Beanpot Consolation Game Pits Men's Hockey against No. 11/13 Boston University

Beanpot Consolation Game Pits Men's Hockey against No. 11/13 Boston University

Harvard is looking to claim a third-place finish in the 2013 Beanpot this afternoon (Gil Talbot).

Complete Game Notes (pdf)

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The Matchup
After a hard-fought 4-1 defeat to No. 5 Boston College in Monday's Beanpot semifinal, the Harvard men's hockey team will fight for a third place finish in the tournament against No. 11/13 Boston University in the consolation game.   

Harvard vs. Boston University Series History

The series against Boston University is one of Harvard's oldest, thanks in large part to a number of matchups in the annual Beanpot Tournament. Harvard trails in the all-time series, 64-76-6. The teams first faced each other in 1922 and Harvard captured wins in 15 of the first 16 matchups. The Crimson also owns the longest win streak in the series, earning 11-straight victories from 1927-37.  

Jan. 9, 2013 at Agganis Arena
In its biggest win of the 2012-13 campaign, Harvard erased a three-goal third-period deficit and came back to upset the No. 8 Boston University Terriers, 6-5, Jan. 9 at Agganis Arena. The game was broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.

It was an inauspicious start for Harvard as BU struck first 5:37 into the first and closed the opening period with another goal to make it 2-0 after one. Only 56 seconds into the second frame, BU scored again, putting Harvard in a 3-0 hole. Tommy O'Regan got the Crimson on the board with a strong individual effort at 2:29 and a power-play goal from Brian Hart brought the Crimson to within one six minutes later.

The Terriers rallied for two more scores, extending their lead back to three goals with 18:33 to play in the game. From that point on, it was all Harvard, beginning with a Marshall Everson strike at 6:38 and followed by a power-play goal from Luke Greiner less than two minutes later. Harvard stood within one goal of tying the game for almost eight minutes, until Colin Blackwell put home his own rebound on a chipped puck towards the net, tying the score at 5-5 and forcing overtime.

Both teams had good chances in the first two minutes of the extra frame, but it was senior Conor Morrison who played the role of hero, collecting a pass from O'Regan and burying the shot to seal the comeback victory with only 48 seconds left to play.     

Scouting The Terriers
It has been the epitome of an up-and-down season for Boston University in 2012-13, as its longest winning or losing streak in a maximum of two games. The Terriers have a number of signature victories to their credit, including a 4-2 win over Boston College on national television Nov. 30 and a 3-2 victory over Hockey East powerhouse New Hampshire on the road Dec. 6. BU has had a tough stretch as of late, entering the game against the Crimson with a 1-4-1 record in its last six contests. In its last action, BU fell, 3-2, to Northeastern in the semifinal round of the Beanpot.

The young guns have led the way for BU so far this season, as a pair of underclassmen sits atop the points chart. Rookie Danny O'Regan (brother of Harvard's Tommy O'Regan) has 10-13-23 points on the year, tied with sophomore Cason Hohmann (6-17-23) who holds the team lead in assists. Senior captain Wade Megan has a team-high 12 goals for the Terriers, including a team-leading three game-winners. Rookie defenseman Matt Grzelcyk leads all blueliners with 2-15-17 points on the season.

It has been a freshman tandem in goal this year for BU as Matt O'Connor and Sean Maguire have both seen a good amount of playing time. While O'Connor has the edge in minutes, Maguire holds the edge in numbers with a 2.62 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.  

Last Time Out
In a game delayed to Sunday by winter storm Nemo, the Crimson had an answer for a first-period goal from No. 17 Dartmouth, tying the Big Green, 1-1, at Bright Hockey Center. Dartmouth's Andy Simpson gave the guests a 1-0 lead at 9:53 of the first and that lead held up past the midway point of the second period. Harvard's response came on the power play when Colin Blackwell and Alex Fallstrom combined to feed Marshall Everson for the equalizer at 13:03 of the middle frame. Dartmouth had what looked to be the go-ahead goal disallowed in the third and the Crimson hung on to seal the 1-1 draw.

Semifinal vs. Boston College
It was a tall task for the Crimson in the semifinal round of the 61st annual Beanpot, as the fifth-ranked Boston College Eagles stood between them and the championship game. Harvard, led by junior goalie Raphael Girard, withstood a barrage of shots from the Eagles, but had trouble finishing periods defensively. Quinn Smith scored the game's first goal with 29 seconds left in the first period, and struck again with 1:42 to play in the second. Michael Matheson made it 3-0 with 51 ticks left in the second frame before Danny Biega netted his first goal of the season midway through the third. Danny Fick and Luke Greiner earned assists on the play.

