The 2016 Women’s Beanpot

The 38th Women’s Beanpot Tournament

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Host: Boston University

Games:

Tuesday, February 2nd

5 PM EST – Boston College vs. Harvard

8 PM EST – Boston University vs. Northeastern

Tuesday, February 9th

5 PM EST – Consolation

8 PM EST – Championship

Streaming: Boston University will be handling streaming duties as the host.  Game links are available on their schedule page.  It looks like they will be free, but it’s unclear at this point.

Last year I broke down the history of the tournament, focusing on the performances of each of the schools in question.  (Part 1, Part 2)  I don’t want to rehash that all over again so this year let’s break down each of the four schools involved in alphabetical order.

Boston College Eagles

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Record: 27-0-0

Last 10: 10-0-0 (Didn’t even have to look that one up)

Last Title: 2014

2015 Beanpot Results:

WON Semifinals vs. Northeastern 3-1

LOST Championship vs. Harvard 3-2

Prognosis: The Eagles are the prohibitive favorites to win their sixth Beanpot trophy as NCAA Division I Hockey’s lone undefeated team.  They’ll get a chance to get revenge in their first round matchup too, drawing Harvard who defeated them in the championship last season.

The Eagles are not only the deepest team in the tournament, but boast arguably its best player in Alex Carpenter.  Carpenter and teammate Haley Skarupa have combined for 54 goals and 112 points this season.  For comparison, Northeastern’s top pair of Kendall Coyne and Denisa Krizova stand at 51 and 110 while BU’s Rebecca Leslie and Victoria Bach hit 25 and 71, and Harvard’s Miye D’Oench and Sydney Daniels land at 20 and 40.

Prediction: 2-0 winners over Harvard.  Champions over Northeastern 5-2

Boston University Terriers

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Record: 17-9-2

Last 10: 6-2-2

Last Title: 1981 (Only title)

2015 Beanpot Results:

LOST Semifinals vs. Harvard 9-2

WON Consolation vs. Northeastern 3-1

Prognosis: Last year might have been BU’s year, but they were blown out by the Crimson in the opening round.  This year’s team isn’t as good with Marie-Philip Poulin gone and they face a tough matchup in a glory-hungry Northeastern squad.

If the Terriers have an X-factor, it’s Sarah Lefort.  Lefort had a slow start to the season, but has been on a tear of late with 26 points in her last 16 games after notching just four in her first nine.

The Terriers also boast loads of experience with nine seniors having seen the ice this season.  Three of them, Lefort, Rebecca Russo, and Kayla Tutino, round out their top five in scoring.  They’ve also got a solid trio of senior blue-liners in Alexis Crossley, Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga, and Alexis Woloschuk.

Prediction: 5-3 losers to Northeastern.  3-2 Winners over Harvard in the Consolation game.

Harvard Crimson

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Record: 12-8-1

Last 10: 4-6-0

Last Title: 2015

2015 Beanpot Results:

WON Semifinals vs. Boston University 9-2

WON Championship vs. Boston College 3-2

Prognosis: The Crimson find themselves in an odd spot this year.  Usually Harvard is at least contending for an ECAC title, if not a national title, but this they’re in the middle of the pack in both regards.  They just lost too much to seniority last season and superstar goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer can’t make up the difference.

That said, the Crimson have a habit of getting brutally outplayed for long stretches but still winning games because of Maschmeyer.  She was a huge difference-maker in last year’s championship and if the Eagles have trouble scoring, or get down early, she could turn the tide once again.

Prediction: 2-0 losers to Boston College.  3-2 losers to Boston University in the Consolation game.

Northeastern Huskies

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Record: 23-4-1

Last 10: 10-0-0

Last Title: 2013

2015 Beanpot Results:

LOST Semifinals vs. Boston College 3-1

LOST Consolation vs. Boston University 3-1

Prognosis: Northeastern has lost just four games this season, three of them to Beanpot teams (Boston College twice and Harvard.  Their other loss was, weirdly, Lindenwood.)

The Huskies put together some questionable stretches of hockey, but when they’re on, they can outscore anyone.  They’ve won 12 straight and scored four or more goals in 11 of those games, averaging an even 5.0 goals per game over that stretch.  Their defending hasn’t been half bad either with 1.5 goals allowed in the 12 games.

Everyone knows just how good Kendall Coyne is, but Northeastern boasts a pretty solid supporting cast.  In addition to Krizova, Hayley Scamurra, Jordan Krause, Paige Savage, and Shelby Herrington all boast over 20 points on the season.  Look for Herrington to do some damage.  The 6-1 forward is a force to be reckoned with.

Prediction: 5-3 winners over Boston University.  5-2 Losers to Boston College in the Championship game.

 

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