CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Freshman forward Jack Badini had a three-point night (goal, two assists) including the game-tying goal to help men's ice hockey (2-5-1, 2-3-0 ECAC Hockey) earn a 4-4 tie at No. 13/14 Boston College (8-5-2, 8-1-0 Hockey East) on Friday afternoon at Kelley Rink.
Trailing 4-3 late in the third period, Badini took a short pass from sophomore forward Nathan Krusko (three assists) at the blue line, skated around two defenders and found the top corner at 17:18.
Harvard had a power play early in overtime, but was unable to find the game-winner.
An evenly played first period broke BC's way late, as Jacob Tortora made a great individual play, skating up the left side and beating Madsen over the shoulder at 16:48.
With 10 seconds to go in the frame, freshman Benjamin Solin had a breakaway chance, but his shot was blocked away by BC goaltender Joe Woll to keep BC ahead after one.
Minutes later, with Harvard on the penalty kill, a great effort from junior forward Michael Floodstrand resulted in a shorthanded goal for the Crimson and a 2-1 lead.
Floodstand and junior forward Ryan Donato skated in on a 2-on-1, with Floodstrand following Donato's initial shot with a wraparound attempt which was stopped by Woll, but Floodstrand's rebound, a wrist shot from the right circle, went in for his first goal of the year at 7:21.
BC responded with two quick goals to regain the lead, as Julius Mattila and David Cotton scored 2:50 apart to give the Eagles a 3-2 lead at 10:50 of the second period.
Harvard tied the game on the power play early in the third period, as Solin scored his first goal of the year, taking a cross-ice pass from Badini that was tipped by Krusko and finding the top corner from in close to make it 3-3.
BC took the lead on Mattila's second goal of the game on a 2-on-1 with 5:35 to go in regulation, before Badini's goal sent the game into overtime.
- Badini (goal, two assists) had the best game by a Harvard freshman this season.
- Krusko matched his career high with three points, and had his first career three-assist game.
- Junior forward Ryan Donato (assist) has points in eight straight games to start the season. He leads the team with 10 points (four goals, six assists).
- Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 18 saves in net for the Crimson.
- The Crimson is unbeaten in its last three non-Beanpot regular season matchups against Boston College (2-0-1).
- Four Harvard freshmen have now scored goals in games this season (Henry Bowlby, Jack Badini, Benjamin Solin and Reilly Walsh).
Harvard returns to league play next weekend with games at Quinnipiac and Princeton, starting with a Friday night contest against Quinnipiac. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m..