ST. LOUIS--Harvard's varsity hockey team closed out its 1974-75 season Saturday by dropping a 10-5 decision to Boston University in a somewhat meaningless NCAA consolation game 1038 miles from Cambridge.
The Crimson's defeat before a meager crowd in St. Louis Arena gave Harvard (23-6) a fourth place finish in the nation, the same ranking as last year. The Terriers, 26-5-1 overall, took the third slot, also for the second consecutive season.
Harvard's skaters were eliminated in the NCAA's semifinal round last Thursday when they fell to Minnesota, 6-4, after squandering a 4-1 lead. Boston University, in the other semifinal match, took a 9-5 drubbing from Michigan Tech, which outclassed the Gophers 6-1 in the finale to finish first in the country.
The West Dominates
This year marked the 22nd time in the NCAA's 28-year history that a western team has garnered the national crown. Harvard has reached the playoffs seven times but has never advanced beyond the semifinals.
The Crimson jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, but with five minutes remaining in the opening stanza. Boston University began a five-goal barrage. Midway through the second period, the Terriers held a 6-3 edge.
The teams traded goals near the end of the middle period, and three minutes into the final stanza. Harvard's Jim Thomas scored on a power play, cutting B.U.'s lead to 7-5. The Terriers' Bill Burlington, Mike Fidler and Mike Eruzione tallied in the contest's final five minutes to put the game away.
Fidler, a freshman out of Maiden Catholic High School, and junior Terry Meagher each scored the hat trick to pace the B.U. offense. Paul Haley, Kevin Carr and Dave Gauthier (two goals) converted for the Crimson.
John Aiken made 19 stops for Harvard while B.U.'s Pat Devlin blocked 24 shots. Defenseman Ed Rossi, nursing a shoulder injury, and forward Leigh Hogan, nursing a muscle pull in his stomach, both sat out the game. Captain Randy Roth finished the year with a team-high total of 49 points.