when it mattered most.
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