BOSTON - Senior Patrick Harper tallied two assists and was one of five different Terriers to find the back of the net as the Boston University men's ice hockey team defeated No. 9/12 Harvard, 5-2, on Tuesday night at Agganis Arena.
BU (5-6-5) held a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes thanks to goals by freshmen Trevor Zegras and Robert Mastrosimone. Harper, senior captain Patrick Curry and junior Cam Crotty tacked on insurance goals in the final two frames to seal the win and hand Harvard (6-2-0) just its second loss of the season.
Crotty also had an assist for a two-point night while junior David Farrance added a pair of helpers. Freshman Jamie Armstrong collected his first collegiate assist while senior Kasper Kotkansalo and freshman Ethan Phillips also had one assist apiece. Graduate student Sam Tucker made 23 saves to lock down his fifth win of the campaign.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Zegras opened the scoring only 1:21 into the proceedings. Harper picked the pocket of a Crimson defender that tried to skate out of his own zone. The puck popped right to Zegras, who was in alone on Cameron Gornet and calmly beat the netminder for his fifth goal of the season.
- Harvard answered with a shorthanded goal just 1:22 later to tie the score at 1-1.
- Mastrosimone made it 2-1 at 7:30 of the first frame. Phillips dangled past a defender and skated to the bottom of the left faceoff circle before firing a shot that caromed off Mastrosimone and into the back of the net.
- The Terriers took advantage of a delayed penalty to extend their lead to 3-1 at 17:37 of the second stanza. Kotkansalo dished the puck to Farrance who then zipped the puck across the zone to Curry for a one-timer that whistled past Gornet.
- Crotty pushed the advantage to 4-1 at 5:09 of the third period when he teed up the puck at the top of the zone and blasted a shot low past the keeper.
- Harvard got a goal back with 4:35 remaining in regulation, but Harper secured the result when he lofted the puck into an empty Crimson cage from his own end.
- This was Harper's second three-point effort of the season; he also notched three points (2g, 1a) at UMass Lowell on Oct. 25.
- Farrance has factored on four of the Terriers' five game-winning goals this season.
- Tuesday was Farrance's seventh multi-point performance of the year, which leads all NCAA defensemen.
- Curry has tallied a point in 12 different games this season; only five other skaters in the nation have recorded a point in more games than Curry.
- This was the second time this season that five different Terriers lit the lamp in the same game; that also occurred in the season-opening triumph at Union.
- BU allowed a shorthanded goal for the first time since Jan. 27, 2018, at Arizona State.
- BU will close out the first semester on Saturday night when the Terriers host Northeastern at Agganis Arena.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.