By Scott McLaughlin/DFP Staff
Harvard University scored two goals in the final 4:03 of Monday’s Beanpot consolation game to hand the No. 15 Boston University men’s hockey team its first last-place finish in the Beanpot since 1980. The loss marks just the second time a Jack Parker-coached team has finished fourth in the annual tournament.
BU sophomore forward Alex Chiasson scored his second goal of the game with 5:55 remaining when he tipped home a shot by junior defenseman David Warsofsky to give his team a late 4-3 lead, but the Terriers (14-9-7) could not make it stand up.
Less than two minutes later, sophomore defenseman Danny Biega wristed a shot through heavy traffic and past junior goalie Kieran Millan (24 saves) to tie the game. Senior forward Michael Del Mauro scored what proved to be the game-winner for the Crimson (5-18-1) with 2:08 to go when he collected a rebound at the left doorstep and flipped it into an empty net.
“I thought that was an embarrassing display by my team tonight,” Parker said. “We didn’t come to play. We thought the game was over at any time. … We play fairly hard for a while and get what should be the winning goal and then go to sleep again.”
The Terriers opened the scoring 5:42 into the first with a power-play goal, their first of three on the man advantage. Junior forward Corey Trivino fed Chiasson in the slot for a one-timer that was stopped by senior goalie Ryan Carroll (45 saves), but Chiasson eventually found his own rebound in the ensuing scrum and slid it home for his 11th of the season.
BU started the second period on an extended power play after Harvard junior forward Daniel Moriarty earned himself a five-minute major and a game misconduct for hitting senior forward Joe Pereira from behind in the waning seconds of the first.
Not only did the Terriers fail to capitalize, but Harvard was able to tie the game while shorthanded. A little more than four minutes into the second, sophomore forward Alex Fallstrom rushed down the right wing and centered for junior forward Alex Killorn, who beat two Terriers to the front and was able to bury a one-timer.
The Crimson struck two more times in the next 1:13. First, junior defenseman Ryan Grimshaw took a pass in the high slot and beat Millan blocker-side with a seemingly harmless wrist shot. Just 19 seconds later, Killorn flung a puck to the front from the left corner that banked off Millan and in.
BU answered with two quick goals of its own later in the second. With 7:36 to go in the frame, freshman defenseman Garrett Noonan set up shop at the left doorstep on the power play and banged home a pretty pass from classmate Charlie Coyle for his fourth goal of the season and third in his last four games.
Just 43 seconds later, Noonan jumped into the play again. This time he held the puck in the right circle and faked a shot before sending a cross-box pass to rookie blue-liner Adam Clendening, who had an open net to shoot at and did not miss. The goal was Clendening’s third.
Although Monday’s game has no effect on the Hockey East standings, it does count in the PairWise Rankings used to determine the NCAA Tournament field. Parker said he recognizes what the consequences of Monday’s loss could be.
“A very, very disappointing loss, and a loss that’s going to come back to haunt us later on I believe,” Parker said. “That win doesn’t mean a lot to Harvard. That loss means an awful lot to us. My club wasn’t ready to make sure they got that W.”