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This year, Harvard (8-7-10) beat Northeastern University 3-2 in the consolation game and forward Alex Fallstrom hopes the game has the same impact on the end of the Crimson's current season.
"The past few games before the consolation game, I thought we were playing some good hockey, but we hadn't really got the results we wanted," Fallstrom said.
"I think this win over Northeastern can definitely be a momentum shifter and give us the confidence we need to carry on strong the rest of the season and in the playoffs."
The win put Harvard over the .500-mark for the first time this late in the season since 2007-08.
"We're all really excited," Fallstrom said. "It's really good for our confidence – I think we're feeling good about ourselves and we want to keep our record well above .500 going into the playoffs."
A post-Beanpot surge would certainly benefit the Crimson, but the Harvard team isn't in rough shape to begin with.
Despite matching an NCAA regular season record with 10 ties this season, Fallstrom's team is fourth in the ECAC – the highest they've been since he joined the team.
Harvard resumes action this Friday against Brown University, as they focus on locking up a bye in the playoffs, which is awarded to the top four teams.
"We practiced [Tuesday], we have the day off [Wednesday] to recharge our batteries and then we're back at it [Thursday]," Fallstrom said. "We're going to prepare for that game like we prepare for any other away game, but I'm really looking forward to it. It's going to be an exciting game."
With a win, Harvard could distance themselves from fifth-place Clarkson University, who is just one point behind the Crimson (19).
As the Crimson turn the corner on the home stretch of the season, Fallstrom said he's going to focus on keeping himself healthy while maintaining his level of play.
"I just want to keep playing the way I've been playing," said Fallstrom, who has 10 goals and seven assists. "I've been struggling with a couple of injuries, but I just want to stay healthy and keep playing hard and help my team as much as I can."
But as he helps his team make a strong push into the playoffs, Fallstrom said the lessons he learned at the Boston Bruins development camp over the summer will help with him the most.
Fallstrom, who was acquired by in a trade with Minnesota in 2009, said the Bruins camp taught him the importance of showing up to play his hardest every day.
"Coming down to these games, all the hard work you've been putting up in the summer and early in the season is going to pay off at the end of the season and during the playoffs," Fallstrom said. "I'm just really excited to keep on playing." --Anthony Gulizia