Sean Malone scored twice Tuesday at BU (Gil Talbot).
BOSTON – Sean Malone scored twice, but it was not enough Tuesday night, as No. 9/9 Harvard men's hockey (5-2-1) fell on the road to No. 7/7 Boston University (7-4-1), 5-3.
Malone's fifth and sixth of the season give him the team lead in that category. Luke Esposito earned assists on both of his linemate's tallies to give him seven this year. Harvard's third goal was a shorthanded strike with Harvard on a 5-on-3 penalty kill by senior co-captain Alexander Kerfoot.
Special teams played a critical role in the end result, as BU finished 2-for-5 on the man advantage, while Harvard was 0-for-3 on the power play.
Malone's first of the night opened the scoring at 11:50 of the first frame. Skating through the right side of the Terriers' zone, Malone sent the puck towards the front of the net, intending to find Tyler Moy posted up, but it instead deflected off a BU skater and into the back of the net. The back-and-forth nature of the game took form 4:20 later as Kieffer Bellows scored his fourth of the year for BU to tie the game at 1-1.
Challenges faced the Crimson late in the first period, as it looked to kill a 5-on-3 power play for 1:42 for the Terriers, but Kerfoot instead gave Harvard lead, breaking away and beating Connor LaCouvee for his third of the season. It was the third shorthanded goal of the year for Harvard. Twenty-three seconds later and with just 18 seconds remaining in the period, BU's Patrick Harper was able to convert on the 5-on-4 portion of the power play to send the game to break even at 2-2.
The squads continued to trade goals in the second period, with BU taking the lead first this time on a power play goal from Dante Fabbro at 3:49. It took just 20 seconds for Harvard to respond though, as Malone ripped home his second of the night set up by Tyler Moy.
The 3-3 score held until 3:07 in the third when BU's Nick Roberto scored from behind the net when his pass hit off Merrick Madsen's stick in front and ricocheted over the goal line. Patrick Curry added to the lead with just 90 seconds to go to seal the win for BU.
Harvard returns to action Saturday night, hosting Bentley at 7:30 p.m. at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Fans can watch the game on the Ivy League Digital Network and Facebook Live.