Harvard Gets By BU in Beanpot Consolation
CHN Staff Report
BOSTON Boston University got off to a hot start, before some injuries and other factors turned things up-and-down. With the team sitting near the NCAA Tournament bubble, usually The Beanpot is its cue to heat things up.
But instead, BU is sitting at 14-9-7 after two straight Beanpot losses, the latter coming 5-4 to Harvard in Monday's consolation game.
"I thought that was a embarrassing display by my team tonight," BU coach Jack Parker said, in typically blunt fashion. "It looks like it was pretty good, we had 49 to their 29, but in reality we didn’t come to play. We thought the game was over at any time. We go up 1-0. We think we are okay. We make it 3-3 and we think we are okay again. We play fairly hard for a while and get what should be the game-winning goal and then go to sleep again.
"Give Harvard credit for not dying after all they have been through this year. They came back and won the game and they competed right to the end. We didn’t compete anywhere near as much as we should have. A very very disappointing loss, and a loss that is going to come back and haunt us later on, I believe."
Harvard, which is playing for nothing but pride at this point, but showed a lot of it, scored three goals in a 1:13 span of the second period to take a 3-1 lead. The "rally" started, however, with Harvard doing a good job killing off a five-minute major, that came from Daniel Moriarty's hit from behind with one second left in the first period. As that penalty was ending, Alex Killorn scored a shorthanded goal — and later, scored another for a 3-1 edge.
BU tied the game, then took a lead with 5:55 left in regulation, only to see Danny Biega score less than two minutes later.
Michael Del Mauro's second goal of the season, with 2:08 left in regulation, was the winner.
"I think we did a good job of really keeping them to the outside, a little bit," Harvard coach Ted Donato said of the penalty kill. "But they have a very good power play. They scored three power play goals, so I am not, certainly, in a situation where I would say we did a great job killing penalties, but that five-minute major, I think we did survive it and scored the shorthanded goal. I think it gave us a boost. Unfortunately, when we were up 3-1 we probably played the worst five minutes of the game for us.
"We wanted to use as an opportunity to play against a good team and do the things that we need to do to hopefully have some success down the stretch in our league and into the playoffs. I am happy for our guys. BU is a very good team that we have a lot of respect for, and I think there is no denying that both teams would rather be playing in the Championship game. We are happy to get the win nonetheless."
Harvard improved to 5-18-1.
"Coming into the game against Northeastern in the first round, we had played some good hockey," Donato said. "We had gone to good teams, at RPI and at Union, and really fought tooth and nail and lost two one-goal games. Went up to Yale and last 10 minutes of the game tied on the road, we felt good and had a reason for optimism against Northeastern, which I give them a lot of credit, but we don’t feel like we played our best.
"We played pretty well on Friday night against Princeton, against a good Princeton team and tonight we battled. It hasn’t been pretty even when we have played well, but I give the guys a lot of credit. I think the group has really done a great job of working hard and staying with it. I think there is a lot of optimism for the end of the season."