WIH Title Defense Underway on Tuesday at 34th Annual Women's Beanpot
Jan. 30, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The fourth-ranked Boston College women's ice hockey team opens the 34th Annual Women's Beanpot against No. 7 Northeastern on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. in Walter Brown Arena. The Eagles are the defending champions and seek their fifth title in seven years. No. 8 Harvard and BU meet in the 8 p.m. semifinal.
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, by calling 800-745-3000 or at BU's Agganis Arena Ticket Office. The price is set at $5 for the general public, $3 for children aged 12 and under as well as seniors.
Students from participating schools are entitled to one free ticket per valid student ID. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $2 per. Students and groups must pick up tickets on game days in either Walter Brown or Agganis. Tix: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/01004786A8C39038?artistid=1096756&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=9
The Eagles and the Huskies are tied for first place in the Hockey East with 24 points, but this skate with not count towards the conference standings. Boston College already clinched the regular-season series with Northeastern, having won twice and playing to a 1-1 tie nearly two weeks ago. However, both teams are looking to regain footing in a final push for the postseason after a loss to Boston University last week.
BC has been producing 2.78 goals per game, while allowing 2.00 per contest. NU tops the league with 3.48 gpg and a 1.64 goals against average. The sides are virtually even on the power play, as the Eagles have a 16.8 percent efficiency versus 16.1 from the Huskies, but Northeastern boasts a plus-12 rating in special teams net compared to BC's minus-1.
Freshman Alex Carpenter (14g, 12a) and Emily Field (6g, 15 a) lead Boston College with 26 and 21 points, respectively. However the hot hands had belonged to senior Mary Restuccia junior Ashley Motherwell. Restuccia, the 2011 Beanpot MVP, rattled off nine points (1g, 8a) in seven games, while Motherwell delivered 10 points (6g, 4a) in nine skates before having their streaks end last Tuesday.
In addition to the Boston College defense being charged with stopping one of the nation's best offenses and the country's top scoring rookie in Kendall Coyne (1.70 ppg), the 10th ranked Eagles back-line is also looked to for point production. Sophomore Jackie Young leads the league with 16 points (6g, 10a) by a defenseman, while junior Dru Burns (3g, 11a) is tied for second, with classmate Blake Bolden (6g, 7a) and freshman Emily Pfalzer (5g, 8a) are fourth.
The meeting also features the conference's two best goalies. Junior Corinne Boyles carries a .925 save percentage and 2.00 goals against average into the first round, while NU's Florence Schelling has tallied a .944 save percentage and 1.54 GAA.
The Eagles have only repeated a Beanpot Champion on one occassion. In 2007, BC fended off Harvard, 4-3, and then BU, 6-1, to claim a second straight tournament crown. That squad eventually went on to the make the school's first appearance at the NCAA Frozen Four.