Feb. 9, 2014
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The Boston University men's ice hockey team (8-15-4) will look to make the most of another appearance in the Beanpot consolation game when the Terriers face Harvard (7-12-3) for third place in the tournament on Monday (Feb. 10). Game time at TD Garden is set for 4:30 p.m.
Last month, BU opened up the second half of its season at Harvard and had a third-period comeback fall short in a 7-4 loss to the Crimson on Jan. 4.
The Last Meeting
January 4, 2014
Men's Ice Hockey Falls at Harvard, 7-4
The Boston University men's ice hockey team opened up the second half of its season on Saturday evening and had a third-period comeback fall short in a 7-4 road loss to Harvard at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
This is the third time in the past four years that the Terriers and Crimson have met for third place in the Beanpot. The Terriers have lost seven of their last eight Beanpot contests and are on a four-game Beanpot losing streak - their longest ever.
BU is playing in the Beanpot consolation game for just the fifth time in the last 31 years and just the 13th time in tournament history. Since 1984, the only other years BU didn't reach the finals were 1994, 2008, 2011 and 2013.
Looking to reverse its recent Beanpot misfortune, Boston University turned in an inspired effort in the semifinals against Boston College, but fell, 3-1, last Monday.
After knocking on the doorstep throughout the first two periods, the Terriers got on the board at 6:43 of the third on a wrister by freshman Robbie Baillargeon to cut a 2-0 deficit in half. BC, however, notched an empty-net goal with 31 seconds remaining in regulation to seal the victory.
The Terriers and Crimson have played 148 times since the 1922-23 season, and BU holds a 76-66-6 (.534) advantage. Harvard has won the past three meetings, however, and has scored at least six goals each time. BU's three-game losing streak is its longest versus the Crimson since dropping three straight from 1979-81.
BU is 27-15 (.634) in its 42 meetings with Harvard at the Beanpot, but has lost three of the four consolation meetings with the Crimson. It's the only losing record the Terriers have against an opponent in any round.
Since topping BU last month, Harvard is 2-5-1 and is coming off a 3-0 home win over Dartmouth on Friday. The Crimson ranks 10th in the ECAC standings.
The Crimson's penalty kill ranks sixth in the nation, operating at an 87-percent success rate.
Sophomore Jimmy Vesey leads the Crimson in both points (17) and goals (11) while classmate Kyle Criscuolo is right behind with 16 points (10g, 6a).
Senior Raphael Girard (.923, 2.63) and junior Steve Michalek (.916, 2.62) have split time in goal and have similar numbers.
Monday's game will pit BU sophomore Danny O'Regan against his brother, Tommy - a junior at Harvard. Tommy's Crimson has won all three meetings between the brothers.
Last month at Harvard, BU scored on its first three power-play chances, including two in the final period to cut a three-goal deficit to one, but Harvard's Sean Malone notched a shorthanded goal while killing off a late major penalty and added an empty netter.
Junior Cason Hohmann scored in the opening minute of that game and has now scored a goal in seven of his past 11 games. He leads BU in goals with nine.