Colin Blackwell and his senior classmates go out as the first class to lead Harvard to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in a decade (Gil Talbot).
WORCESTER, Mass. – The No. 10/9 men's hockey team fell to No. 6/5 Boston College, 3-1, in its 23rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament at the DCU Center Friday night in front of 6,682 fans.
Boston College (27-7-5, 15-2-5) scored in each period plus an extra in the third, as Harvard (19-11-4, 12-6-4 ECAC) concluded its season in the first round of the national tournament. The Eagles saw Alex Tuch and Austin Cangelosi each score twice, while sophomore Seb Lloyd tallied the Crimson's lone tally. In net, Merrick Madsen saved 21 shots for the Crimson, while Thatcher Demko turned away 32 shots for BC.
The Eagles' attacked early and often as Ryan Fitzgerald dished the puck into the crease, but Madsen blocked the shot moments into the game. BC's pressure culminated in its first goal when Alex Tuch was able to jam home the loose puck in front of the Harvard net 7:59 into the first period. The teams skated evenly over the next 10 minutes of the period, but a Crimson penalty gave BC a man advantage with under three to play in the first. Cangelosi netted his first of the night with 27 seconds left on the power play and the Eagles took a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
Boston College extended its lead to 3-0 1:59 into the second period when Tuch wristed a shot underneath the crossbar after streaking into the zone.
Midway through the second frame, Harvard got on the board when a strong play in the neutral zone by Clay Anderson turned into a Lloyd goal. Gathering the puck along the boards in front of the Harvard bench, Anderson flipped a pass into the offensive zone that Jake Horton immediately poked forward to Lloyd for the goal as he beat Demko glove-side at 9:50.
Harvard put the pressure on in the third frame, but Cangelosi's second of the night with 2:27 remaining and the Harvard net empty sealed it the victory for the Eagles. BC advances to the Northeast Regional final where it will play Minnesota-Duluth Saturday night at 9 p.m.