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Harvard Falls to BU 3-1 in Beanpot Opener

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com – In a rematch of last year’s consolation game, the Harvard Crimson fell to the Boston University Terriers 3-1 in the first round of the 2012 Beanpot yesterday at the TD Garden.


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“Obviously we’re frustrated, but I give BU a lot of credit,” former Bruins player and Harvard Head Coach Ted Donato said. “They got out ahead of us early, we were in the box far too often in the first half of the game and [goaltender Kieran] Milan made it awfully tough for us to get back into it.”

Harvard took three penalties in the first period as the Terriers took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Matt Nieto.

BU forward Wade Megan piled on two more goals in the second frame to give his team a comfortable lead, but alternate captain Alex Killorn scored a goal a minute and a half later to put the Crimson on the board with 4:23 seconds left in the period.

However, that was all the offense Harvard could muster in the game as they fell to BU, who they beat in last year’s tournament to take third place.

“I feel like we came out a little flat in the beginning and all those penalties we got in the first period made it difficult to get in the game,” Boston Bruins prospect Alex Fallstrom said. “I feel like after the first period, we came together and told ourselves to bounce back and we did that. It was too bad it didn’t go the way we wanted.”

After missing four straight games with an injury, Fallstrom returned to the lineup Friday night for Harvard’s 6-3 win against Quinnipiac.

Fallstrom, who has eight goals and seven assists this season, was excited that he was able to come back in time for the 60th Beanpot Tournament.

Despite losing in the first round for the third straight season, the Bruins 2009 draft pick is looking forward to the consolation game.

“It hasn’t really gone the way we want it to the past, this year including,” Fallstrom said. “But hopefully we’ll be able to get that W next [Monday] and come again next year and hopefully we’ll be in that championship game.

"It was great [to come back from the injury] – this is such a great tournament to play in and such a great atmosphere and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

--- Anthony Gulizia
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