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Harvard Tops NU 3-2 in Beanpot Consolation

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA – Prior to the start of the 60th Annual Beanpot tournament, Harvard forward Alex Fallstrom was unsure if he’d be back from his injury in time for the start of the tournament.

But the Boston Bruins prospect recovered and overcame a loss to BU in the first round, as he scored his first career Beanpot goal to lift Harvard to a 3-2 win over the Northeastern Huskies in the consolation game.

“Being injured is always boring – it’s not fun,” Fallstrom said. “I was just happy to be back on the ice and be back with the team and hopefully [help them] get some [more] Ws down the stretch.”

With the game tied 1-1 late in the second period, freshman forward Tommy O’Regan disrupted the Huskies rush in the Harvard zone, and then delivered a crisp pass through the neutral zone to Fallstrom.

Fallstrom raced up the ice and snapped a hard wrist shot past over the shoulder of NU goaltender Clay Witt, giving his team a 2-1 lead with 1:47 left in the period.

As Fallstrom described the play, he was quick to attribute his teammate for his success.

“It was kind of a broken play in our zone and Tommy O’Reagan picked it up on the boards he hit me with a nice stretch pass,” Fallstrom said. “I just cut across the ice and fired at the goalie’s blocker.”

Harvard (8-7-10) forward Luke Greiner added another goal in the third period, while a goal by NU forward Luke Eibler brought it back to a one-goal deficit just 23 seconds later.

However, the Crimson’s lead proved insurmountable as they won the consolation game for the second-straight year, and improved to 23-18 (11-9 in consolation) against Northeastern (11-14-3) in the Beanpot. 

“I think we’re happy with the win – I thought our team worked hard for three periods,” former Bruins player and Harvard Head coach Ted Donato said. “I think the game certainly lacked spirit and emotion early on, but I think both teams picked it up as game went on.

“We had a lot of chances – hit a few posts, but I think our guys stayed with it and finished it off in the third period.”

--- Anthony Gulizia
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