BOSTON—The Harvard men’s hockey team has won only two games in the last three months, but the Crimson continues to have Boston University’s number.
Harvard won its first game Monday night since a dramatic overtime win over the Terriers on Jan. 9 by defeating No. 13 BU, 7-4, in the Beanpot consolation game at TD Garden.
After falling behind, 2-0, the Crimson scored five of the next six goals in a dominant offensive performance while freshman Peter Traber made 43 saves to earn his first career victory.
In its last two wins over the Terriers, Harvard has scored more goals than it did in the nine games in between.
“My first comment to [Harvard coach] Teddy Donato is that they should play us all the time,” BU coach Jack Parker said. “They manhandled us.... It was nowhere near the type of effort we need.”
Just over a minute and a half into the second period, BU’s Evan Rodrigues scored a power-play goal to put the Terriers ahead, 3-2.
But from there, seniors Luke Greiner and Marshall Everson went on an offensive tear, registering two tallies each during a 20-minute span.
Everson scored first, tying things up two minutes after Rodrigues’ goal when he took a behind-the-net pass from rookie Kyle Criscuolo and fired it home from the slot.
“We’ve been trying to work the puck down low,” Greiner said. “Tonight we did a good job behind the net and springing some guys in front.”
Just a minute later, Greiner snagged a pass from classmate Conor Morrison and beat Maguire to give Harvard a 4-3 lead.
At the 16:33 mark of the period, the forward was at it again, this time on the power play. Greiner’s second score of the game, off passes from senior Danny Biega and freshman Brian Hart, put the Crimson up, 5-3.
Late in the period, BU’s Alexx Privitera was thrown out of the contest after he kneed senior forward Alex Fallstrom, who remained down for a few moments before slowly getting up.
BU was able to kill the ensuing overlapping five-minute power play, but just seconds after it ended, Everson collected a Fallstrom rebound in the slot and fired past Maguire to put Harvard up, 6-3, with 16:47 to go.
“Our senior group, I thought, carried the day for us,” Donato said. “It was nice to see them have such a big night.”
Cason Hohmann squeezed a rebound past Traber from the left corner of the net with 8:35 remaining to cut the deficit to two, but the rookie was able to withstand heavy pressure and hold the lead the rest of the way. Greiner completed his first career hat trick with an empty-netter with eight seconds to go.