Whether New England hockey fans that cross over to college hockey happen to bleed crimson, scarlet or neither, they will have at least one point of interest when Harvard visits Boston University this Wednesday. The nonconference battle of Beanpot schools will pit Harvard senior Alex Fallstrom against BU freshman Matt Grzelcyk, both of whom are Bruins prospects.
Through a relatively light 12 games to date, Fallstrom has suited up 11 times and leads the Crimson with nine points. Grzelcyk is one of the Terriers’ top playmakers and one of the nation’s most productive defensemen with a 2-10-12 scoring log in 16 college games played.
Both parties will enter this matchup with a chance to convert a variety of negative energy.
Grzelcyk’s Terriers are coming off a 3-2 overtime win at Rensselaer on Friday, though if he had it his way, he would have been prepping for a different game at that point. He rejoined his college program last week upon being the last player cut from the U.S. World Junior team, which barely a week later claimed gold in Ufa, Russia, with a 3-1 triumph over Sweden on Saturday.
As it happened, BU lost the only game Grzelcyk has missed while he was overseas, having suffered a 6-0 road loss to the Denver Pioneers Dec. 29. The Terriers have otherwise won three of their last four, each by a single-goal differential.
Wednesday’s matchup will feature one WJC returnee working with Fallstrom. Harvard’s leading goal-scorer, Nashville Predators draftee Jimmy Vesey, tallied five points in seven tournament games for the Americans.
Vesey, who along with Fallstrom flanked center Colin Blackwell on the first line the last time he dressed for the Crimson, is the son of Charlestown native Jim Vesey. The senior Vesey played four games for the Bruins in 1991-92 and was on the inaugural AHL Providence Bruins team the following season.