February 9, 2011

BC, Harvard advance to Women's Beanpot final

Boston College's Kelli Stack had a goal and an assist to help defeat Boston University in the opening round of the Women's Beanpot. Stack's two points gave her 199 for her career, breaking BC's previous all-time scoring record. (photo: John Quackenbos)

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Two combination goals between Kelli Stack and Mary Restuccia gave the seventh-ranked Boston College women an early edge, and they held on for a 2-1 win over No. 3 Boston University in the opening round of the 33rd Women’s Beanpot on Tuesday at Conte Forum.

The Eagles (19-5-4) will play No. 10 Harvard in the Beanpot championship here next Tuesday. The defending champion Crimson rallied from three goals down and beat Northeastern in a shootout, 4-3, in the early semifinal.

Stack’s two points totaled 199 in her career, enough to break the previous all-time record and become BC’s new career points leader.

“I’m really excited for our team. I thought our kids worked extremely hard through three periods,” said BC coach Katie King (Salem, N.H.). “We were able to get the job done and did what it took to come out with a win. That is a great team over there and our kids did a really good job.”

With three seconds remaining in the opening period, Stack fed Restuccia at the top of the crease, and she slipped the goal in between BU goaltender Kerrin Sperry’s (North Reading, Mass.) pads.

Stack netted what turned out to be the game-winning goal at 5:36 of the final period, taking a pass from Restuccia in front of the goal and sending it home.

“Mary’s one of the best playmakers I have ever played with. I knew that if I stayed out high in the slot, I would get the puck,” Stack said. “Sure enough, it was right on my tape; all I had to do was fire it.”

BU (22-4-3) retaliated with its first score of the game — Holly Lorms from Kasey Boucher — at 6:13, but the Eagles and goalie Molly Schaus (33 saves) were able to hold on to the lead.

“(Schaus is) a great goaltender, and she really showed that today,” King said. “She came up big for us at times. She is very aware and knows where the other team is almost at all times. She had quite a few shots at the end there with those power plays they got, and she did a great job.”

BU outshot BC, 34-14. Sperry finished with 12 saves.

In the early semifinal, Harvard found itself trailing 3-0 after Northeastern’s Lori Antflick scored early in the second period. But goals by Kate Buesser (Wolfeboro, N.H), Ashley Wheeler and Marissa Gedman (Framingham, Mass.) sent the game to overtime.

Despite outshooting the Huskies (14-9-6) by a count of 5-0 in overtime, the Crimson couldn’t muster the game-winner, and the contest turned to a best-of-three shootout.

Jillian Dempsey (Winthrop, Mass.) took the first shot for the Crimson and put Harvard up 1-0 by beating goalie Leah Sulyma (32 saves). The Crimson held that lead until Alyssa Wohlfeiler, Northeastern’s second shooter, bested Laura Bellamy (15 saves) to tie the score at 1.

Josephine Pucci was next to go for Harvard, and the sophomore blueliner fired a shot past Sulyma for a 2-1 lead. One more save from Bellamy on the Huskies’ final attempt sealed the victory for the Crimson.