ALLSTON, Mass. - Cutter Gauthier snapped a 1-1 deadlock with his 12th goal of the season in the third period and No. 2 Boston College added a pair of insurance tallies for a 4-1 road victory over No. 20 Harvard on Sunday afternoon at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
The Eagles extended their winning streak to four games and improved to 11-2-1 (4-1-1 HEA) after 14 games. The Crimson dropped to 1-3-3 (1-1-3 ECAC).
Freshman Ryan Leonard scored twice for the second straight game, giving him eight goals during an eight-game point streak. Senior Colby Ambrosio netted his first goal of the season in the third period to make it 3-1.
Rookie Jacob Fowler pushed his record to 11-2-1 between the pipes, stopping 23 of the 24 Harvard shots he faced. Fowler has allowed just goals over his last three starts.
Leonard gave BC a 1-0 lead with 1:45 left in the second period, tipping Charlie Leddy's turnaround shot from the slot past Derek Mullahy's glove. A lengthy shift from the fourth line began the play as Jamie Armstrong picked up the secondary assist.
Harvard tied the game just 28 seconds later on a deflection from Zakary Karpa following a right point shot.
Gauthier put the Eagles ahead for good at 8:29 of the third on a tic-tac-toe passing play with linemates Oskar Jellvik and Andre Gasseau. Gauthier buried a pass from Jellvik from the low right circle after Gasseau had won a wall battle along the right wing boards. The goal was Gauthier's NCAA-leading fifth game-winner of the season.
Ambrosio extended the lead less than two minutes later as the senior was taken down on a partial breakaway but the puck crossed the goal line before the net came off its pegs.
Leonard converted a rebound off a left wing shot from Lukas Gustafsson on the power play at 17:17 to seal the win. Gasseau collected his second assist of the day.
BC out-shot the Crimson 36-24 on the afternoon, including a 16-8 edge in the second period.
Boston College returns to Hockey East play next weekend with a home-and-home series against Northeastern, beginning on Friday night at Kelley Rink.