Boston College-Harvard Final Score: On Tuesday night at Conte Forum (Kelley Rink), the #8 Boston College Eagles were defeated by the Harvard Crimson, 6-3.
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The loss by Boston College marks the first time in ten years that they have lost four games in a row. It is also the first time since 2006 that Boston College has lost to the Crimson, breaking a nine-game win streak over Harvard.
The Eagles were without the services of an ill sophomore goalie Thatcher Demko for the game, and the school announced today that backup senior goalie Brian Billett has left the team indefinitely to take a personal leave of absence. Alex Joyce, a sophomore, was added to the roster while senior Brad Barone made his first career start.
It did not go well for Barone, who allowed five goals during the contest.
Harvard outshot the Eagles 28-26 for the game, with Barone making 22 saves in the loss. He was bested by Harvard’s Steve Michalek, who saved 23 shots to earn the Crimson’s second victory of the season.
Harvard’s Alexander Kerfoot recorded a hat trick in a stellar individual performance (3-2-5).
Boston College-Harvard Final: Goal Chart
Boston College-Harvard Final: Bottom Line
The Eagles started out slowly during the game and paid for it with a 2-0 deficit after one period. They had some fight in the second, but still got outscored in the period.
Finally, showing that one cannot predict sports, the Eagles were mostly flat in the third period, but scored a few late goals to make the score look respectable before an empty-netter officially put Boston College out of their misery.
All accounts indicate that Boston College’s effort was lacking, with questionable plays on both ends of the ice, including at least one serious miscue by captain Mike Matheson, who turned the puck over into what became the second Harvard goal.
To hear that a Jerry York team played a lazy game is shocking. To hear that they played a lazy game at home against a below-average team following a three-game losing streak is almost unthinkable.
There is still much of the season to play, but it has been a long time since we have seen Boston College hockey lose like this. Harvard should have been a victory under normal circumstances, but the Eagles were no-shows. If this continues much longer, it will become time to seriously question this team’s ceiling. We may not be there yet, but we are getting close.
Boston College-Harvard Final: Next Up
The Eagles will travel to East Lansing, Michigan on Friday night to face the Michigan State Spartans.