Freshman forward Jack McBain scored the game-winning goal for the Eagles
Boston College Edges Past Harvard In Beanpot Opener, 2-1
Freshman forward Jack McBain scored the game-winning goal for the Eagles

BOSTON - Boston College will compete for its first Beanpot Championship since 2016 and 21st overall after defeating No. 17 Harvard 2-1 in the first round of the 67th annual tournament on Monday night at TD Garden.

Led by a pair of tallies from freshmen Patrick Giles and Jack McBain and 27 saves from goaltender Joseph Woll, the Eagles topped the Crimson to set up a date with either Boston University or reigning champion Northeastern University next Monday.

Giles netted his first collegiate goal five minutes into the first period as the trailer on a 3-on-2. Graham McPhee laid a drop pass into the high slot for the rookie, who delayed before firing a shot high glove side to beat Michael Lackey.

Harvard tied the game late in the second period as Henry Bowlby finished a centering pass from defenseman John Marino.

With the game knotted at one in the third, McBain registered his sixth goal of the season on a give-and-go passing sequence with linemate and classmate Oliver Wahlstrom. McBain collected Wahlstrom's backhand drop pass in the slot and fired a forehand shot into the upper right corner glove side.

Boston College (10-12-3, 9-4-3 HEA) was a perfect 4-for-4 against the nation's most dangerous power play (34.3-percent), including a frantic 6-on-4 kill in the final minute to seal the victory. The loss snapped the Crimson's four-game winning streak.

The Eagles will be making their 36th appearance in the Beanpot final next Monday. BC improved to 29-14 all-time against Harvard in the Beanpot.


4:57 1st, BC Goal (1-0) | McPhee raced out of the defensive zone to create a 3-on-2 and dropped the puck back to a trailing Giles, whose heavy wrister beat Lackey high glove side for his first collegiate goal

15:37 2nd, HU Goal (1-1) | Marino skated around a pair of BC defenders and continued through the right wing corner before centering a pass to Bowlby, who found a seam and beat Woll stick side to even the score

12:22 3rd, BC Goal (2-1) | McBain bounced a pass up the left wing for Wahlstrom, who backhanded a return pass off a Harvard skate to McBain in the slot; McBain quickly snapped a shot top shelf glove side for the eventual game-winning goal


Boston College will return to Hockey East action this Friday night (Feb. 8) at Tsongas Center against No. 15 UMass Lowell. Puck drop is slated for 7:15 p.m. and the game will air live on NESN.

Game Summary

Monday, February 4, 2019

Game statistics
28 Shots 18
0 / 4 Power Plays 0 / 5
6 / 12 PIM 5 / 10
11-7-3 Records 10-12-3
Harvard Boston College
Patrick Giles (1)
Henry Bowlby (5)
Jack McBain (6)
3rd/12:22  GW
Harvard Boston College
Michael Lackey
58:33, 16 Saves, 2 GA
(L, 11-6-3)

Empty Net
1:27, 0 GA
Joseph Woll
60:00, 27 Saves, 1 GA
(W, 9-11-3)

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