Donato delivered his sixth score of the season in the Beanpot opener (Gil Talbot).
BOSTON, Mass. – With Harvard leading 2-1 after the opening period, two power play goals by No. 5/5 Boston College in the second frame proved to be the difference makers as the Eagles topped No. 7/7 Harvard, 3-2, in the Beanpot Semifinals Monday at TD Garden.
Ryan Donato and Kyle Criscuolo led the scoring charge for Harvard (12-5-3, 8-3-3), while Merrick Madsen stopped 30 shots in net. Donato's notch marked his sixth of the season, while Criscuolo tallied his 15th.
Boston College (18-4-4, 10-1-4) got on the board just 1:35 into the game as Casey Fitzgerald slapped a dish from Ryan Fitzgerald into the back of the net to give the Eagles the early lead.
Harvard responded as Donato delivered the equalizer at 9:47 for his sixth score of the year. Tyler Moy blocked a Boston College shot that rebounded to mid ice, where Donato won a footrace to the puck and took it the distance, slipping it past the Eagles keeper to tie it at 1-1.
Criscuolo delivered the go-ahead goal for the Crimson at 5:16, potting his first-career goal. Jimmy Vesey was tripped up right in front of the Eagles netminder and Alexander Kerfoot corralled the puck before firing a pass to Adam Baughman just outside the circle, who wristed a shot that Criscuolo tipped in front before it squeaked by the Eagles keeper to put the Crimson on top 2-1 after the opening period.
The Eagles offense capitalized on a Harvard penalty to knot the score at 2-2 just 6:05 into the second frame. Ian McCoshen and Alex Tuch fired shots that went off the Crimson keeper's pads, but the third time was the charm as Zach Sanford pushed one past to tie it up.
Boston College took advantage of another Harvard penalty just over four minutes later as Colin White hesitated right in front of the Crimson goaltender before lacing a shot between the netminder's legs to give the Eagles a 3-2 advantage at the end of the second period.
The score would hold in the third period as Boston College's Thatcher Demko shut down the Crimson attack, finishing with 21 saves to hand the Crimson its seventh-straight defeat in the Beanpot Semifinals.
Harvard returns to the ice this weekend as it resumes Ivy League play with a pair of road contests. The Crimson will take on Brown Friday night before taking on Yale the following day. Both contests can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.