It wasn't pretty, but...
We get the W tonight after a very shaky start that included Harvard taking a 1-0 lead midway through the first stanza. BC looked absolutely dreadful in the first 5 minutes or so of the game, but thankfully we were able to overcome the early Crimson surge and control most of the rest of the game's play. Benn Ferriero and Nate Gerbe led the way for the Eagles, who will square off against BU in the tournament's final for the 6th time in 8 years (the other two times both coming when BC and BU met in the first round; neither school has lost in the tournament's opening round to Northeastern or Harvard since 1998).
Unfortunately, Brett Motherwell continued his run of poor play, turning in an absolutely awful performance in the first period, although he settled down and played better as the game went on. Brian Boyle (who along with Joe Rooney received his captain's letter back for the game) notched his first career Beanpot goal, albeit an empty netter. Biggest positive for BC in this game had to be the penalty kill, which completely shut down Harvard's red-hot power play unit (6 of its last 12 heading into tonight) and even got a shorthanded goal of its own from Nate Gerbe.
BC returns to the Garden a week from tonight for the fourth game of the season against BU, but first must head to Providence to take on a struggling Friars team that has split the season series so far with BC.
More news today on the football recruiting front as 2-star QB Dominique Davis of Lakeland, Florida today announced that he will be attending BC. Davis is viewed as a sleeper; a very athletic, strong-armed but very raw QB with questionable mechanics, very similar to BC's other QB commit, New Jersey's Chris Johnson. The hope is that Steve Logan, who has a long history of working with dual-threat QBs, can work with these guys and turn them into true studs. We'll still need to bring in a 4- or 5-star guy next year, but it never hurts to have too many capable QBs around.
Finally, although it hasn't been announced yet, word is that former Michigan State RBs coach Ben Sirmans will come to BC in the same capacity (Mike Siravo will switch to DBs, a move I have been calling for ever since his hire). Sirmans is a young, minority coach with New England and New Jersey ties who comes from a program with a traditionally strong running game, so I welcome the hire. The new WRs coach has also apparently been hired, but also not yet announced; despite some rumors, it is not Rob Ianello of Notre Dame. Presumably one of the assistants will also take on the Assistant Head Coach label.