Northeastern Tops Harvard Men's Hockey, 4-0, in Beanpot Semis
Daniel Moriarty and the Crimson recorded a season high in shots (photo courtesy Steve Babineau).
BOSTON - Behind three second-period goals and 41 saves from Chris Rawlings, Northeastern skated to a 4-0 victory against the Harvard men's hockey team in the semifinals of the 59th Beanpot Monday evening at TD Garden.
The Huskies (9-11-6) got two goals from Mike McLaughlin to advance to play No. 1 Boston College in the Feb. 14 championship, while Harvard (4-18-0) will face No. 14 Boston University in the consolation game.
The Crimson outshot Northeastern, 41-31, putting 17 shots on Rawlings in the first period, but the Huskies took control after McLaughlin netted his and Northeastern's second goal early in the second period.
Harvard earned the first power play of the game and generated some offense, but Northeastern looked dangerous on the counterattack, forcing a Carroll save on a two-on-one break. Following the expiration of the penalty, the Huskies took the lead on a rush up ice. McLaughlin had the puck on the left side, cut back to the middle and scored from the slot at 10:48.
The Crimson battled back with several chances on consecutive shifts, but Rawlings stopped each. Rawlings' best saves came on rebound chances by Alex Fallstrom, Conor Morrison and Pier-Olivier Michaud. The Huskies logged 10 first-period shots.
McLaughlin doubled the lead in the second minute of the second period. After the Crimson failed to clear the zone on a broken play, Northeastern grabbed the puck. McLaughlin's shot from the right side took a bounce off goaltender Ryan Carroll's stick and went into the air and over Carroll, hitting the ground just before trickling over the goal line.
Steve Silva made it 3-0 in favor of the Huskies midway through the period, when a pass from the corner found him in the low slot. Brodie Reid slammed home Northeastern's third score of the period on a one-timer shortly after the expiration of the first of two Harvard interference penalties. The Huskies held a 14-11 edge in second-period shots.
The Crimson and the Huskies traded shots throughout the third period, with Northeastern notching seven on goal and Harvard posting 13, but neither team found the back of the net. Harvard was unable to convert after pulling its goalie for a six-on-four opportunity with about five minutes remaining in the game.
Kyle Richter played goal for Harvard in the third period, stopping all seven shots he faced. Carroll finished with 20 saves. Michaud led Harvard with seven shots on goal, while Rence Coassin logged six shots.