Harvard Downs Boston University, 4-1, To Open 43rd Women's Beanpot

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BOSTON, Mass. – A three-goal third period sent No. 6/8 Harvard (16-5, 12-3 ECAC Hockey) into the Championship Round of the 43rd Women's Beanpot as the Crimson took down Boston University (10-10-4) on Tuesday at Matthews Arena, 4-1.

Anne Bloomer scored two goals in the final frame while Taze Thompson and Kristin Della Rovere also lit the lamp, helping Harvard pull away from the Terriers late to pick up its first Beanpot win since 2019. Becky Dutton won her seventh consecutive start in goal, improving her record to 11-2-0 for the season.

Harvard now advances to the Beanpot final for the 30th time in program history. The Crimson are 14-15 in 29 previous appearances.

There were no goals to be had in period number one, despite persistent offensive pressure from the Crimson. Harvard outshot the Terriers 18-5 in the period, while Anne Bloomer fired six shots on net herself. Both teams had one power-play opportunity in the opening 20 minutes but failed to convert.

The game's first goal came just 1:14 into the second period. Brooke Jovanovich led the Harvard break, skating the puck the length of the ice before dropping it off for Taze Thompson, who went five-hole on Terriers' goaltender Kate Stuart to make it 1-0. That score stood for nearly 15 minutes of game play before BU's Lacey Martin converted in front off a backhand pass from Haylee Blinkhorn at 3:53, tying the score ahead of the second intermission.

The Crimson opened the flood gates 9:21 into the third period with a goal from Bloomer. Bloomer took a pass from Becca Gilmore right down the center of the attacking zone and finished it up and over Stuart's blocker to give Harvard the lead back.

Just under six minutes later, Bloomer found the back of the net again, putting the Crimson up 3-1 with 4:44 remaining in the contest. The junior stole the puck from a Terrier defenseman at the red line and turned it up ice, faking a pass just over the blue line and zipping a wrist shot past the outstretched glove of the goaltender that dinged off the post and into the back of the net.

The Crimson would add one final goal 79 seconds later, this time from Kristin Della Rovere. After getting the puck out of the defensive zone, Della Rovere flicked it to herself off the boards, regained possession crossing the blue line and finished past Stuart with a quick wrist shot.

Harvard Highlights

- Harvard extends its current win-streak to seven games, a season-long mark.

- Becky Dutton made 21 saves and picked up her seventh straight win in goal.

- Anne Bloomer's two goals brought her to 17 on the season. The 17 goals are a new career-high for the junior, who scored 15 during her sophomore season in 2019-20. Bloomer has now scored nine goals in Harvard's last six games.

- Taze Thompson registered her sixth goal of the season, the most among Crimson first-years.

- Kristin Della Rovere picked up her ninth goal of the 2021-22 campaign. The junior has points in 17 of 21 games for the season.

- Becca Gilmore contributed two assists in the game. Gilmore is up to a team-high 28 points for the year.

- Anne Bloomer, Kyra Willoughby, Kristin Della Rovere and Emma Buckles finished the game +2.

- Bloomer had a team-high 10 shots on goal in the contest, while Taze Thompson recorded nine.

Game Notes

- The contest marked the first Women's Beanpot game since Feb. 11, 2020, a span of 721 days. The 2021 tournament was canceled due to COVID-19.

- Harvard improves to 29-14-1 in the opening round of the Beanpot all-time.

- Harvard outshot BU, 49-22 in the contest. The Crimson is 12-0-0 this season when outshooting its opponent.

- Harvard went 25-16 at the faceoff dot. It is the 19th time in 21 games in which the Crimson has gained an advantage in faceoffs over its opponent. Taze Thompson led the way with 12 draws won on the day.

- Harvard is now 27-13-2 all-time vs. Boston University and 19-4-1 against the Terriers in Beanpot play.

- Harvard went a perfect two for two on the penalty-kill in the game. The team has not allowed a power-play goal by the opposition in its last five games.

- Harvard scored at least four goals for the 12th time this season. Over its current seven-game win streak, the Crimson has scored a total of 30 goals, good for 4.29 goals per game.

- The game marks the first time this season that Harvard has entered the third period in a tied game.

- Harvard is now 3-0-0 against Hockey East opponents and 4-2-0 in non-conference play.

Up Next

Harvard resumes ECAC Hockey action this weekend as the team heads on a road trip to face Colgate and Cornell on Friday and Saturday. Both games will drop the puck at 2 p.m. The Crimson will then be back at Matthews Arena on Feb. 8 for the Beanpot Championship game against the winner of Northeastern and Boston College.