For a brief time in the second period, it felt like the Boston College Eagles were reeling from a post-Thanksgiving hangover, after falling behind 2-0 despite playing solid hockey for most of the first and second periods.
And then, the floodgates opened.
The Eagles scored four unanswered goals, including three in the span of 1:52 in the waning moments of the second period to take down No. 6 Harvard 4-2 in front of a sold-out crowd at Bright-Landry Hockey Center in Allston.
The Crimson got on the board first midway through the first period. Jack Badini poked a rebound off Spencer Knight home to give the Crimson a 1-0 lead. That was the last goal of the game until the four minute mark, when, during a Ron Greco penalty, Jack Drury scored to give the Crimson a 2-0 lead.
And then, bedlam, insanity and chaos in the most beautiful possible way.
It started innocently when Jack Badini took a tripping penalty to put the Eagles on the power play. Aapeli Räsänen made the Crimson pay, scoring the first goal for the Eagles on a redirect in the near slot. Only fifty-five second later, Alex Newhook found a puck in the near slot again, and he sent that puck in to tie the game.
And then, the craziness reached a crescendo. David Cotton, again, found the puck in the near slot and the buried the puck, giving the Eagles the 3-2 lead just 1:52 after it felt like the Crimson took control of the game.
In the third period, Julius Matilda took a holding penalty at the midway point of the third period, and the Crimson had an opportunity to tie the game up on the man advantage. But instead Marc McLaughlin cleaned up a rebound in front and scored his first of the year, giving the Eagles a 4-2 lead that they did not relinquish thanks to some solid defensive play late in the game.
The Eagles return to action next weekend when they take on Notre Dame in a home-and-home series.