Dec. 28, 1997
Boston College Plays to 6-6 overtime tie against HarvardLephart registers first collegiate hat trick
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - Freshman forward Mike Lephart registered his first collegiate hat trick and junior forward Marty Reasoner tallied two goals and one assist to lead Boston College in a 6-6 overtime tie against Harvard in the consolation round of the Bank One Badger Hockey Showdown in Milwaukee, Wis.
Boston College led 2-0 in the first period and 5-2 in the second period, only to see the Crimson twice battle back and even the score. Reasoner opened the scoring at 2:20 of the first period, and Lephart netted his first goal at 8:36 to add to the Eagle advantage. Harvard goals at 15:49 and 19:25 tied the score at 2-2 at the first intermission.
Reasoner, Lephart and sophomore Tony Hutchins each scored in the first six minutes of the middle stanza to give BC a 5-2 lead. Reasoner also assisted on Lephart's power-play goal. The Crimson again answered the Eagles' challenge, first netting a power-play goal at 8:16, then scoring two even-strength tallies within 20 seconds (at 9:55 and 10:14) to even the score, 5-5.
Lephart scored his third goal at 15:29 of the same period to regain the lead for the Eagles. Harvard scored the tying -- and final -- goal at 16:23.
BC outshot Harvard 7-6 in the final period, and 3-0 in the overtime session.
Junior Andy McLaughlin made 13 saves in the BC net, before being replaced by freshman Scott Clemmensen at 10:58 of the second period. Clemmensen finished with nine stops. Harvard's J.R. Prestifilippo made 32 saves.
Post Game Notes: Boston College was 2-for-4 on the power play. Harvard was 1-for-2 in man-advantage situations ... Lephart's hat trick is the team's first this season. Blake Bellefeuille recorded BC's only hat trick in 1996-97 (vs. Northeastern) ... The BC-Harvard tie was the first in the tournament's nine-year history ... BC has scored six or more goals in six of 19 games this season. Last year, BC had six or more goals in six of its 38 games ... Boston College next hosts Boston University in a HOCKEY EAST contest in Kelley Rink on Friday, January 9, 1998.