Held scoreless in the opening period, Harvard's hockey team scored four goals in each of the next two periods to defeat Northeastern, 8-4, last night at the Boston Garden in the first round of the Beanpot Tournament.
B.U. outlasted B.C., 4-2, in the second game last night and will face Harvard in the Beanpot final next Monday at the Garden.
Exhibiting a rusty post-exam style, the Crimson fell behind 1-0 in the first period before taking control of the game. The plot was familiar to Harvard fans who have seen the icemen consistently rebound from sloppy first periods to wear down their opponents' defenses.
Once again sophomore Joe Cavanagh was outstanding, scoring one goal and assisting four others while controlling the tempo of the game with his stick handling and passing.
Cavanagh's five points continued his 16-game scoring streak and increased his point total to 42--five more than team leader Jack Turco's total at the end of last year.
Harvard's other sophomores were also effective: wings Steve Owen and Don DeMichele scored two and one goals, respectively, and defensemen Dave Jones and Terry Driscoll added a goal apiece.
But if the other two lines were not as productive as the sophomores, they showed the scoring potential that the Crimson will need in its tougher contests.
Coach Cooney Weiland has been alternating Pete Mueller with Dwight Ware on the second line and George Murphy with Jim Hornig on the first line, and the strategy has paid off in the lines aggressive forechecking.
That was the way Harvard scored its goals--throwing the puck into the Northeastern zone and then manuvering for the close shot. Ironically, Jack Turco's line, which usually relies on this style of play, was the only line to convert a rush into a goal.
Turco scored the Crimson's sixth goal of the night on a pretty play set up by Dwight Ware. Ware took a cross-ice pass, drew the defense over to the boards, and then slipped out to Chip Otness, who tipped it to Turco for the shot.
Northeastern opened the scoring at 15:28 of the first period when wing Glenn Eramo recovered a rebound and slid the puck under Crimson goaltender Bruce Durno.
The Crimson struck quickly in the second period, tying the score after 39 seconds on Owen's goal.
Drizcoll put Harvard in front on a screened slap shot from the blue line at 5:16, and his partner Jones scored Harvard's third goal on a quick wrist shot over goalie Ken Leu's shoulder.
Owen's second goal of the period, assisted by Cavanagh and DeMichele, brought Harvard's second-period splurge to an end.
Goalie Bruce Durno saved the Crimson in the last two periods with his crucial stops. With a three-goal lead, Harvard let up noticeably in the final period, continuing its scoring but failing to play tight defense in its own zone.
Northeastern opened the third-period scoring on a power play goal at 2:59, but Harvard retaliated with goals by Cavanagh. Turco, and Murphy to make the score 7-3.
Then, to the joy of the overwhelmingly anti-Harvard crowd, Northeastern scored two goals within a minute. That was the Huskies last gasp, however as DeMichele scored the Crimson's last goal within a minute of Northeastern's flurry.