BOSTON, MA- The 64th annual Men’s Beanpot Ice Hockey tournament started this past Monday at the TD Garden. Harvard and Boston College faced off for the first semifinal game of the game while Northeastern took on Boston University, the previous champion, right after at 8pm. Each team came into the tournament with a strong record as BC, Harvard, and BU ranked in the top 10 of the USCHO poll. Northeastern also came into Monday with 8-1-2 on their last 11 games. The games were favored by BC and BU for the two games as BC swept past Harvard with a final score of 3-2 and BU dominated against Northeastern by 3-1.
Boston College came into this game with a 18-4 record after their win against Hockey East Rival Notre Dame last Friday. Harvard came in with a 12-5 record and hopes to recover from the Beanpot last year where they lost against BC in the consolation match.
As the puck dropped, BC played very aggressively as they saw chances at the net twice before Casey Fitzgerald scored at 1:35. After a few minutes, Harvard responded back with two goals at 9:47 and 14:44 in the first period by Ryan Donato, a Boston Bruins draft and son of head coach Ted Donato, and Kyle Criscuolo, a Senior Forward. Only two shots were made toward BC goalie Thatcher Demko, who led BC with 8 shut outs this season, but both placed points on the board for Harvard. Later BC successfully killed a holding penalty and entered the 2nd period 2-1 Harvard.
The wind turned back in favor for BC after Harvard was penalized for tripping at 05:01. Harvard defense successfully killed a minute off the penalty but could not catch a rebound and Zach Sanford equalized the score to 2-2.
3 minutes later Harvard is left with a 5 to 3 man disadvantage after a defenseman lost a stick during a power play for an interference penalty by Clay Anderson. BC took the advantage as Colin White, a gold medalist with the U-18 National Team, skated past the goalie to notch a “pump-fake” for a game winning goal for BC.
Harvard received a last chance as BC is called for a slashing penalty in the third period but BC successfully killed the penalty and defended against an empty net to end the game 3-2 Boston College.
Boston College and Boston University enters the final of the 64th annual Beanpot tournament next Monday after the consolation match between Harvard and Northeastern. With the crown of the most winningest coach, Boston College’s Jerry York looked into the Beanpot final and future Frozen Four possibilities in his interview. “This is a pennant race that we are in and it starts with the Beanpot, it’s a first major for us”
The Box score for the game can be checked here.