2/8/23 by Danielle DuBois
The Harvard Crimson and the Boston College Eagles faced off in the Beanpot Semifinals. Harvard currently ranks tenth in the country and it’s clear why. Harvard came out dominating the ice and played furiously. The Crimson ended up winning over the Eagles 4-3 in overtime.
Both Harvard and BC came out with fire in the first period. With the Beanpot finals on the line, it was do or die for the Crimson and the Eagles. In the first minute of the game, Jack Bar received a pass right in front of the net and put it in for a goal. Unfortunately for Harvard, the goal was challenged by BC for too many men on the ice. The goal was called off bringing the score back to 0-0.
After a competitive first half of the period, Harvard gained another strong scoring opportunity as Ian Moore and Marek Hejduk had a two-on-one breakaway. Moore passed across the ice to Hejduk, who then scored the first goal of the game.
At the end of the first period, the Harvard Crimson led 1-0. Despite having almost the same amount of shots, Harvard looked dominant in the first period as they had more zone time than BC.
The Harvard Crimson looked to keep up their speed and scoring in the second period, as they went on a powerplay just two minutes into the period. With the man advantage, Matthew Coronato had a shot to the upper corner of the net making it 2-0 Harvard.
Just four minutes after Coronato’s goal, the Crimson were called for goalie interference and went on the penalty kill. BC took no time to get to work, as Mike Posma scored just 30 seconds into the man advantage, bringing the score to 2-1.
While the first period of play had no penalties that sure changed in the second. There was a series of three penalties in a row. The last penalty being on BC’s Colby Ambrosio for hooking. Harvard used the powerplay to their advantage as Matthew Coronato scored his second goal of the game bringing the score to 3-1.
BC looked to rebound going into the third period. While there were no goals or penalties for the first 16 minutes of the period, the game was competitive as zone time was split between the teams. With four minutes remaining in the period, Nikita Nesterenko scored the second goal of the game for BC.
While it seemed like BC was out of hope they still had three minutes to score another goal. With a minute and a half left in the game Cutter Gauthier had a powerful shot from the middle of Harvard’s zone to tie the game 3-3.
The game headed into overtime after a late comeback by BC. With just two seconds remaining in overtime, Harvard’s Marek Hejdul sent one high into the net to win it all. Harvard won 4-3 at the end of overtime.
END OF GAME SCORE: HARVARD – 4, BC – 3
TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: HARVARD – 25, BC – 48
Even though it was a tough loss for BC, they still played very well. Despite being down 3-1 they still played until the very end forcing Harvard to continue working. Harvard looks to continue their winning streak next week at the Beanpot Finals.
NEXT GAME: Beanpot Finals on Monday, February 13th with puck drop at 7:30 PM.