No. 14/13 Men's Hockey Faces Off Versus No. 11/10 Boston College in Beanpot Consolation


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No. 14/13 Harvard vs. No. 10/11 Boston College
Monday, Feb. 23
4:30 p.m.
TD Garden
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Seb Lloyd and the Crimson challenge Boston College in Monday's Beanpot Consolation (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
After Mother Nature wreaked her havoc on the scheduled dates of the first two rounds of the 63rd Annual Beanpot, the second round is set to begin Monday, Feb. 23 with No. 14/13 Harvard taking on No. 10/11 Boston College. Harvard is coming off a heartbreaking loss in the semifinals, dropping a 4-3 double overtime decision in its longest Beanpot game ever. Boston College suffered a similar disheartening defeat, losing to Northeastern in the other semifinal matchup, when Dustin Darou scored with 1:34 remaining in regulation for the Huskies.

The Crimson and Eagles are meeting for the second time this season, with Harvard the victor back on Nov. 11. Sophomore Alexander Kerfoot put on an offensive show, notching a hat trick and two assists for a five-point showing, leading Harvard to a 6-3 win at Conte Forum. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Eagles that dated back to Nov. 7, 2006.

Inside the Beanpot
• Entering Monday's consolation matchup, Boston College holds a 26-13 advantage in the all-time Beanpot series against the Crimson. The Eagles have won the last 10 Beanpot games against Harvard, including the most recent meeting in the 2013 semifinals, 4-1. Harvard last took down BC in the Beanpot in the 1998 semifinals, posting a 5-4 overtime victory.

• Harvard is playing in the consolation game for the fifth straight year. In each of the last four the Crimson has come away with the win, beating Boston University on three occasions and Northeastern in the fourth. Harvard and BC last met in the consolation game in 2009 with the Eagles edging the Crimson, 4-3.

• Boston College had its five-consecutive Beanpot title streak halted this year with the 3-2 defeat at the hands of Northeastern. The Eagles have missed the championship game just twice since 2005 (2005 & 2009), finishing third each of those year with victories over the Crimson in the consolation game. 

Record-Setting Performance
Senior goaltender Steve Michalek set new Harvard and Beanpot records February 3, turning away 63 shots in the Crimson's double-overtime loss to Boston University in the semifinals of this year's Beanpot. The record 63 saves beat Grant Blair's previous Harvard record of 60 set in a 6-6 tie against Boston College Dec. 21, 1984. The mark also beat the previous Beanpot save record of 52 by BC's Jim Barton, set in 1970.

Beanpot In-Depth
Feb. 3, 2015 vs. BU Recap

Harvard netminder Steve Michalek dazzled the crowd with a Beanpot and Harvard record-setting 63 save performance, but the Terriers nipped the Crimson in double overtime, 4-3, Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the opening game of the 63rd Annual Beanpot. Kyle Criscuolo had a goal and assist, while Alex Kerfoot and Sean Malone scored in their first games back after extended absences due to injury, but Danny O'Regan scored the game-winner for BU at 2:18 of the second overtime period.

62nd Beanpot Recap
In one of its toughest opening-round games in recent Beanpot history, the Crimson fell to Northeastern, 6-0. Harvard bounced back with a strong performance in the consolation round, topping BU, 6-2. After the Terriers' Evan Rodrigues scored the lone first period goal, the Crimson would tally three in each of the next two stanzas to claim third place. Five different Crimson netted goals, with current sophomore Luke Esposito accounting for two, while Kyle Criscuolo, Brian Hart,Jimmy Vesey and Tyler Moy earned the rest.

• Head coach Ted Donato '91 has a 6-15 record in Beanpot games. In non-Beanpot games against the other Boston schools, Donato has coached the Crimson to a 9-10-1 record, highlighted by November wins this year over BU and BC, both on the road.

• Senior Tommy O'Regan is the most experienced Harvard Beanpot player. In six games, O'Regan has four assists and a +2 rating. His younger brother Danny is BU's leading goal-scorer with 18 this year.

• Junior co-captain Kyle Criscuolo is the top point-scorer in Beanpot games for the Crimson. In five games, Criscuolo has two goals and five assists, bolstering a +4 rating.

• Since the first Beanpot in 1952, Boston schools have won 10 national championships. Each time, the title-winning team won the Beanpot earlier in the season.

• Harvard made its first appearance since 1998 in the Beanpot championship game in 2008, losing a thriller to BC, 6-5, in overtime. The Crimson trailed, 5-3, until Jon Pelle '08 and Mike Taylor '08 scored in the final nine minutes of the third period to send the game to an extra session. Taylor had two goals and an assist in the game. Doug Rogers '10 recorded a goal and two assists. Alex Biega '10 had two assists. Kyle Richter '10-11 made 27 saves. Nick Petrecki scored the winning goal for the Eagles at 7:07 of overtime. Petrecki had two goals, as did Brian Gibbons.

