January 15, 2011

16th-Ranked BU Defeats Harvard Men’s Hockey, 5-2

Everson's goal cut the BU lead to 2-1 four minutes into the second period (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

BOSTON—No. 16 Boston University scored two goals in the second period and two more in the third to pull away to a 5-2 win against the Harvard men's hockey team Saturday night at Agganis Arena.

Marshall Everson's goal cut in half a 2-0 deficit in the second period, but the Terriers (10-5-6) regained control with a pair of goals off Harvard turnovers, one shorthanded in the second period and another in the first minute of the third. Ryan Grimshaw also scored for Harvard (3-12-0), and Michael Biega notched two assists. Kyle Richter made 32 saves for Harvard, while Kieran Millan stopped 31 for BU.

Luke Greiner had the game's first great chance, redirecting a Danny Biega point shot past Millan but off the right post. The Terriers threatened shortly thereafter, when a pass on the rush set up Alex Chiasson alone in the slot. Richter, however, stoned the top BU scorer with a left-arm save. 

The Terriers later gained the lead on a power-play goal after Harvard took the game's first penalty. Chris Connolly set up in the right circle and scored on a one-timer off a pass from Adam Clendening. BU carried the 1-0 lead and a 13-8 edge in shots to the end of the period.

BU took its first penalty late in the first period, killed it in opening minutes of the second and scored right after Garrett Noonan stepped out of the box. Richter made two great saves, but Wade Megan put the third shot into the top right corner.

Everson answered about two minutes later. Millan's save of a Danny Fick point shot caromed to Michael Biega high on the left side. The senior threaded a pass to Everson at the right post. The sophomore's first shot hit iron, but he banged in the rebound.

Harvard got a chance to tie with a power play, but Connolly intercepted a point-to-point past and skated in on a breakaway for the first shorthanded goal Harvard has allowed this season and a 3-1 BU lead. Richter made consecutive tough stops on Connolly in the closing seconds of the period. The Terriers outshot the Crimson, 14-11, in the frame.

The Crimson held a 14-10 edge in third-period shots, but it the Terriers had added one goal to their lead by game's end. Joe Pereira made it 4-1 just 23 seconds into the frame, stealing the puck on a Harvard breakout and scoring from right outside the crease. The Terriers were whistled for a major penalty for contact-to-the-head elbowing, but they killed the first three minutes of the penalty and a too-many-men-on-the-ice call caused an early end to the Crimson power play.

Justin Courtnall added the fifth BU goal about eight minutes into the period, sneaking the puck inside the left post on a wraparound shot. Grimshaw cut the margin to 5-2 when he backhanded the puck past Millan on the rush after passes from Michael Biega and Alex Killorn.