BOSTON UNIVERSITY TOPS HARVARD, 3-1, IN BEANPOT OPENER
BU will play in its 49th overall Beanpot final and 16th title game in the last 18 years
BOSTON - The No. 1/2 Boston University men's hockey team advanced to the title game of the 60th Beanpot with a 3-1 victory over Harvard at TD Garden on Monday night.
Junior Wade Megan scored two second-period goals, including the game-winner, and senior goaltender Kieran Millan stopped 29 shots to earn the fourth Beanpot victory of his career. Sophomore Matt Nieto opened the scoring and junior Sean Escobedo and sophomore Sahir Gill earned two assists each.
It marks the 16th time in the last 18 years that the Terriers will play for the Beanpot trophy. BU will make its 49th overall appearance in the championship round. The Terriers have brought home the trophy 29 times.
BU will face archrival Boston College, a 7-1 winner over Northeastern in Monday's second semifinal, in the Beanpot title game on Monday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Nieto made sure BU got on the board first, striking at the 8:14 mark of the first period on a wraparound off an initial rush. Junior Alex Chiasson and Escobedo assisted on the play.
Playing in his 100th career game, Megan took over the team's goal-scoring lead with his 13th and 14th markers of the season.
The Canton, N.Y., native found the back of the net on a power play at 7:30 in the second period with helpers from Escobedo and Gill.
Megan recorded his second tally of the night less than seven minutes later, as he roofed the puck past Harvard netminder Steve Michalek on a backhand at the 14:02 mark after skating in from the left circle off another assist from Gill.
Harvard held a 30-25 advantage in shots and scored the final goal of the game when senior Alex Killorn converted on a power play at the bottom of the slot with 4:33 left in the second.
Michalek made 14 saves for the Crimson before Raphael Girard played the final 21:40 and stopped all eight shots he faced.
BU went 1-of-5 on the power play and killed off three of the Crimson's four power-play chances.