Boston College cruises past Harvard

BOSTON -- Boston College earned a shot at its fourth consecutive Beanpot title by beating Harvard 4-1 in Monday's nightcap at TD Garden.

BC will face Northeastern, in search of its first Beanpot crown since 1988, in next Monday's championship game.

"It would mean a lot to me to win four in a row," said Steven Whitney, one of BC's seniors with a chance to finish his career unbeaten in the Beanpot. "I grew up watching the Beanpot. It's very special to me. The rest of the seniors feel the same way."

BC's Quinn Smith scored the game's first two goals, and Michael Matheson made it 3-0 at 19:09 of the second period with a power-play goal.

"Part of Quinn's role is to bring energy to this team. And he does it every night," Whitney said. "When he scored two goals, it brought even more energy. It was awesome to see."

BC coach Jerry York agreed, saying Smith was "a good, hard-nosed, checking-type player for us. Anytime he scores goals like tonight, it's an added bonus for us."

Danny Biega pulled Harvard within 3-1 midway through the third period, but BC iced the win on Whitney's strike with 5:02 to play.

BC improved to 15-7-2 on the season, while Harvard fell to 5-14-1.