BC's Steven Whitney made it 4-1 with an unassisted goal at 5:02 of the third. Girard finished the game with 42 saves.

The O'Regan Show
Tommy O'Regan faced off against his younger brother, Danny, for the first time ever in the first Harvard-BU matchup this year. The brothers received attention prior to the clash as the featured subjects of a Boston Herald article, and both O'Regans put on a show in the game. Tommy finished with a goal and two assists, including the primary helper on Conor Morrison's game-winning goal in overtime. Danny netted a pair of scores in the game and had one assist to match his brother's point output on the evening. Danny and Tommy will face off for the second time this season in the Beanpot consolation game.

Their father, Tom O'Regan, was a four-year player and team captain at Boston University from 1979-83.

Welcome To The Big Show
Former Harvard great Alex Killorn '12 was recalled to the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Syracuse Crunch Sunday and registered his first NHL point on an assist in a 5-1 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Killorn has skated in 44 games with the Crunch this season, recording 16 goals and 38 points to go along with 32 penalty minutes. He ranks third in the AHL for rookie scoring with 38 points. Killorn ranks tied for second on the Crunch for assists with 22 and is tied for the team lead with seven power play goals. He ranks first on the Crunch and third in the AHL with 166 shots on goal this season.

Dylan Reese '07 was also recently called up to the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he will play alongside Harvard grad Craig Adams '99.

Walter Brown Watch
The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced last Monday that freshman forward Jimmy Vesey is a semifinalist for the 2013 Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best United States-born college hockey player in New England. Vesey is one of 16 players to be named a semifinalist for the prestigious award and one of seven skaters from ECAC Hockey.

Dov Grumet-Morris '05 was Harvard's last Walter Brown Award winner in 2005. The Crimson's previous winners are Lane MacDonald '88-89 (1989), Scott Fusco '85-86 (1986), Mark Fusco '83 (1983), Bob McManama '73 (1972), Joe Cavanagh '71 (1971), Dave Grannis '62 (1962), Bob Cleary '58 (1957 and 1958) and Bill Cleary '56 (1955).

The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the 61st Walter Brown Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play. The award will be presented to the winner at the New England College Hockey Writers' Dinner in April.    

Stockpiling Saves
Raphael Girard has played nearly 90% of the minutes in goal this year, and enters the BU contest with 620 saves on the season. His 42- save performance in the Beanpot semifinal against B.C. was his second-highest saves total this season, behind only a 44-save outing against Yale Nov. 3. The junior has stopped over 30 shots in four of his last six contests.  

Girard is averaging 31 saves per contest, and is on pace to become just the seventh Harvard goalie to eclipse 800 saves in a single season.

A Staple In The Lineup
Senior captain Danny Biega has played in 122 games in his career, the most of any active Harvard player. He has skated in all 22 games for the Crimson this season as well. With at least nine games remaining this year, Biega has a chance to break into the all-time top-10 for games played in team history. Danny's brother Alex '10 skated in 131 career games (eighth all-time), and Danny would reach that mark if he stays healthy down the stretch. Tom Cavanagh '05 is the all-time leader in games played with 138 in his career

It's All Too Vesey
For the third time this season, freshman Jimmy Vesey received ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week honors. It is also the fourth such honor for a Harvard player this season.

Vesey has been Harvard's biggest offensive threat in the 2013 portion of the schedule, and his finishing touch was on display in three games that week. Vesey netted Harvard's only goal at No. 19 Union Jan. 22, slipping home a quick shot off a Colin Blackwell faceoff win. The rookie struck again in his next game, giving Harvard a 1-0 lead at home against Clarkson Friday. A night later, Vesey collected a pair of goals against St. Lawrence, including a power-play tally and a goal just 11 seconds into the second period.

The North Reading, Mass., native leads the team with 10 goals and 14 points.

Tough Stretch
Harvard has faced nine ranked opponents this season, which included a stretch of four straight ranked foes from Jan. 5-18. The Crimson has squared off against five top-10 teams this year, posting a 2-3-0 record in those games.   

Staying Positive
Tommy O'Regan and Luke Greiner lead the team in plus/minus, as both players are rated +3 on the season.

Block Party
The defensive unit for the Crimson has recorded 81 more blocks than its opponents through 22 games this season with a 410-329 edge in the category. Harvard has had more blocks than its opponent in 15 games this season including 10 of its last 12 contests. The Crimson recorded a season-high 27 blocks against Boston University Jan. 9, and has posted two games with a block differential of +16 (23-7). Harvard has eclipsed the 20-block benchmark in 10 games this season, including its last six contests.  

Senior captain Danny Biega holds the team lead in blocks with 58 on the season. Dan Ford is close behind with 46 and Brendan Rempel has picked up 44 on the season.