Fitzgerald Lifts Boston College Past Harvard In Overtime, 3-2
Sophomore forward Ryan Fitzgerald nets game-winning goal for Eagles

Sophomore forward Ryan Fitzgerald scored the game-winning goal for the Eagles
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 15:06  BC1-0 PP Alex Tuch (13)Zach Sanford/16, Ian McCoshen/9
2nd 9:23  HAR1-1 EV Alexander Kerfoot (7)Desmond Bergin/6, Kyle Criscuolo/20
2nd 11:05  HAR2-1 PP Sean Malone (5)Jimmy Vesey/21, Alexander Kerfoot/15
3rd 8:40  BC2-2 EV Matthew Gaudreau (3)Teddy Doherty/15, Steve Santini/4
OT 1:16  BC3-2 EV GW Ryan Fitzgerald (14)Destry Straight/6, Ian McCoshen/10
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Harvard  02002
Boston College  10113
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Harvard  91511035
Boston College  8215227
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Harvard (14-10-3)  1/7 5/10 0
Boston College (19-10-3)  1/5 7/14 0
Harvard Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Steve Michalek (L, 14-10-3)61:133 7214124
Empty Net0:030      
Boston College Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Thatcher Demko (W, 17-9-3)61:142 91311033
Empty Net0:020      

BOSTON - No. 9 Boston College and No. 15 Harvard battled to a stalemate in regulation, but sophomore Ryan Fitzgerald's overtime winner at 1:16 sent the Eagles to a 3-2 victory in the consolation round of the 63rd annual Beanpot Tournament on Monday evening at TD Garden.

Fitzgerald's fifth game-winner of the season, a team-best, was boosted by auxiliary goals from rookie Alex Tuch and sophomore Matthew Gaudreau. Tuch's tally counted as his third power play goal of the season while Gaudreau's marker was his third of the year.

Sophomore Ian McCoshen provided a pair of assists, his fifth points in three outings, while senior Destry Straight junior Teddy Doherty, sophomore Steve Santini and rookie Zach Sanford all assisted in the victory.

Sophomore goaltender Thatcher Demko picked up his third-career Beanpot victory, stopping 33-of-35 Crimson attempts. Demko's counterpart, Steve Michalek, thwarted 24 of BC's 27 attempts.

Both clubs had ample opportunities on the power play, each striking once. The Eagles granted Harvard with seven power plays while BC had five.

Harvard jumped all over the Eagles on the offensive end to start the contest, but it was BC that attacked first on its second power play opportunity of the night.

After Jimmy Vesey went off for hitting after the whistle at 14:58, the Eagles took just eight seconds to find the back of the net.

McCoshen quarterbacked the play and got the puck down to Sanford on the near post. Sanford triggered on Michalek and the initial stop was made, but Tuch streaked in down the left slot and banged back the carom at 15:08 for the power play strike to put the Eagles up, 1-0.

Starting off the second period, the Eagles did not convert on a 57-second window of a two-man advantage starting at 3:41. Harvard was called for too many men at 2:38 and Max Everson followed at 3:41 for tripping. Boston College was kept off the board and the Crimson tied it up at 9:23 on a nifty maneuver by Alexander Kerfoot.

Kyle Criscuolo provided Kerfoot with the puck in the slot. Kerfoot made a quick head fake to afford himself some room and beat Demko short side to make it 1-1.

Minutes later, Sean Malone crafted a heads-up play to give Harvard its first lead of the game at 11:05 of the second. Vesey spun to the front of the net and flung the puck towards the net. With the disc still flying in the air, Malone swatted the puck and made contact, bashing it past Demko for a 2-1 edge.

The Eagles' penalty kill took its turn staving off a 5-on-3 to start the third period after sophomore Adam Gilmour and Straight took penalties late in the second and early in the third, respectively. The Crimson came out with a couple chances to start the third, but never found the back of the net.

Boston College picked up some momentum and Gaudreau tied it up in traffic at 8:40 of third period.

Santini lobbed a long shot into traffic and Doherty got his stick in the fray to take another whack at the puck. The disc squeaked over to Gaudreau in the slot just in front of the crease with no one in front. Gaudreau took his chance and hammered it past an outstretched Michalek to knot it, 2-2.

The contest extended into overtime but it did not take long for the Eagles to end it.

Harvard hailed for a timeout 1:08 into the extra session, but the breather ended up benefitting BC as Fitzgerald dunked home the game-winner eight seconds later.

McCoshen dialed up the play from atop the zone and sent it into Straight on the crease. Straight and Fitzgerald rustled around with the puck in front of Harvard's defense and Fitzgerald's stick ended up connecting at the right time to walk-off the Eagles with the 3-2 victory in overtime.

Boston College will wrap up the 2014-15 regular season with a road trip to perennial rival Notre Dame for a pair on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28. Friday's game will take place at 7:30 p.m. while Saturday's game is slated for 6 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.

Game Notes

- Jerry York has never finished in fourth place at the Beanpot in 21 seasons. York is 29-13, all-time in Beanpot contests.

- Sophomore Ian McCoshen matched a career-best three-game point streak and has now accounted for five points over that stretch. Monday marked McCoshen's fourth-career two-assist performance.

- Alex Tuch logged his third power play goal of the season and leads the Eagles with 27 points (14-13-27).

- Ryan Fitzgerald's overtime tally stands as his fifth game-winning goal of the season and sixth of his career. Fitzgerald is tied for sixth in the country in game-winning goals.

- Matthew Gaudreau's first-career Beanpot Tournament point stood as his first-career game-tying goal and third of the season.