Beanpot 2015 Live: Ryan Fitzgerald Scores In Overtime To Lift BC Past Harvard

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beanpotFinal, BC 3-2: There will be no ties here.

Bruins draftee Ryan Fitzgerald scores at 1:16 of the overtime period to give Boston College a 3-2 victory.

Boston University and Northeastern now will battle for the Beanpot title in the tournament championship game.

End of regulation, 2-2: For the second time in three Beanpot games this year, overtime will be required to determine a winner.

This overtime will be just a five-minute session, though, and the game will be declared a tie if neither team can score.

Third period 16:55, 2-2: Lloyd exits the box, and Harvard is back to full strength.

Third period 14:55, 2-2: BC came dangerously close to grabbing back the lead, but Michalek made a brilliant save to rob Noah Hanifin and preserve the tie.

The Eagles now will have another chance on the power play, as Seb Lloyd is whistled for charging. He’ll serve two minutes in the sin bin.

Third period 10:40, 2-2: We are tied up once again.

Steve Michalek did not control the rebound on a Steve Santini slap shot, and Teddy Doherty and Matthew Gaudreau combined to jam home the equalizer.

It was Gaudreau, younger brother of former BC star Johnny Gaudreau, who ultimately put the puck past Michalek, with Doherty and Santini getting the assists.

Third period 2:25, Harvard 2-1: The Crimson come up empty on the two-man advantage, and we are back to 5-on-5 hockey.

Third period 0:25, Harvard 2-1: Harvard will have 61 seconds of 5-on-3 hockey as BC is called for yet another penalty. Destry Straight is the guilty party this time, earning two minutes for hooking.

Third period 0:01, Harvard 2-1: Twenty minutes remain in this Beanpot consolation game, and Boston College enters the final period trailing by a goal.

Second intermission, Harvard 2-1: A penalty-filled second period comes to a close with Harvard holding onto a one-goal lead.

BC will be down a man to start the third, as well, as Adam Gilmour was called for high-sticking with 35 seconds remaining in the third.

The Crimson are dominating in the shots on goal department, outshooting the Eagles 24-10. Harvard goalie Steve Michalek needed to make just two saves in the second.

Second period 17:58, Harvard 2-1: No luck for Harvard on their latest power play. BC is back to full strength.

Second period 15:58, Harvard 2-1: It’s back to the power play for the Crimson. Quinn Smith is called for holding.

Second period 10:04, Harvard 2-1: Harvard has the lead.

Sean Malone took a backhanded feed from Jimmy Vesey and beat Demko for a goal reminiscent of the one Patrice Bergeron scored Sunday for the Bruins against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Alexander Kerfoot was credited with the secondary assist on the goal, which came on the power play.

Second period 9:45, 1-1: We are all tied up.

New Jersey Devils draftee Alexander Kerfoot fires a shot from straightaway through traffic and over the right shoulder of Thatcher Demko to pull the Crimson even.

Desmond Bergin and Kyle Criscuolo assisted on the tally.

Harvard now will get a power-play chance, too, as Chris Calnan goes to the box for boarding.

Second period 8:03, BC 1-0: Harvard did manage to put a puck past Demko on the man-advantage, but the whistle was blown before it crossed the goal line. An official review of the play confirmed the call of no goal.

Second period 6:03, BC 1-0: Jimmy Vesey tries to jam a wraparound past Thatcher Demko. Demko gets a pad on it, but the Crimson now will go back on the power play after Michael Sit was called for interference on the play.

Second period 5:21, BC 1-0: BC can’t capitalize, and Harvard returns to full strength.

Second period 3:21, BC 1-0: And just like that, it’ll be a 5-on-3 for BC as Harvard’s Max Everson is whistled for tripping behind his own net.

Second period 2:38, BC 1-0: Just as Harvard’s power play is set to expire, BC will get one of its own.

The Crimson are called for too many men on the ice, and Phil Zielonka skates to the box to serve the penalty.

Second period 0:51, BC 1-0: Zach Sanford goes to the box for holding, but BC might have bigger problems on its hand.

Goalie Thatcher Demko fell to the ice in a heap after a collision in front of the net and remained down for several minutes. He skates it off, though, and appears to be OK as play resumes.

Second period 0:01, BC 1-0: We are off and running in the second period.

First intermission, BC 1-0: That’ll do it for the first period, as Boston College takes a 1-0 lead into the dressing room.

BC clearly was the more aggressive team in the latter part of the first, putting another flurry of shots on Steve Michalek after Alex Tuch’s power-play goal opened the scoring. Harvard still holds a 9-8 lead in shots on goal, though.

First period 15:06, BC 1-0: The Eagles go back on the power play and strike quickly this time, with Zach Sanford finding fellow freshman Alex Tuch in front of a wide-open net just eight seconds into the man-advantage. Sophomore defenseman Ian McCoshen was credited with the secondary assist on the play.

Jimmy Vesey, whose hitting from behind penalty set up the goal, makes the skate of shame back to the Harvard bench.

First period 12:10, 0-0: Seb Lloyd heads to the box for tripping, but the Crimson are able to kill off the man-advantage without allowing a shot on goal.

Harvard is doing a nice job of clogging lanes blocking shots in front of Michalek.

First period 10:00, 0-0: We’ve reached the midway point of the first period without a whole lot of offense from either side. Harvard definitely is getting the better chances thus far, putting six shots on Thatcher Demko to the three BC has put on Steve Michalek.

4:20 p.m. ET: For the first time in six years, Boston College will not be playing for the most coveted prize in Boston collegiate hockey.

The Eagles were knocked off by the Northeastern Huskies 3-2 in the Beanpot semifinals earlier this month, meaning that instead of competing in the annual tournament’s title game, they’ll be playing in the consolation game for the first time since 2009.

BC’s opponent in the third-place game will be Harvard, which lost a 4-3 double-overtime heartbreaker to Boston University in the semis despite a tournament-record 63 saves by senior goaltender Steve Michalek.

The Crimson are no strangers to playing the early game on championship Monday, doing so each of the last six years. They’ve won four of those games, though, and will look to hand the Eagles their first last-place finish since 1993.

Here’s what the lines and defensive pairings will look like for each side:

Boston College
Quinn Smith–Michael Sit–Chris Calnan
Zach Sanford–Adam Gilmour–Alex Tuch
Ryan Fitzgerald–Destry Straight–Austin Cangelosi
Cam Spiro–Matthew Gaudreau–Teddy Doherty

Ian McCoshen–Noah Hanifin
Michael Matheson–Steve Santini
Scott Savage–Peter McMullen

Thatcher Demko

Harvard
Jimmy Vesey–Alexander Kerfoot–Kyle Criscuolo
Luke Esposito–Sean Malone–Brian Hart
Seb Lloyd–Tyler Moy–Jake Horton
Devin Tringale–Eddie Ellis–Phil Zielonka

Max Everson–Brayden Jaw
Victor Newell–Desmond Bergin
Wiley Sherman–Clay Anderson

Steve Michalek

Puck drop is set for 4:30 p.m.

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