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oston, MA - The No. 7 Women's ice hockey team defeated Northeastern University on Tuesday night 3-1 at Matthew's Arena in the first round of the 31st annual Women's Beanpot Tournament.
In the 5 p.m. game between Harvard and Boston University, the Crimson defeated the Terriers 8-0 to advance to the championship game next Tuesday at 8 p.m.
With the win the Eagles advance to the championship round next Tuesday to face Harvard.
Both teams got down to business early in the first period with both teams jumping on the scoreboards within the first five minutes.
The Eagles goal came courtesy of junior forward Allie Thunstrom and and freshman forward Mary Restuccia, the current Hockey East Rookie of the Month, and sophomore defenseman Katelyn Kurth.
Kurth cleared the puck out of the BC zone sliding it across to a waiting Thunstrom. Thunstrom pulled the puck off her own blue line and skated up the boards into the Northeastern zone before sliding a pass to the waiting Restuccia at the corner of the crease for the tip-in at 2:38 in the opening frame.
With the dish to Restuccia, Thunstrom tallied the 100th point of her BC career, she is the second Eagle to reach the mark this season, teammate Kelli Stack recorded her 100th point against RPI in October. Only six other women in the history of the program have reached the 100-point mark.
The Huskies did not let BC enjoy their lead however, jumping on the offensive from the face-off and maintaining possession in the Eagles zone, senior Ali Bielawski fired a shot from the face-off circle that beat junior goaltender Molly Schaus on her stickside at 3:14 in the first.Despite two power play opportunities late in the period BC was unable to use Northeastern's man down play to their advantage and the teams entered the second period tied at one.
BC killed off two penalties in the second period and put seven shots on net, but couldn't manage to break the tie.
With the clock winding down, Northeastern's Kristi Kehoe managed to pull a loose puck in the BC zone and breakaway from the pack. Kehoe tried to deke Schaus but was stifled in her attempt and the second period expired with the score tied at one.
The Eagles started the third frame on a power play after the Huskies were whistled for tripping late in second. On their third attempt of the game BC converted the man advantage with seven seconds left on the call. Passing through traffic in the crease Stack redirected Danielle Welch's pass to Becky Zavisza who fired it to the back of the net for her sixth goal of the season and the 2-1 lead.
BC moved ahead 3-1 with a shorthanded tally in the middle of the third off a give-and-go between Stack and Thunstrom. With the Huskies on a power play in the Eagles zone, Stack grabbed the puck after Northeastern dumped it into the corner and skated up the boards before passing to Thunstrom near center ice. Thunstrom skated in on Huskies netminder Leah Sulyma before passing across the crease to Stack for the goal.
The Eagles outshot the Huskies 30-to-25 and Schaus made 24 saves on the night.
BC is back to regular season action this weekend with a two game home series against Maine on Saturday Jan. 7 and Sun. Jan. 8 at 1 p.m.