BostonBruins.com -- The Boston College Eagles took their 15th Beanpot title by dropping their arch-rival, the Boston University Terriers, 4-3, on Monday night in the TD Garden.
Boston University opened the scoring and took the lead in the first when Terrier defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk beat Boston College goalie John Muse with a wrister from the high slot at 12:36.
The Eagles Steven Whitney beat Boston University goaltender Kieran Millan and tied the game with his goal just 1:01 into the second period. Carl Sneep added a second goal for BC and the Eagles took a 2-1 lead at 12:33. Then, at 15:48, Chris Kreider put another one by Millan and sent BC to the locker room up 3-1 after 40-minutes.
The Eagles Barry Almeida scored at 4:22 of the third to put the Terriers in a 4-1 hole. However, at 9:00 David Warsofsky
beat Muse high glove side with a shorthanded shot to make it a two-goal deficit for BU. And then, the Terriers Colby Cohen
scored a power play goal with just 2:46 remaining in regulation to make the score 4-3.
But Boston College's Muse, later named the Beanpot MVP and Eberly Award winner (for top Beanpot goalie) barred the door in the last minute of play with the best of his 31 saves to usher the Eagles to the title.
Consolation Game: Northeastern 4, Harvard 1, Final
From GoNU.com -- Through four different types of goals, Northeastern topped Harvard, 4-1, in the consolation round of the 58th Annual Beanpot Tournament at the TD Garden on Monday evening. The victory over the Crimson marks the Huskies’ 16th third-place finish in the Beanpot. It was also Northeastern’s first win against Harvard since Feb. 12, 2007 in the consolation bracket of the 55th Beanpot Tournament...
Boston University 2, Northeastern 1, Final
Boston, MA --
The Boston University Terriers took on the Northeastern University Huskies in the second semifinal game of the 58th Beanpot.
And in contrast to the offensive explosion that characterized the Boston College victory in the first game of the tournament, it was the goaltenders who were the story in the first period of the nightcap.
The Huskies fired 10 shots at BU's Kieran Millan in just opening period. Not to be outdone, the Terriers sent 13 attempts of their own at freshman Chris Rawlings. But all of the shots were for naught as both teams went to locker rooms scoreless after 20-minutes.
Boston University finally broke the scoreless tie at 8:23 of the second session, when Colby Cohen
beat Rawlings with some help from teammates Chris Connolly and Nick Bonino.
Rawlings bounced back however and made 14 more saves in the second, while Milan made 13 more of his own to keep the score 1-0 going into the second intermission.
Alex Chiasson was able to beat Rawlings (33 saves) one more time at 14:13 of the third period and Millan ended the semifinal with 26 saves as the Terriers advanced to next Monday night's finals.
Boston College 6, Harvard 0, Final
-- In the opening game of the 58th Beanpot tournament, Harvard and Boston College faced off at TD Garden.
Penalties were the story of the first period as Boston College was the beneficiary of three powerplays and the Eagles' Ben Smith scored at 5:54 with Harvard's Chris Huxley in the box. But despite BC's early lead, Harvard goalie Kyle Richter stemmed the tide for the Crimson and stopped 9 of 10 Boston College shots and allowed his Harvard squad to go to the room for the first break down only 1-0.
Thanks to strong goaltending by John Muse, the Eagles eventually took control of the game in the 2nd period as Matt Price extended the lead to 2-0 just 18 seconds into the stanza. Eight minutes later, Pat Mullane extended it even further when he scored past a sprawling Richter to make the score 3-0.
Harvard took their lone time out at 11:17, in an effort to regroup and redirect the game's trajectory, but the Crimson were unable to dent the BC net behind Muse and went to the second intermission in a three goal hole.
Brian Dumoulin, Brian Gibbons and Carl Sneep all notched goals in the third, adding not one, but several exclamation points on the Eagles' 6-0 win. Notes:
There were three connections to the Boston Bruins this evening, but only two of which participated in the first game: former Bruin Ted Donato, a 1991 graduate of Harvard, is in his sixth season as head coach of the Crimson. Alexander Fallstrom
, a freshman from Sweden, centered the second line for Donato's Harvard squad. His rights were acquired earlier this season from the Wild in the trade that sent former Boston College Eagle and Bruins forward Chuck Kobasew to Minnesota. BC sophomore defenseman Tommy Cross
would have been playing on the blueline for the Eagles, but suffered an MCL strain on his right knee on Jan. 15. He is expected to play this Friday when the squad from The Heights takes on UMass.