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