When it comes to the Beanpot, winning games in overtime has become something of a tradition for the Crimson women’s hockey team. And it’s junior standout Jennifer Botterill who has proved to be the team’s resident stickler for tradition.
Two years ago in the first round of the tournament, Botterill scored in overtime to lift Harvard past Northeastern, 7-6. The Crimson then went on to shut out Boston College in the championship game. And last year, the Crimson earned their second consecutive Beanpot title against Northeastern when Botterill scored a goal after the end of regulation.
In the Championship game last Tuesday night against Northeastern, Botterill registered her astonishing third consecutive game-winning goal in Beanpot competition good for a 4-3 win and Harvard’s seventh Beanpot title.
Sophomore Karen Ingram opened the scoring for the Crimson with less than two minutes remaining in the first period. The Huskies responded with an offensive blitz, netting three goals in less then seven minutes.
A Harvard rally in the final period which included goals by Botterill and senior Kiirsten Suurkask deadlocked the game at 3, setting up the extra period and the customary heroics of Jennifer Botterill.
The Harvard women’s hockey team (15-7-0, 6-2-0 Ivy) take on Ivy rival Dartmouth (19-1-1, 8-0 Ivy) this Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Bright Hockey Center.