BOSTON---It's a bad sign when you have to defeat the second ranked team in the nation to advance in the Beanpot.
Trying to accomplish the unlikely feat, the Harvard men's hockey team experienced first hand why its opponent deserves such a lofty status.
The Crimson (10-10-1) managed little, offensively or defensively, against No.2 Boston College (21-6-1) and fell in the opening round of the Beanpot, 4-1, at the Fleet Center.
Harvard was playing its third game in four days and suffered its second consecutive loss, recently falling 2-1 to Cornell at Bright Hockey Center last Sunday.
The Crimson had already played B.C. once and almost pulled off the upset on that day, losing to the Eagles in overtime, 3-2, at Bright on Nov.25.
Boston College would make sure this game did not need an extra frame to be decided. The Eagles dominated from the opening faceoff until the final whistle, in search of its first Beanpot title since 1994.
"I have to give credit to B.C., I didn't think we provided much resistance," Harvard Coach Mark Mazzoleni said. "We didn't play anywhere near where we could. We gave them to much space to maneuver in."
It did not take long for B.C., and its star player, to makes its presence felt on the ice.
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