BC Men’s Hockey closed out the 68th Beanpot from TD Garden with an explosion as they poured seven goals on No. 18 Harvard in the consolation game. Despite falling behind early, the Eagles stormed back with five straight goals to put the game to bed by the end of the second period.
Senior forward Julius Mattila reached a career milestone as he joined the 100-point club with a first period assist. Mattila is the 82nd player in Eagles’ history to reach the mark.
The offensive output for BC was headlined by a pair of underclassmen. Sophomore Jack McBain scored two goals for the second time this season. Matt Boldy was a key contributor with a goal and two assists to go along with five shots. Three points is a new career-high for the freshman.
Spencer Knight put in another stellar performance with 26 stopped shots. He now has 16 wins on the season.
Harvard struck first off a power play after Boldy was given a two-minute minor for slashing just 56 seconds into the first period. Just over a minute later, Casey Dornbach blasted a one-timer past the outstretched Knight from the left wing. Jack Rothbone provided the assist.
David Cotton leveled the game up for the Eagles with just under six minutes remaining in the first. Mattila made an unselfish pass from directly in front of the goal to the right post that Cotton casually flipped past a helpless Mitchell Gibson.
The tie was short lived as McBain fired BC in front in the closing minutes of the period. McBain had his initial shot saved, but recovered and fired a shot off the knee of a Crimson defender that trickled past the goal line.
Logan Hutsko scored the first extended lead to 3-1 six minutes into the second period and started off a four-goal second period downpour for the Eagles. Ben Finkelstein played a beautiful pass that Hutsko received in stride and fired inside the near post.
Sophomore Alex Newhook got in on the action next on a shorthanded rush. He blew past the Crimson defense and finished inside the right post with a slick backhand shot.
Luke McInnis was the provider for McBain’s second goal of the night and another shorthanded score. With just over six minutes left before the intermission, McInnis fired a centering pass across the face of goal from the left wing that McBain was just able to tip under the crossbar.
Seconds later, R.J. Murphy got a goal back and temporarily stopped the bleeding for the Crimson. He snuck a shot past Knight from the right wing faceoff circle to make the score 5-2.
Newhook got the assist this time on the Eagles’ final goal of the second period. He and Boldy played a 2-on-1 to perfection as Boldy slotted the one-timer from Newhook home with ease. BC held a commanding 6-2 advantage entering the third period.
Mike Hardman scored the only goal of the third period five minutes and 16 seconds in. Boldy wrestled through a Harvard defender and slide forward a pass that Hardman extended to get hold of. He finished the 1-on-1 inside the near post to make the score 7-2.
The Eagles were obviously disappointed to find themselves in a consolation game, but glad they got back on track and closed out the Beanpot strongly.
They will look to keeping the offensive momentum this weekend. They face Merrimack in a home-and-home series that begins Friday, February 14th at 7 pm from Lawler Rink.
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