Senior captain Michael Floodstrand and Harvard fell just short against BC in the Beanpot. (Gil Talbot)
BOSTON, Mass. – In a tightly played Beanpot semifinal, No. 17 Harvard men's ice hockey (11-7-3), fell, 2-1, to Boston College (10-12-3) on Monday night (Feb. 4) at TD Garden. Sophomore Henry Bowlby scored Harvard's lone goal late in the second period to tie the game at 1-1.
The Eagles took the lead for good at 12:22 of the third period on Jack McBain's goal despite heavy Harvard pressure in the latter half of the game. The Crimson outshot BC, 28-18, on the night.
Trailing 2-1, the Crimson had a power play to end regulation, pulling senior goaltender Michael Lackey (16 saves) for an extra attacker. Despite a late net-front scramble, Harvard could not convert.
BC took the early lead on the first good scoring chance of the game for either team, as Patrick Giles finished off an odd man rush from the high slot to put the Eagles ahead at 4:57.
Harvard had two power play opportunities in the first period and outshot the Eagles 8-5 in the opening frame, but trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes of play.
Harvard killed off three Boston College penalties in the opening 10 minutes of the second period, then had its third power play opportunity of the night at 10:41 of the middle frame, but could not crack Woll.
But late in the second period, a beautiful rush and pass from by junior defenseman John Marino set up Bowlby all alone in front for Harvard's first goal of the game at 15:37.
BC goaltender Joe Woll (27 saves) made perhaps his best save of the night on Colton Kerfoot's wrap around in opening minutes of the third period. Lackey also had his share of highlight reel saves to keep Harvard in it, but the Crimson could not overcome the Eagles.
Harvard returns to ECAC Hockey play this Friday night (Feb. 8) against No. 20 Union. The Crimson will play the loser of the Boston University-Northeastern semifinal in the Beanpot consolation game next Monday night (Feb. 11) at 4:30 p.m.
• Bowlby scored his second career Beanpot goal, his fifth goal overall this season. Junior defenseman John Marino and sophomore defenseman Reilly Walsh picked up assists on the play.
• In his first Beanpot start, senior goaltender Michael Lackey (16 saves) allowed two goals or less for the 13th time this season.
• Monday's meeting between Harvard and BC was the 43rd in the history of the Beanpot Tournament.
• Harvard was 2-0-1 in its last three meetings against BC overall before tonight's setback.