BOSTON - The No. 13 Boston University men's ice hockey team suffered its third straight loss on Monday, dropping a 7-4 contest to Harvard in the consolation game of the 61st Beanpot at TD Garden. The Terriers move to 13-12-1 on the year.
BU scored the first two goals of the game and held a 3-2 lead early in the second period before the Crimson reeled off four straight goals, capped by a tally at 3:13 of the third to make it a 6-3 contest.
The Terriers got their second power-play goal of the night with 8:36 remaining in regulation to cut the deficit to two but Harvard's Luke Greiner finished off a hat trick with an empty-netter in the closing seconds to create the 7-4 final. Harvard (6-15-2) is just 2-13-2 in its last 17 contests but both wins have come against the Terriers.
Senior Wade Megan and sophomore Cason Hohmann each recorded a goal and an assist for BU. Freshman Mike Moran opened the scoring with his first collegiate goal and sophomore Evan Rodrigues also found the back of the net.
BU tied a season high with 47 shots on goal and allowed 31 on the other end as freshman Sean Maguire made 24 saves in his Beanpot debut. Fellow freshman Peter Traber picked up the win in goal with a 43-save performance.
Moran poked in a loose puck just 3:12 into the game following a shot by senior Ryan Santana that Traber wasn't able to cover up.
Despite skating shorthanded, the Terriers doubled their lead at 11:45 when Megan redirected a shot over Traber off an assist from Hohmann. It was Megan's third shorthanded tally of the season.
Just four seconds after that power play ended, the Crimson got on the board when junior Dan Ford converted at the crease with exactly seven minutes left in the opening stanza.
The Crimson kept the momentum and were able to knot up the game before the first intermission as senior Danny Biega scored unassisted with just 14 seconds left in the period.
A period issued to Harvard at the end of the first helped BU regain the lead early in the second. Rodrigues scored his ninth goal of the season with helpers from junior Matt Nieto and Santana at the 1:38 mark.
The lead did not last long, however, as senior Marshall Everson made it a 3-3 affair less than two minutes later to start a run of four straight Crimson goals.
Greiner gave Harvard a lead it would not relinquish, scoring back-to-back goals with the latter coming on a power play. The first came just 73 seconds after Everson's marker and he followed that up with one on the man advantage at 16:33 to give his squad a 5-3 advantage after two.
Everson also had a multi-goal night, finishing off the run with a strike just 3:13 into the third.
Hohmann got his goal on the power play with assists from junior Sahir Gill and Megan to make it 6-4 but that's as close as BU would get. BU is 2-6 in the last four Beanpots after posting a 35-5 record in the 20 prior Beanpots.
The Terriers will return to action this weekend for a two-game series at Maine beginning on Friday (Feb. 15). The game, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.