Harvard Edges Past Boston College, 5-4, To Claim 43rd Women's Beanpot

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BOSTON – For the first time since 2015, No. 6/6 Harvard (18-6-0, 13-4-0 ECAC Hockey) is bringing the Beanpot trophy back to Cambridge. An epic Championship Game ended with the Crimson beating neighboring Boston College (17-12-0, 14-8-0 Hockey East), 5-4, on a memorable Tuesday night at Northeastern's Matthews Arena.

Becca Gilmore scored the game-winning goal with less than four minutes of game-time remaining, while Kristin Della Rovere had two tallies in the contest as Harvard overcame a resilient Eagles' team to win its first Beanpot crown in five seasons.

Gilmore earned tournament MVP honors, registering a total of five points across the two games, highlighted by her three-point effort in the finals.

"I think everyone got their money's worth tonight with an incredible hockey game played by both teams," Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, said. We're just ecstatic that we were able to come away with one more than they did. It was hard-fought, energizing, pressure packed and I give all the credit to our players. They played great."

Harvard scored the game's first goal just 2:11 in when Della Rovere converted from long range off a pass from Gilmore. The action in the remainder of the period was plentiful, with Harvard firing 17 shots on goal compared to 14 for the Eagles in the frame. Crimson goaltender Becky Dutton and BC's Abigail Levy each made several difficult saves to limit the period's scoring to the lone goal.

The second frame began quickly with three goals recorded within the first seven minutes. First it was BC's Maddie Crowley-Cahill cashing in on the power-play 57 seconds into the period to tie the game at one. First-year Taze Thompson had the timely response for the Crimson less than three minutes later, intercepting a shot from the point by teammate Mia Biotti before beating Levy five-hole for her second goal of the tournament. However, Boston College soon tied things back up at 6:54 on Crowley-Cahill's second of the game.

The third period saw a frenzy of goals with both teams vying for Championship splendor. The Crimson retook the lead once again off an odd-skater rush at 3:02 in the third that saw first-year Mia Biotti convert the first goal of her collegiate career. Caroline Goffredo drew BC back even at three with her eighth of the season at 6:54, but Della Rovere moved Harvard in front less than four minutes later, stealing the puck in the offensive zone and finding the back of the net for the second time on the night.

The Eagles continued to find equalizers, however. This time, it was first-year Abby Newhook netting her team-leading 17th of the season to knot the game at four with seven minutes left on the clock. With each team in the penalty box and the two teams skating four-on-four, Gilmore had the night's final say at 16:39. The senior crossed the blue-line on the left side of the ice, went around her marker on the backhand side, dragged the puck back to her forehand and finished five-hole for what would be the game-winning score.

Harvard Highlights

- Becca Gilmore scored the game-winning goal while also contributing two assists on her way to earning Tournament MVP honors. It was the fifth consecutive multi-point game for the senior, who has now set a new career-high in points with 36 this season. Gilmore completes her Beanpot career with 10 points on three goals and seven helpers.

- Kristin Della Rovere scored two goals in the game, giving her three total in the 2022 Women's Beanpot. The junior now has 12 points in her last five games. Della Rovere had a game-high total of 13 shots on goal.

- Taze Thomson scored her second goal of the tournament and seventh of the season off an assist from fellow first-year, Mia Biotti. Thomson leads Harvard first-years in goals, while Biotti paces the class in assists (12).

- Biotti scored the first goal of her collegiate career. The first-year completes her first Women's Beanpot with three points (1G, 2A).

- Thompson won a team-high 19 face-offs for the night.

- Becky Dutton earned her third career Beanpot win in goal, making 26 saves in the contest. Dutton is now 3-1-0 in four Beanpot starts.

- Kyra Willoughby and Gilmore each finished the game a team-best +3.

Game Notes

- Harvard earns its 15th Women's Beanpot of all-time and first since 2015. The Crimson improves to 15-15 in Beanpot Championships.

- Harvard moves 42-21-1 all-time against Boston College, including an 18-10-0 record in the Beanpot. The Crimson is now 6-3 vs. the Eagles in Beanpot Finals.

- Harvard never trailed in the Championship Game, nor held more than a one-goal advantage.

- Harvard entered the third period tied for just the second time this season. The first such occasion was vs. BU in the opening round of the tournament.

- The Crimson had 55 shots on goal in the contest, its second highest total in a game this season (Saint Anselm – 64). The Crimson outshot the Eagles 55-30.

- Harvard gained the advantage in faceoffs, winning 36 of the game's 66 draws.

- Boston College was 1-3 on the power-play, while Harvard was scoreless in three opportunities.

- The Crimson has now scored at least five goals in three of its last five games. Over its last 10 games, Harvard has gone 9-1-0 and scored a total of 43 goals (4.30 per game).

Up Next

-Harvard jumps back into ECAC Hockey play this Friday and Saturday when the Crimson begins its final homestand of the regular season vs. Princeton and Quinnipiac. Both games will begin at 7:30 p.m. and can been seen on ESPN+ as well as Stretch Internet internationally.