Beanpot Second Round Recap
By Franco Nieto
TD Garden. Boston College vs. Harvard. The 66th Annual Beanpot Tournament. Game on, right?
In a game filled with more sloppy play than both teams would have liked, BC v Harvard still brought some exciting points in Monday’s consolation Beanpot faceoff.
Both teams seemed to not want to be there, with the first period being ridden with sloppy play and lazy passes, leading to turnovers and penalties. Harvard got the best of the Eagles in the first period, taking advantage of a BC penalty and netting a PP goal to put them up 1-0. The Eagles seemed to be in an offensive funk, not being able to put many shots on goal despite Harvard’s goaltender, Cameron Gornet, making his first start of the season.
The consolation game of the 66th Beanpot seemed to find its stride with both teams coming out with much more energy in the 2nd period. After a penalty for having too many men on the ice, BC once again went on the 4 on 5 defensive as it seemed to be a trend on Monday afternoon. Logan Hutsko seemed to not be bothered as he found the twine after a Chris Brown shot bounced off Gornet’s pads and seemed to perfectly find his stick for the shorthanded goal. This tied the game, and gave the Eagles a huge shift of momentum heading into the final period.
3rd Period & OT
With the 2nd period seeming to favor the Eagles, Harvard took advantage of a BC penalty early on in the 3rd to go up 2-1. Almost as soon as the puck dropped again, Harvard’s freshman Bowlby found the net to take the Crimson up 3-1. Lohan, coming back from his injury a few weeks back, put BC on the board, only to have Harvard find the net once more to put the Crimson up 2. The 3rd period was all Harvard up until 2 minutes left in the game when Hustko found the net not once, but twice in 1 minute to tie the game and give him a hat trick on the night. Hutsko’s heroics seemed to give the Eagles the edge they needed for the second game in a row, but Harvard’s Seb Lloyd was able to find the back of the net with 2 minutes left in overtime.
Despite playing in what seemed like second gear for most of the night, the Eagles were able to minimize damage throughout the game and give themselves an actual chance in OT. This comes as a disappointing loss, making it the second straight 4th place Beanpot finish for the Eagles; only the second time since Coach York took the reigns in ‘94. The Eagles look to bounce back on Thursday as they travel to Amherst to take on the UMass Minutemen.