Seeking their fourth straight Beanpot title, the Boston College Eagles punched their ticket to the championship game next Monday night after defeating Harvard 4-1.
Harvard goalie Raphael Girard, playing in his second Beanpot, faced 15 shots in the first period from the reigning National Champions, one of which he appeared to be channeling his inner Tim Thomas with a highlight reel save. Eagles sophomore Johnny Gaudreau collected a Girard rebound and sent a shot right back at the cage that had the Harvard junior sprawled out, facing the net, legs in the air making a spectacular save.
BC broke the ice with only 28 seconds remaining in the first period when sophomore forward Quinn Smith gathered up a loose puck fired it under the crossbar to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead going into the break.
The second frame played out much like the first with BC peppering Girard with 16 shots while Eagles netminder Parker Milner easily handled the 6 offerings from the Crimson.
Once again, the late stages of the period proved fruitful for Smith as he potted his second goal of the night when he tapped in a cross-crease pass from teammate Bill Arnold.
51 seconds later the Eagles extended their lead to 3-0 with a Michael Matheson one-timer that beat Girard high glove side.
Harvard senior Danny Biega got the Crimson on the scoresheet midway through the third stanza with a shot from the left circle that cleared Milner’s glove making it 3-1.
BC’s Steve Whitney regained a three goal advantage for the Eagles with a wrister past three Harvard defenders and over Girard’s blocker.
Shots on goal favored BC 46-20.
The stage is now set for next Monday night as Boston College looks to make a run at their fourth straight Beanpot while Northeastern is looking to claim their first tournament win since 1988.