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February 5, 2013

Harvard's Blackwell hopes to hit stride for stretch run

BOSTON — It’s all about the comfort level.

For Colin Blackwell, his sophomore year playing for the Harvard University hockey team has been just that: feeling more comfortable with the ebbs and flows that come with playing a longer schedule; balancing the scholastic rigors that come at an Ivy League institution with playing Division 1 college hockey; knowing more of what to expect in his second collegiate season; and learning to believe in himself and his own abilities when it comes to playing at this level.

So while things haven’t been going the way the Crimson would like them to lately -- last night’s 4-1 loss to Boston College in the 61st annual Beanpot tournament was their eighth straight setback -- Blackwell, the former St. John’s Prep star, is staying positive, confident that things will eventually turn around.

“Coach (Ted Donato) has been stressing the last 12-13 games the teams we play aren’t beating us; we’re beating ourselves,” Blackwell noted. “It’s one of those things that eventually it’s going to turn for the better.

“You’re not going to get your head down. We’re still a great team; we just have to figure it out.”

Harvard was done in last night by giving up goals late in both the first and second periods. The Eagles took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room after scoring with 29 seconds to play in the first period, then added two more scores in the final 1:42 of the middle stanza.

Blackwell and his linemates, senior center Alex Fallstrom and sophomore left wing Tommy O’Regan, had their chances offensively; Blackwell finished with two shots on goal and the line had five of Harvard’s 20 total. But like the rest of their teammates, the bounces weren’t going their way before last night’s sellout crowd of 17,565.

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