Boston University and Northeastern fans filed into TD Garden Monday night, ready to take their seats for the Beanpot final. But before that, they found Boston College and Harvard heading into overtime, tied at four.
Five minutes later, Seb Lloyd netted the game-winner to hand Harvard the 5-4 win and a third-place finish in the tournament.
“We had some guys who stepped in who haven’t played as much, [which] gave us some jump,” Harvard Head Coach Ted Donato said.
Lloyd is one of those guys. The senior has sat out eight games completely this season. He said he was “just lucky to get some wood” on his OT goal, crediting teammate Adam Fox’s expert vision for the win.
Logan Hutsko recorded a hat trick for the Eagles, scoring two goals in one minute to send the game to overtime. In his last two games, Hutsko has scored five goals, including the overtime winner against UMass Lowell Friday night. His was the first BC hat trick in the Beanpot since 2000.
“Logan is an emerging player in the Hockey East as a freshman,” BC Head Coach Jerry York said. “He’s going to be a key player down the stretch for us.”
Coach Donato watched his son Jake extend the Crimson's lead to two, with Harvard’s fourth goal of the night and Jake's first as a collegiate player. This weekend, he’ll get on a plane to Pyeongchang to watch his older son, Ryan, represent the USA.
With Ryan Donato away, Henry Bowlby stepped up to fill the hole in Harvard’s forward line. He finished the night with one goal and one assist.
Lewis Zerter-Gossage also lit up the stat sheet with one goal, one assist, and three trips to the penalty box.
Eagles defenseman Kevin Lohan made his return to the ice after an unprovoked attack in a Domino’s benched him on January 21.
This is the first time since 1974-1975 that BC has placed last in consecutive Beanpots.
“Coaches will tell you that you have to be able to play 60 minutes,” York said. “Well, sometimes you have to play 65 minutes. We just have to keep getting better so we can play longer at a high tempo.”