Harvard has held their own with top-ranked Boston University in the first period of the opening game of the 2012 Beanpot tournament, but BU was able to convert one chance to take a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission. Sophomore Matt Nieto scored the lone goal on a wraparound backhand goal, with Alex Chiasso providing the assist.
Boston University has controlled much of the play and has been on the power play three times already, but were unable to convert on any of those power play chances. The two teams both got nine shots on net in the first period, but BU's were of a higher quality, and it took a couple of quality saves by Crimson goalie Steve Michalek to keep them from scoring more than once.
Colin Blackwell created Harvard's best chance with just under four minutes remaining in the period on a shorthanded breakaway, but Terriers goalie Kieran Millen came up with a big pad save on Blackwell's low wrist shot. BU almost doubled their lead with a scramble in front of the net in the closing seconds, but the horn sounded to end the period before they could capitalize on a rebound given up by Michalek.
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