The Harvard Crimson, led by sophomore Alexander Kerfoot, steamrollered the Boston College Eagles with a final score of 6-3 at the Kelley Rink on Tuesday. Kerfoot netted three goals on the night, in addition to racking up two assists.
"We're usually happy to leave here with two points," Harvard head coach Ted Donato said, on the Crimson’s first win against BC since 2006. "This is a tough place to play, against a team that year in and year out is the best in college hockey."
BC puttered their way through the first two periods, squandering powerplays left and right. With eight minutes left in the third period the Eagles had only one goal to their name, courtesy of sophomore Matt Gaudreau.
The final half of the third period saw desperate momentum building for the Eagles. Senior Destry Straight and freshman Alex Tuch each netted a goal within a minute and a half of the other to raise the Eagles to three goals on the night.
In a last-ditch attempt to capture some of this late energy, BC head coach Jerry York pulled senior goalie Brian Barone with little over a minute left to play. Harvard, capitalizing on the empty net, scored one last time to nail BC squarely into their coffin of shame and break their own eight-year losing streak against York’s boys.
In addition to their poor performance, injuries plagued the BC bench going into Tuesday’s game. Consummate starting goalie Thatcher Demko was benched with a fever, and lead-defender Steve Santini has been sidelined for the remainder of the season’s first half after wrist surgery on Oct. 28. His return is tentatively slated for BC’s matchup against Michigan on Dec. 13., according to York.
Despite these setbacks, BC, now in the midst of a four-game losing streak, made no excuses for the loss.
"We welcome the challenge,” York said. “We've had a good, hard schedule, but we made this schedule to play."
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