Beanpot final pits Harvard, N’eastern for first time
Marek Hejduk scored two goals, including the game winner with 1.5 seconds left in overtime, and Harvard beat Boston College 4-3 in one of the Beanpot semi-finals on Monday night at Boston’s TD Garden.
The annual college hockey tournament, which hosts four Boston schools, did not disappoint on the first day of this year. Heiduk, son of former NHL forward Milan Heiduk, helped out the Crimson, who had squandered a two-goal lead in the final four minutes of regulation.
But the Eagles (9-11-6) couldn’t complete the comeback, and Harvard (16-6-1) will play the Northeast in the Finals next Monday. In the other semi-final, the Huskies beat Boston University 3-1, ensuring fans get to see history next week. For the first time in the tournament’s 70-year history, the Northeast and Harvard will meet in a title match.
Matthew Coronato scored two powerplay goals for Harvard in the win. As part of the Eagles, Nikita Nesterenko scored, and team-mate Lukas Gustafsson added two assists.
In the other semi-final, Husky goaltender Devon Levy made 33 saves at the Terriers (20-7-0) to end a seven straight win streak.
Aidan McDonough, Yakov Novak and Hunter McDonald scored as the Northeast improved to 14-10-3.