Boston Bruins prospect Alex Fallstrom played for the
first time on his parent club's home ice Monday evening (photo
courtesy Kevin Burns).
BOSTON-No. 14 Boston College took advantage of 17 Crimson penalties, scoring three power-play goals to defeat the Harvard men's hockey team, 6-0, Monday evening at TD Garden in the semifinals of the 58th Beanpot tournament.
Kyle Richter made 37 saves for Harvard (5-12-3), while John Muse stopped 33 shots for the Eagles (14-8-2). Carl Sneep registered a goal and two assists to lead BC to the championship game next week against the Boston University. Harvard will take on Northeastern following its weekend road trip to Ivy League rivals Brown and Yale.
The Eagles scored the only goal of the first period, converting the second of three power plays in the frame. Ryan Grimshaw knocked down Ben Smith with a big body check in front of the Harvard net, but Smith got up in time to bang home Brian Gobbons' pass from behind the net at 5:54. BC held a 10-7 shots advantage in the opening period.
Boston College added two more goals in the second period. Matt Price struck first, finding the net from the left circle just 18 ticks into the frame. Pat Mullane made it 3-0 at 8:43, taking advantage of a turnover in the Harvard zone. Muse kept Harvard off the board late in the period by making a tough arm save on a Michael Biega toe drag and shot. The Crimson held a 17-16 edge in shots in the second stanza and killed a 48-second two-man advantage for the Eagles.
Chris Kreider netted the fourth BC goal six minutes into the third period, deflecting in Brian Dumoulin's slap shot from the right point. Gibbons and Sneep added the final tallies for the Eagles. The Eagles finished 3 for 11 on the power play, taking advantage of 58 Harvard penalty minutes.