No. 6/9 Men's Ice Hockey Suffers First Setback of Year, Falls 4-2 to No. 12/14 Boston College

Harvard suffered a 4-2 setback against BC on Friday night at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
Harvard suffered a 4-2 setback against BC on Friday night at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  –  Despite goals from junior forward Jack Badini and sophomore forward Jack Drury, No. 6/9 Harvard men's ice hockey (6-1-0) suffered its first loss of the season, falling 4-2 to No. 12/14 Boston College (9-4-0) in front of a sold-out crowd at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Senior goaltender Cameron Gornet made 24 saves in net, while BC freshman goaltender Spencer Knight stopped 27 shots, with Harvard outshooting BC, 29-28, for the evening.

In a tightly played opening period, Harvard struck first, as Badini put in a rebound of a Henry Bowlby shot at 9:27 of the frame to make it 1-0

That marked the seventh straight game to open the year that Harvard has struck first.

In a back-and-forth second period, with the Eagles pressing for the equalizer, Harvard extended its lead to 2-0 on Drury's power play goal at 17:15. Sophomore defenseman Jack Rathbone hit Drury with a great high-low pass, and the sophomore hit the top corner after a great move in front of the net.

But BC struck for three goals in a span of 1:52 at the end of the period to shift momentum in its favor. Aapeli Rasanen scored a power play goal at 17:35, then Alex Newhook (18:30) and David Cotton (19:27) added goals to give the Eagles their first lead of the game.

Harvard had three power play chances in the third period, but could not even the game, and BC added a shorthanded goal, as Marc McLaughlin put in a 2-on-1 rebound at 8:31 mark to account for the final margin of victory. 

Game Notes
- Harvard has scored first in seven straight games to open the 2019-20 season.
- Junior forward Henry Bowlby extended his team-leading point streak to six games. Sophomore forward Jack Drury (goal) has points in five straight contests
- Harvard has scored a power play goal in five straight contests and is 6-for-22 (27.3%) on the man advantage in that span.