"I don't care what level of hockey it is, when you give up three shorthanded goals, you're not going to win," said Northeastern head coach Greg Cronin. "So, give BU's penalty killers credit.
"That was the difference in the game."
Despite a penalty-filled first period, neither BU nor Northeastern was able to make use of the man-advantage until, on a five-on-three power play, BU's Colby Cohen
took a pass from Kevin Shattenkirk and put it in net over Brad Thiessen’s right shoulder to put the Terriers up 1-0. That goal came at 16:09.
But Mike McLaughlin, unwilling to let the Huskies head into the intermission trailing, picked up a loose puck in front of the BU net and threw it past goalie Kieran Millan for a power-play goal with just 24 seconds remaining.
The scoring really let loose in the second period. Continuing in the tradition of power plays and penalty kills, Terrier Nick Bonino found a rebound from Brandon Yip’s breakaway shot and scored a shorthanded goal 27 seconds in.
Once again playing catch-up, Northeastern’s Tyler McNeely found himself with an open net and a puck rebounded perfectly to his stick, off a shot from Dan Nycholat. McNeely was later given a game misconduct at 15:45 and was removed from the game.
His goal, at 10:01, tied that game at two – but only for a moment. Just 1:05 later, a pass from BU’s Chris Higgins to Jason Lawrence put the Terriers up once again.
Shorthanded goals were certainly BU’s specialty for the evening. On a breakaway, David Warsofsky
netted the Terriers fourth goal at 13:54 of the final period. And 30-seconds later and still shorthanded, Colin Wilson secured the championship for the Terriers with another tally.
"I thought it was a great college hockey game," said Terriers head coach Jack Parker. "[These] two teams...will be battling each other in two weeks in the Hockey East Tournament and hopefully in the NCAA Tournament.
"I thought Northeastern played us as well as any team we played all year.
"The game was won on three shorthanded goals. Who would have though that?" he said.Notes:
Boston College and Harvard University squared off during the consolation game earlier in the evening. BC beat Harvard, 4-3...The Eberly Trophy (top sv% over two games) went to NU's Thiessen and BU's Nick Bonino was the tournament MVP.
Third Period Recap: Shorthanded goals were apparently BU’s specialty for the evening. On a breakaway, David Warsofsky netted the Terriers fourth goal at 13:54 of the final period. 30 seconds later and still shorthanded, Colin Wilson secured the championship for the Terriers with another tally.
0:00 - BU has 29 Beanpot Titles. Congratulations to head coach Jack Parker and the Terriers!
3.7 - A shot and an apparent NU goal...the play is being reviewed. But this one is over, folks.
No goal. MacLeod is in the box for a slash.
1:16 - Strait in the box for holding.
1:21 - Thiessen deflects a late shot from Jason Lawrence.
2:57 - "Who's your daddy" from the BU crowd to the dwindling NU crowd.
3:43 - Wilson pulled down Quailer. We'll be at four-on-four for 1:15.
4:28 - SIlva is in the box for interference. Boston U. gets another power play.
5:36 - And the Huskies are in a HUGE hole. Another shorthanded goal, this time by Colin Wilson, has surely put the game away for the Terriers. It's 5-3, BU.
6:06 - Another terrific play may have just clinched this one for Boston U. Shorthanded, Warsofsky roofed it on Thiessen after a blocked Northeastern shot created a clear breaway for the Terriers.
7:06 - Pereira is in the box for slashing. This time NU gets the late power play.
9:58 - Hewkin pulled down a Terrier and that gives BU a very important power play, late in regulation.
10:23 - Huge save by Millan on Vitale. Shots are 30-22, BU.
11:10 - Liotti just cleaned out Shattenkirk...
11:36 - Yip drew a crowd down by the NU goal after Thiessen caught a puck and held on for a draw.
12:12 - Higgins and Silva are going to the box. There was an "altercation" in the corner.
12:55 - A puck dribbled through Thiessen, but just wide...
14:20 - You've got to give the NU cheering section their due. They are LOUD.
15:41 - Kick save Thiessen...
16:35 - NU is really turning up the heat. They now lead in shots, 22-18.
19:03 - Pile up in front. BU's Shattenkirk goes to the box.
19:28 - Gorgeous save by Millan through traffic...
20:00 - Start of the Third Period
Second Period Recap: The scoring really let loose in the second period. Continuing in the tradition of power plays and penalty kills, Terrier Nick Bonino found a rebound from Brandon Yip’s breakaway shot and scored a shorthanded goal 27 seconds in. Once again playing catch-up, Northeastern’s Tyler McNeely found himself with an open net and a puck rebounded perfectly to his stick, off a shot from Dan Nycholat. McNeely was later given a game misconduct at 15:45 and was removed from the game. His goal, at 10:01, tied that game at two – but only for a moment. 1:05 later, a pass from BU’s Chris Higgins to Jason Lawrence put the Terriers up once again.
0:00 - End of the Second. BU leads, 3-2. Shots are 18-13, Terriers.
19.1 - Zach Cohen goes to the penalty box for a trip. NU is on the PP.
1:41 - NU is still playing with some fire...
4:15 - Both teams piled onto Thiessen who is still down on the ice. He may have gotten a stick up high or stuck in his equipment. The NU trainer is attending and has been for quite a few minutes.
McNeely was given a 10-minute misconduct and a game miconduct. We could not tell what happened from where we are on level 9.
Thiessen is up, but shaken.
5:05 - Wilson shot, Thiessen save. Shots are 17-12, BU.
6:33 - Rassey in the box for the Huskies. Tripping.
