Part of the Donato family of Scituate spent Monday wrapped up in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. But enough Donatos stayed around to help Harvard take a 5-4 overtime win over Boston College in the Beanpot consolation game Monday at TD Garden.
Harvard (11-10-4) squandered a two-goal lead as BC freshman Logan Hutsko competed a third-period hat trick, but Crimson senior Seb Lloyd decided the contest at 2:43 of overtime.
The Crimson were missing junior Ryan Donato their leading scorer, but freshman brother Jack Donato scored his first collegiate goal in the third period, giving Harvard a 4-2 lead.
“The first thing I thought of was Mom [Jeannine], who would’ve been most excited, was probably somewhere over the North Pole on her flight over to South Korea,” Harvard coach Ted Donato said. “I was real happy for [Jack]. I thought he played an excellent game. I thought we had some guys that stepped in who haven’t played as much that gave us some jump in the lineup.”
Goalie Cameron Gornet who has played most of the season on junior varsity, made 30 saves, as the Crimson regained their composure in overtime.
“It’s not as exciting as playing the final, obviously,” said coach (and father) Ted Donato, who plans to travel to the Olympics after Harvard games this weekend. “Our guys handled some adversity, some of it we created ourselves, when it looked like we had the game in decent control. I liked the positive energy going into overtime.”
BC (14-13-3) also went with a backup goalie, Ryan Edquist (31 saves), and marked the return of defenseman Kevin Lohan, who had not played since sustaining a broken jaw in an off-ice incident last month.
Harvard took control after Lohan was penalized for cross checking at 12:32, of the first, as the Crimson opened the scoring 66 seconds later. Lewis Zerter-Gossage finished back post into an open net off a rebound of a Ty Pelton-Boyce shot from the upper right circle at 13:38. It was his eighth goal of the season.
BC equalized on Christopher Brown’s shorthanded goal, capitalizing on a turnover after Harvard controlled a faceoff in BC ice at 17:49 of the second. Brown converted his seventh goal of the season after gaining possession near the blue line, then speeding in to finish past Gornet.
Harvard twice took two-goal leads in the third period, which featured six total goals.
Sophomore defenseman John Marino snapped the deadlock, finishing a rebound of a Henry Bowlby shot for his first goal of the season, at 4:22. Bowlby scored his sixth of the season, stuffing in his own rebound on a power play at 6:34.
Hutsko pulled BC within 3-2, falling backward while deflecting in a Lohan drive from the right point at 7:01.
Jack Donato scored in his third varsity game, finishing under Edquist at 12:02. Hutsko then converted on a power play at 17:26, and equalized on a rebound,, giving him five goals in two games and 10 for the season.
“[Hutsko] is becoming an emerging player in Hockey East,” BC coach Jerry York said. “Three goals in the third period is impressive for anybody. Disappointed not to get that third-place trophy but we move on [BC visits UMass on Thursday].
“I told our team, ‘We just have to keep getting better so we can play longer at a high tempo.’ ”
Lloyd decided things with his second goal of the season, off assists from Adam Fox and Zerter-Gossage.
“Foxie has got probably the best vision in college hockey,” Lloyd said. “I just knew I had to find a spot and he made a great pass, and I was lucky to get some great wood on it and it went in.”