The Harvard men's hockey team won its first Beanpot game in four years last night at the Boston Garden, topping Boston College, 6-5.
Crimson freshman Lane MacDonald scored the game-winner at 6:10 of the final period to break a run of five straight Eagle goals. The B.C. comeback itself came on the heels of five straight Crimson tallies that opened the contest.
" Harvard (15-3-2), which lost Boston University. 5-3, in the opening round of the Beanpot, earned a third-place finish in the tourney and gave C0ach Bill Cleary his 200th career victory.
Northeastren won its second consecutive Beanpot in the late game last night, defeating Boston University, 4-2.
Despite cruising to its huge early lead, the Crimson needed MacDonald to earn its first victory over B.C. in three years.
Play evened out following the fifth and typing B.C. goal by Doug Brown at 2:28 of the final period.
A few minutes later, Scott Fusco, who already had a goal and an assist to his credit, worked the puck loose on the right boards at center ice and broke off on a semi-breakaway.
The Burlington, Mass. Native didn't get a very good shot off, but the puck bouneed to the right corner where Crimson junior Tim Smith pried in loose and dealt a perfect cross-ice feed to MacDonald, who was waiting just outside the Eagle crease.
MacDonald banged the puck home before B.C. goalie Shaun Real could react.
While it was a freshman who earned the key goal, the victory belonged to the Crimson seniors more than anyone else.
"So this is what it feels like." Senior Bill Cleary of Auburndale. Mass, said "It's only the consolation, but hell they're the fourth-ranked team in the country. It's awful sweet to beat them."
"There's nothing like winning in the garden," said senior Brian Buscom, a Southboro native. "I won't forget this one."
Busconi and Captain Brad Kwong were playing in their fourth Beanpot, and a loss last night would have given them untarnished 0-8 career marks in the tournament.
So suffice it to say the victory meant a great deal to them.
"You never forget the last one," Buskin said.