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BU assistant captain Alex Chiasson (CAS’13), rolling over teammate and captain Chris Connolly (MET'12), tries to control the puck during the first period of last night's men's Beanpot semifinal game. Photo by Brooks Canaday
BU owned the first two periods, BU owned the crowd, and BU ultimately owned the night.
The number-one-ranked team in the nation lived up to its billing Monday night, as the Boston University Terrier icemen took down the Harvard Crimson in the first round of the 60th annual Beanpot tournament at Boston’s TD Garden.
The game marked the second time the Terriers beat the Crimson this season, improving their overall record to 17-8-1. BU remains in sole possession of first place in Hockey East and will face Boston College next Monday night, as the Terriers go after an unprecedented 30th Beanpot championship.
Standout goalie Kieran Millan (MET’12) makes a second period save in front of Harvard’s Alex Killorn. Photo by Brooks Canaday
Not only did the Terriers fail to convert on either power play, but they nearly allowed Harvard to score its first shorthanded goal of the season. Crimson forward Colin Blackwell had a breakaway opportunity after a turnover in the neutral zone, but standout goalie Kieran Millan (MET’12) made a highlight-reel kick save, keeping Harvard off the scoreboard with just over two left to play in the first.
The period ended with BU and Harvard registering nine shots apiece, leaving the Terriers with a 1-0 advantage.
“We were in the box far too often in the first half of the game,” said Harvard head coach Ted Donato, “and Millan made it awful tough for us to get back into it.”
Terrier head coach Jack Parker (SMG’68, Hon.’97) agreed, noting that neither team played up to its ability. “I don’t think that either team played their best game tonight,” he said. “We acted like we were very frustrated that we weren’t playing better, and we continued to act very frustrated.”
Play by both teams became even sloppier in the second period, as Harvard committed three more penalties and BU four.
Wade Megan (CGS’11, MET’13) puts one past Harvard goalie Steve Michalek during the second period. Photo by Kristyn Ulanday
After a comparatively uneventful third period, Harvard put plenty of pressure on Millan late in the game. The Terrier goalie, who entered the game with a .923 save percentage, was up to the task, keeping Harvard off the board and cementing BU’s 3-1 victory.
This year is the first time since 2007 that both the BU men’s and women’s ice hockey teams will play in Beanpot championship games. The men beat BC that year, and the women fell to Harvard.
The Boston College Eagles defeated the Northeastern Huskies in last night’s second first round game by a score of 7-1, making BC the team to beat in next Monday’s Beanpot championship.
BU and BC last squared off on December 3, with the Terriers falling 6-1.
Now the other Comm Ave team is all that stands in the way of the Terriers’ 30th Beanpot title in program history.
The BU women’s ice hockey team goes up against the Northeastern Huskies in the women’s Beanpot championship game tonight, Tuesday, February 7, at Walter Brown Arena, at 8 p.m. Harvard and Boston College play in the consolation game at Walter Brown at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the general public, $3 for children 12 and under and seniors, and free for students from each of the four participating schools showing a valid student ID. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at Walter Brown Arena one hour before the game.If you’re watching the game, add #bubeanpot at the end of your tweet on Twitter, and you’ll be added to the comments queue. Not on Twitter? Add your feedback as a comment to the CoverItLive event dialogue on BU Today.