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BC handles Harvard, earns Beanpot title date with Northeastern
Posted By Mike Petraglia On February 4, 2013 @ 10:37 pm In Uncategorized | No Comments
Quinn Smith scored twice and senior goalie Parker Milner stopped 19-of-20 shots as Boston College advanced to its fourth consecutive Beanpot title game with a 4-1 victory over Harvard in Monday night’s nightcap at TD Garden. The Eagles dominated the game, outshooting Harvard 46-20.
The fifth-ranked Eagles (16-7-2) will face underdog Northeastern, which upset Boston University, 3-2 , in Monday’s first game.
After Harvard (5-15-1) had a couple of early scoring chances in the first period, the Eagles dominated the game the rest of the way. BC finally broke the ice when Smith parked himself in the low slot in front of Raphael Girard and collected the puck from Patrick Wey. Smith beat Girard up top glove side for the 1-0 lead with just 28.8 seconds left in the first. BC carried the play in the final 15 minutes of the period and outshot Harvard 15-8 in the first period.
Girard kept Harvard close in the second, but the Crimson could not capitalize on a pair of power plays. Late in the period, BC put the game out of reach with a pair of goals 51 seconds apart.
Smith scored his second of the game and fourth of the season at 18:18 of the second. Less than a minute later, with BC on the power play, Michael Matheson beat Girard from the right circle to make it 3-0 Eagles. Boston College held a 31-14 shots advantage after 40 minutes.
Harvard senior Danny Biega ruined the shutout for Milner and BC with his first of the season with a goal at 9:17 of the third. But Steven Whitney got that marker back with an unassisted goal of his own with 5:02 left in the game.
BC will look for its fourth straight Beanpot next Monday night and its fifth in six years while Northeastern will be gunning for it’s first since 1988 and just its fifth in school history.
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