BOSTON, Mass. – Despite a late push by the Crimson, No. 17 Harvard (10-7-4) fell to No. 12 Northeastern (15-7-2), 3-1, in the opening game of the 68th Beanpot.
Sophomore forward Jack Drury scored a power play goal at 5:17 of the opening period to give Harvard the early lead, but Northeastern answered with a power play goal, scored with :30 left in the second period to take the lead, and held on for the victory as Harvard had several great scoring chances in the final 20 minutes.
Harvard outshot Northeastern, 28-24 for the game, and 14-7 in the third period. Trailing 2-1, the Crimson had a 5-on-3 for 1:45 at the beginning of the final period of play, but could not find the game-tying goal.
The Crimson had perhaps its best scoring chance at the 10:45 mark of the third period, as first-year forward Nick Abruzzese fired a shot on net from the high slot that was kicked out by Northeastern goaltender Craig Pantano (27 saves). Sophomore forward Casey Dornbach pounced on the rebound but his backhander was stopped by the leg of a Northeastern defenseman.
With Harvard skating with an extra attacker in the final minute, Ryan Shea sealed the win with an empty-net goal at 19:09.
Harvard had the game's first power play and Drury wasted no time scoring his team-leading 14th goal of the season. A pass to the circle from Abruzzese gave the sophomore forward a look alone in front. He cut to his forehand and flipped a shot over the shoulder of Pantano at 5:17 of the opening period.
Northeastern scored on its power play chance on a deflection in front by Zach Solow at 12:20 and the score remained tied at the end of the first period.
- Sophomore forward Jack Drury (goal) has 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in his last nine games with a nine-game point game streak.
- First-year forward Nick Abruzzese (assist)), and now has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his last eight games.
- Harvard fell to 24-21 all-time against Northeastern in Beanpot contests.