Playing the Terriers may have just been what Harvard needed.
Last week, Northeastern defeated No. 13 BU (13-12-1, 10-7-1 Hockey East) in the Beanpot for the first time in 25 years. Consequently, the Terriers ended up facing off against Harvard in just its fourth consolation game in the last 30 years.
Coming into Monday’s contest, the Crimson had only won one game in its last 16–the sole victory coming against BU on Jan. 9, where they came back from two 3-goal deficits to win, 6-5, in overtime.
The Harvard men’s hockey team (6-15-2, 3-12-1 ECAC) again found itself down on separate occasions, trailing 2-0 in the first period and 3-2 in the second.
But in a season characterized by a number of lows, the Crimson was able to fight back as it did over a month ago against the same Terrier squad.
Harvard scored three goals in the second and two more in the third, capped off by senior Luke Greiner’s first career hat trick, to defeat BU, 7-4, to clinch third place for the 16th time in Beanpot history.
This was a night for the seniors, with six of the seven Crimson goals coming off the sticks of these Beanpot veterans.
“I was happy that our senior group carried the day for us today and it was nice to see them have such a big night,” Harvard coach Ted Donato ’91 said.