Ford and the Crimson will play in the consolation game of the Beanpot Tournament next Monday (Photo courtesy: Jim Pierce).
BOSTON – The Harvard men's hockey team fell to crosstown rival No. 11/11 Northeastern in the first semifinal game of the 62nd annual Beanpot, as the Crimson (6-12-3, 3-9-3 ECAC) dropped a 6-0 decision to the Huskies (16-8-3, 8-5-1 HEA) on the first Monday in February.
Though Harvard was not able to figure out NU's Clay Witt, owner of the nation's best save percentage coming into the evening contest, the Crimson very nearly capitalized on a bevy of opportunities. The two squads combined for 31 penalties, a season high for both teams.
Northeastern opened up the scoring near the six-minute mark of the first period, as Dalen Hedges was able to beat senior netminder Raphael Girard high and outside. After Harvard drew a pair of penalties midway through the stanza, NU was able to capitalize on the two-man advantage. After a feed from John Stevens, Husky sophomore Kevin Roy beat Girard to put Northeastern ahead, 2-0, before the first intermission.
Before the five-minute mark in the second period, the Huskies tacked on two more scores, one each from Torin Snydeman and Braden Pimm to give Northeastern a commanding 4-0 lead into the final period of play.
The Crimson nearly got on the board midway through the second, as Jimmy Vesey was able to fire off a pair of shots, followed by attempted put-backs from Victor Newell and David Valek, but Witt collected four of his 27 saves during the rapid possession.
The Huskies added another power play goal just 16 seconds into the third with a blue-line laser from Colton Saucerman, while Mike Szmatula bookended the period on a score with under three minutes remaining for a 6-0 lead.
Harvard returns to the ice Friday for an ECAC showdown with travel partner Dartmouth in the comforts of the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.