No. 5 Northeastern downs No. 15 Boston College to win 18th women's Beanpot title
No. 5 Northeastern defeats No. 15 BC in 44th women's Beanpot championship
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – For the 18th time, Northeastern is women's Beanpot champions.
The No. 5 Huskies knocked off No. 15 Boston College with a 2-1 victory at Conte Forum on Tuesday, extending their lead for the most titles in the tournament.
The Eagles, this year's hosts, are runners-up for the second year in a row after bowing out to Harvard last season.
Maureen Murphy took home tournament MVP with the eventual game-winning goal after two goals and an assist against Boston University in last week's semifinals. Gwyneth Philips (27 saves) earned the Bertagna Award as the tournament's top goaltender, allowing just two goals on a combined 55 shots through the two games.
IT'S A HUSKY BEANPOT SWEEP! 🐺@GoNUwhockey takes the Beanpot championship!#NCAAHockey pic.twitter.com/ddVy3CuXEm— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) February 15, 2023
Mia Brown opened the scoring for NU with 10:40 to go in the first when she redirected the puck to the top left corner off Megan Carter's wrist shot on the power play.
Murphy doubled the lead with another deflection goal nearly halfway through the second, getting a stick on Jules Constantinople's shot from distance.
Abigail Levy (34 saves) was busy all night for BC, keeping them in it for a late push when co-captain Hannah Bilka got them on the board. Bilka found a loose puck in the slot and buried it to cut it to 2-1 with 1:34 left in regulation.
For Northeastern, it's their first title since 2020 when they knocked off BU in double overtime. It's also their third title since 2010. The Eagles are without a ring since 2018.
Our gals.#HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/nejKsN347c— Northeastern Women’s Hockey (@GoNUwhockey) February 15, 2023
FINAL: Northeastern wins 18th Beanpot title 🏆
The Huskies hang on to take it, 2-1, downing Boston College to claim their 18th women's Beanpot title.
Gwyneth Philips (27 saves) earned the Bertagna Award as the tournament's top goaltender, while Maureen Murphy took home MVP honors.
Boston, this is for you#HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/sA9iaAV4Xb— Northeastern Women’s Hockey (@GoNUwhockey) February 15, 2023
GOAL! 🚨 BC gets one back | 3rd – 1:34
Hannah Bilka gets the Eagles on the board with 1:34 left in regulation to cut it to 2-1.
Bilka found the loose puck in the slot and buried it past Philips.
Bilka pulls one back!— Boston College Women's Hockey (@BC_WHockey) February 15, 2023
2-1 with under a minute left. pic.twitter.com/o1FabcER6A
END 2ND: NU has a 2️⃣-goal lead
Through two periods, it's 2-0 in favor of Northeastern, thanks to Maureen Murphy's deflection.
Abigail Levy has been busy in goal for Boston College as shots on goal are 29-16 in favor of the Huskies.
Time to bring it on home. #HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/7oJ06EhDD9— Northeastern Women’s Hockey (@GoNUwhockey) February 15, 2023
GOAL! 🚨 Northeastern adds insurance | 2nd – 12:20
The Huskies come through in front of the crease again as Maureen Murphy redirects Jules Constantinople's shot from distance to make it 2-0 for NU.
Tip it on home.— Northeastern Women’s Hockey (@GoNUwhockey) February 15, 2023
💻 https://t.co/KOVf506U0l#HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/oyq2apP5w2
END 1ST: Northeastern leads by 1️⃣
Through the opening 20 minutes, the Huskies take a 1-0 lead into the room, thanks to Mia Brown's redirect.
Shots on goal are 13-6, Northeastern.
Tell ya what, this feels like home.— Northeastern Women’s Hockey (@GoNUwhockey) February 15, 2023
💻 https://t.co/KOVf506maN#HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/InjC0wH0Lq
GOAL! 🚨 Huskies open the scoring | 1st – 10:40
Northeastern gets on the board first with a power play goal just before the midway point of the opening period.
Megan Carter put the puck on goal and Mia Irving came up with a perfect redirection in front of the crease, sending the puck to the top left corner.
MIA BROWN WE LOVE YOU. #HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/BeXWTJj5oR— Northeastern Women’s Hockey (@GoNUwhockey) February 15, 2023
The game is on 🔥
The puck is down and we're underway in the women's Beanpot final between Northeastern and BC.
That'll get 'em going. @Skylar_Fontaine | #HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/wKjydYmB7T— Northeastern Women’s Hockey (@GoNUwhockey) February 15, 2023
Puck-drop is about 20 minutes away 🍿
Tonight's women's Beanpot final between Northeastern and Boston College is nearly here. The Huskies, who last won in 2020, are looking for their 18th title to pad their lead for the most rings. As for the Eagles, last year's runners-up, they're vying for their ninth championship, last winning in 2018.
Here are tonight's lineups:
Lines for todays women’s Beanpot final between Northeastern and Boston College pic.twitter.com/LamboWv8hg— Patrick Donnelly (@PatDonn12) February 14, 2023
The women's Beanpot concludes tonight 👀
We're back at Conte Forum where No. 5 Northeastern will take on hosts No. 15 Boston College for the women's Beanpot title. Puck-drop is set for 7:30 p.m.
Beanpot week concludes at Conte Forum today. Lot of offense between BU and Harvard in the consolation right now. Northeastern and BC battle for the championship at 7:30 pic.twitter.com/kNKpOZC1Xy— Patrick Donnelly (@PatDonn12) February 14, 2023
How to watch the women's Beanpot championship 📺
Tuesday's Beanpot championship is the standalone women's college hockey action across the nation as the historic and perennially nail-biting tournament kicks off a busy week.