• The Crimson narrowly missed trips to the Beanpot championship game in each of Ted Donato's first three years behind the bench. Harvard suffered a 2-1, double-overtime loss to Northeastern in the 2005 semifinal. BU held off a late Crimson charge (Harvard scored twice and held a 25-6 advantage in shots in the final period.) and added an empty-net goal for a 5-3 win in the 2006 semifinals. BC scored twice to rally and added an empty-netter in a 3-1 win against the Crimson in the 2007 first round.

• The rivalries with BU, BC and Northeastern are Harvard's most-contested among non-conference opponents. Many of those games took place when all the schools were part of the 17-team ECAC. Harvard has met Boston University 150 times, Boston College 121 and Northeastern 98.

• The Crimson's nine-year championship appearance drought that ended in 2008 was the longest in school history. The current 21-year title drought is Harvard's longest.

• Ted Donato made his Beanpot debut behind the Harvard bench in 2005, giving that tournament three teams with prominent alumni of their programs at the helm. Donato was 3-5 in Beanpot games as an undergrad, helping the team to a Beanpot title in 1989. With Jim Madigan taking over head coaching duties at Northeastern and David Quinn replacing Jack Parker at BU, every Beanpot school has a former player as head coach for the 2013-14 tournament. 

• There are seven Massachusetts natives and 12 total New England natives on the Crimson roster.

• 1955 Beanpot MVP Bill Cleary '56 was inducted into the Beanpot Hall of Fame in 1995. He holds Beanpot records for goals in a period (four), game (five[tie]) and tournament (seven); and points in a period (five), game (seven) and tournament (11). He went on to coach Harvard to four Beanpot titles.

• Joe Cavanagh '71 holds the record for career points in the Beanpot with 19 (7-12-19) and was a member of the inaugural induction class to the Beanpot Hall of Fame, alongside Bill Cleary, in 1995.

Record-Setting Performance
Senior goaltender Steve Michalek set new Harvard and Beanpot records February 3, turning away 63 shots in the Crimson's double-overtime loss to Boston University in the semifinals of this year's Beanpot. The record 63 saves beat Grant Blair's previous Harvard record of 60 set in a 6-6 tie against Boston College Dec. 21, 1984. The mark also beat the previous Beanpot save record of 52 by BC's Jim Barton, set in 1970.

Milestone Victory
Head Coach Ted Donato became just the third coach in program history to reach 150 victories in his career with Harvard's 3-2 triumph at Clarkson Feb. 21, 2015. 

Chasing the Record Book
Senior goaltender Steve Michalek is set to put his names among the elite goalies in Harvard history. With 752 saves this season, he is 32 shy of the top-10 for saves in a season. In his career, Michalek has 1,814 saves, which is 107 shy of Bruce Durno '71 in seventh place on the career list.

New England's Finest North Americans
On Wednesday, Feb. 4, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced that junior forwards Kyle Criscuolo and Jimmy Vesey were among the 20 semifinalists for the Walter Brown Award. The nation's oldest nationally-recognized college hockey honor, the Walter Brown Award was established in 1953 and is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.

Previous Meeting vs. BC
Sophomore Alexander Kerfoot registered a hat trick and two assists, and his linemates, Kyle Criscuolo and Jimmy Vesey, added five more points, as Harvard beat then-No. 8/8 Boston College 6-3 at Conte Forum Tuesday, Nov. 11. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Eagles dating back to November 7, 2006.. The Crimson also earned its first win over a top-10 team since Nov. 1, 2013 when it downed No. 10 Rensselaer.

Kerfoot's five-point night set a new career-best and marked the first time a Harvard player has reached that plateau in a game since Dave Watters '08 (3-2-5) did it against Quinnipiac on March 14, 2008.

Series History: BC
Harvard trails in the all-time series against Boston College, 45-71-5. The series dates back to Jan. 19, 1919 with the Crimson posting a 7-2 victory in the first ever meeting. Until the meeting in November, the Eagles had held the edge in recent years, winning the nine prior meetings. Before November's triumph, Harvard last downed Boston College on Nov. 7, 2006 by a 4-0 score at home.

Scouting the Eagles
Forwards Adam Gilmour and Alex Tuch have eclipsed the 20-point mark for the Eagles with Tuch leading the way with 26, while Gilmour has 25. Gilmour is tied with Noah Hanifin for the team-lead with 16 helpers. Bruins prospect Ryan Fitzgerald has a team-best 13 goals. Junior defenseman Teddy Doherty has the best plus-minus on the Eagles at +16.

Sophomore Thatcher Demko provided backline supports for BC, posting a 2.24 GAA and a .923 save percentage in 28 games. Brad Barone, the senior netminder that started November's meeting, has played in three games with a .893 save percentage and a 2.69 GAA.

About Boston College

The Eagles are 2-1-1 in its last four contests with the victories coming against Merrimack and Vermont. Boston College is 10-6-1 in Hockey East games and will wrap up the regular season with a trip to South Bend this weekend to take on Notre Dame twice.