Boston University defeats Harvard, 4-3

Six skaters in crimson jerseys swarmed around Boston University goalie Kieran Millan as the clock wound toward 00.0. The net at the other end was empty.

Harvard was making one last push to beat the No. 1 team in the country.

Five ... four ... three ... two ...

Alex Killorn passed the puck to Alex Biega.

One ... zero.

Biega flicked a shot past Millan. Into the net.

The referee signaled "goal," but the red light never went on. The green light was on. The game ...

BEANPOT NOTEBOOK

Boston University coach Jack Parker has had plenty of praise for his upperclassmen this season, none more than captain Matt Gilroy.

In last night's 4-3 Beanpot-opening win against Harvard, Gilroy had a standout performance, assisting on Nick Bonino's second goal at 13:56 of the second period that tied the contest at 2-2.

Last year, BU was ousted in the first round by Boston College, and when it came time to play Northeastern in the consolation gam...

The Beanpot has often been called the social event of the winter season in Boston. The college hockey showcase takes place on the first two Mondays in February, is one of the hardest tickets to land, and the victor claims bragging rights for a year. The 57th annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament takes center stage tomorrow at TD Banknorth Garden, when Harvard meets Boston University (5 p.m.) and defending champion Boston College plays Northeastern at 8. Eight players from the a...

When the Boston University seniors convened on campus prior to their freshman year, one of the first orders of business was to hit the weight room. Although the hockey players showed up on time, no one knew what to do initially, so they did nothing. Weight training hadn't been a part of their repertoire so not only did they feel out of place, they felt self-conscious.

"We were in our little group because we didn't know what we were doing," defenseman Matt Gilroy said wi...

It couldn't have looked more bleak, more grim for the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. After the first period of the Beanpot opener last night at TD Banknorth Garden, it appeared Boston University had abandoned its A game for something resembling a C-minus game or worse.

Where was the firepower? Where was the dominant play? Who were these guys?

Sure, the opponent, Harvard, showed up to compete; the Crimson always do, and coach Ted Donato had prepared them well. But t...