Here's how to keep up with the action:
Northeastern vs. Boston College:
- When: 7:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, Feb. 14
- Where: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
- Watch live: NESN+ and ESPN+ (subscription required)
- Live stats: NCAA.com | Boston College
- Rosters: Northeastern | Boston College
Boston University vs. Harvard:
- When: 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, Feb. 14
- Where: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
- Watch live: NESN+ and ESPN+ (subscription required)
- Live stats: Boston College
- Rosters: Boston University | Harvard
NEED TO KNOW: Click or tap here for a comprehensive 2023 women's Beanpot preview
How Northeastern and Boston College got here 📝
The semifinals was a tale of two different wins as Northeastern's top line showed out against BU, while the Eagles got goals from three separate blue-liners. Each benefitted from strong goaltending as well.
Alina Müller (1g, 1a), Chloé Aurard (2a) and Maureen Murphy (2g, 1a) showed out, combining for three goals and seven points in the game.
Murphy got the scoring started less than 10 minutes into the game on a perfectly executed 2-on-1 that saw her slip through the BU defense before roofing a backhander.
The Terriers got on the board early in the second when Brooke Disher put a loose puck top shelf from the slot, but the Huskies answered less than two minutes later when Murphy completed a tic-tac-toe passing play with her linemates, highlighted by a no-look feed from Aurard.
Müller added insurance about five minutes into the third, picking the top left corner on Brändli, a fellow Swiss national. Brändli (41 saves) did all she could as BU tried to mount a late push, but it was no use as Taze Thompson added an empty-netter with less than a second to go on the clock to seal the Huskies’ 14th straight win.
Huskies advance to the Women's Beanpot finals!@hockey_east | @GoNUwhockey pic.twitter.com/PQoDNCqfDR— NESN (@NESN) February 8, 2023
In the nightcap, the Eagles found timely scoring against a shorthanded Crimson squad, dressing just 16 skaters.
Co-captain Cayla Barnes opened the scoring less than five minutes in, streaking into the slot and redirecting Caroline Goffredo’s pass off the rush.
Keri Clougherty’s first of the season extended it to 2-0 in the second when the blue-liner walked in from the point and blasted home a loose puck. Sidney Fess added another from long range, also her first of the year, to make it 3-0 on the power play with 37.4 seconds to go in the period.
In the third period, Abigail Levy stood tall, stopping all 15 shots Harvard threw at her en route to a 30-save shutout.
Eagles soar back to the Women's Beanpot championship@BC_WHockey | @hockey_east pic.twitter.com/wOtmqiqiEO— NESN (@NESN) February 8, 2023
Northeastern and Boston College's history in the Beanpot 🏆
This will mark the seventh time that the Huskies and the Eagles have met in the Beanpot championship over the tournament's now-44-year history.
Northeastern downed BC, 3-1, in the inaugural title game in 1979. They squared off in four of five championships from 2012-17 with the Eagles winning three of the four. Overall, the Huskies are 4-3-0 in the championship against the Eagles.
Northeastern has the most Beanpots all-time with 17, last winning in 2020 in overtime against BU. They're 16-11-1 in the championship game and are 14-11-1 against BC in the tournament, overall.
The Eagles have eight titles with their most recent ring coming in 2018 when they knocked off the Terriers in overtime. They're 8-11-0 in the championship.
Comparing Northeastern and Boston College 📊
Northeastern is one of, if not the best team on the east coast top-to-bottom right now.
They have won 15 in a row, including a 4-1 result against rival Boston University in the semifinals. The top line of Alina Müller, Chloé Aurard (17g, 27g) and Maureen Murphy (17g, 25a) has been on a tear, combining for three goals and seven points against the Terriers. Gwyneth Philips leads the nation in save percentage, goals-against average, wins and shutouts.
They knocked off UConn 3-2 in overtime on Friday as Taze Thompson tied it with less than five minutes to go in regulation before Tory Mariano scored the game-winner in the extra frame. Aurard (1g, 1a) and Müller (1a) came through on the scoresheet once again as Philips made 19 saves.
As for the Eagles, they've had some ups and downs this season, but are still a formidable squad.
BC has won four straight, including a 3-0 shutout of Harvard in the semis, and are 6-4-0 since Jan. 1. Hannah Bilka leads the way, while Abby Newhook paces the team in the goals department with 16. Abigail Levy has had a stellar season of her own, ranking third in save percentage and 10th in GAA.
They took down the Terriers in the Battle of Comm. Ave with a 2-1 win on Saturday, thanks to goals from Gaby Roy and Alexie Guay as well as 35 saves from Levy.
Here's how the two sides stack up, statistically:
|26-2-1 (22-2-1 HEA)||Record||18-12-1 (15-10-0 HEA)|
|No. 5||Current Ranking||Receiving votes|
|Frozen Four||2022 NCAA tournament||Did not qualify|
|3.90||Goals per game||2.52|
|0.90||Goals allowed per game||1.81|
|Alina Müller, 44 points (18 goals, 26 assists)||Top scorer||Hannah Bilka, 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists)|
|Gwyneth Philips, 27-2-1
(.959 save percentage, 0.84 GAA, 9 SO)
|Top goaltender||Abigail Levy, 14-10-1
(.949 save percentage, 1.68 GAA, 5 SO)