Esposito registered his eighth assist on the season (Gil Talbot).
BOSTON, Mass. – In the 101st meeting between No. 9/9 Harvard men's hockey team and Northeastern, the Crimson could not overcome a first period 3-0 deficit to the Huskies falling, 5-1, in the Beanpot consolation game Monday afternoon at TD Garden.
Harvard (13-7-3, 9-4-3 ECAC) rocketed 20 shots on goal against Northeastern's (10-13-5, 4-8-4 HEA) netminder, Ryan Ruck, while the Huskies tallied 28 versus the Crimson's Michael Lackey.
Northeastern got on the board just 3:56 into the game as Mike McMurtry found the back of the net, recording his sixth goal of the season. The Crimson's defense contained the Huskies until McMurtry found Adam Gaudette, who registered his seventh tally of the year at 12:18. Dylan Sikura made it a 3-0 Northeastern lead with his ninth of the season with 46 seconds left in the opening period.
The third period saw two Northeastern goals within a four-minute span. Zach Aston-Reese notched his eighth of the season, while Gaudette capitalized again on a Crimson penalty for his second score of the contest to push the Husky lead to four. The Huskies defense held Harvard scoreless in the finale frame to secure the Beanpot consolation game, 5-1.
The Crimson begins a four-game home stand at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center as it takes on Rensselaer on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, both scheduled for 7 p.m. start times. The contests will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network and ONE World Sports.