6:58 - Icing BU.
8:54 - BU scores. That was just nice. Higgins passed to an open Jason Lawrence who did his own dunk into the NU goal. It's 3-2, BU. Shots are 16-12, Boston U.
9:59 - Just seconds after their power play ended, McNeely picked up a rebound off a Nycholat shot from the point and slam dunked the puck into an open Boston U. net. It's 2-2.
12:05 - Steve Silva was dumped by Vinny Saponari. NU is on the PP.
13:52 - As a response to the BU fans chant of "Ugly Goalie" to Thiessen, the NU faithful responded with "Sexy Goalie."
14:16 - Icing BU.
15:40 - Wade MacLeod almost tied this thing up with a great individual effort. The sophomore brought the puck into the BU zone on his own, curled toward the goal and then never got the shot away when he got in front of Millan.
16:36 - Interference on NU's Driscoll. BU is back on the PP.
17:39 - A stunned NU club is having trouble rebounding from that goal...
19:33 - Yip missed on a breakaway, but Bonino picked up the weird bounce and gave BU a shorthanded tally to start the second. Terrific goal by the BU sophomore, who was in the right place at the right time to put his Terriers up by one.
20:00 - Start of the Second Period
First Period Recap: Despite a penalty-filled first period, neither BU nor Northeastern was able to make use of the man-advantage until, on a five-on-three power play, BU's Colby Cohen took a pass from Kevin Shattenkirk and put it in net over Brad Thiessen’s right shoulder to put the Terriers up 1-0. That goal came at 16:09. But Mike McLaughlin, unwilling to let the Huskies head into the intermission trailing, picked up a loose puck in front of the BU goal and threw it past BU goalie Kieran Millan for a power-play goal with just 24 seconds remaining.
0:00 - End of the First. We're all tied at 1. Shots were NU 10, BU 6.
25.8 - Wow. That woke the crowd up. Northeastern scored off a broken play when Mike McLaughlin picked up a loose puck in front of Millan and flipped it into a wide open BU net. Give a helper to Vitale.
Also, BU's Pete Donatelli, um, I mean, Chris Higgins (sorry, time warp) goes to the box for a minor.
35.0 - Millan had to make a a couple of saves on Ginand (?) before the official lost sight of the puck.
1:10 - Boarding on BU's Popko. NU gets a late PP.
1:19 - Icing NU.
2:36 - Thiessen bounced back with a nice save as the Terriers compleated their third (?) PP chance...
3:20 - There's a bit of a delay...one of the officials needed to be helped off the ice after sustaining a head injury.
3:51 - That was coming. Colby Cohen
beat the NU goalie over the right shoulder. It's 1-0, BU.
4:09 - Thiessen tracks down a BU PP shot.
4:44 - TOUGH break for BU. Liotti to the box for a cross-check. That gives the Huskies a pretty long two-man advantage.
5:22 - Hewkin to the box for NU (holding). BU is on their second PP.
6:06 - Icing NU. No-touch icing in college hockey.
6:51 - NU keeps pressing Millan. Shots are 7-2, Huskies.
7:14 - BU's Wilson and NU's Donovan collided, with Wilson getting the worse of it.
8:01 - Millan had to make a right pad save on NU's McNeely.
8:31 - Another save for the BU keeper.
8:35 - Millan flags down NU's best shot of the man advantage. He also held on for the faceoff.
10:13 - Brendan Yip is in the box for BU -- hitting from behind. NU will get their second PP. Bobby Orr is in the building, ladies and gents. He got a nice cheer when he was just shown on GardenHDX.
11:15 - McNeely broke his stick on a nearly wide open shot on Millan. Shaft of the stick went farther than the puck.
12:50 - Make up call? Strathman is in the box for NU. So much for the PP. BU will get a short man advantage...
12:59 - McCarthy in the box for BU. Northeastern's first power play.
13:40 - Thiessen stops Higgins for Northeastern's first save of the night. A tough one, too as the BU forward was just off to Thiessen's right just inches outside of the crease.
14:00 - Stoppage. Northeastern is a pretty physical squad (lots of skill, too) and besides the names of the back, the BU Terriers play like, well, the BU Terriers of old.
16:17 - Physical play is on the upswing: NU's Liotti pops Lawrence.
17:10 - Thus far, the Huskies have kept the puck in the BU zone for most of the young period...
19:18 - Millan settles dow a NU bid and holds on for a faceoff.
19:40 - BU's Millan makes his first save off his blocker glove.
19:57 - NU controls the puck off the first draw.
20:00 - Start of the First Period
. The place is nearly full already...
Switching to time on the clock...
Quailer – Vitale - MacLeod
Tuckerman – Silva – McNeely
McCauley – Ginand – McLaughlin
Costa – Rassey – Donovan
Driscoll – Strathman
Nycholat – Liotti
Chisholm – Hewkin
Boston U. lines…
Higgins – Wilson – Lawrence
McCarthy – Bonino – Yip
Cohen – Connolly – Saponari
Glass – Popko – Pereira
Strait – Gilroy
Cohen – Shattenkirk
Warsofsky – Gryba
Okay, so for one night in February, the Hub of Hockey stops to crown Boston’s own champion of collegiate hockey in the Beanpot.
This edition features the Northeastern Huskies and the Boston University Terriers.
Because I am a sick, sick man, I am here on level 9 of the TD Banknorth Garden on my night off ready to blog away as my two alma maters fight it out for “all the beans in Boston.”
Of course, history rides with the Terriers and their 28 titles, but Northeastern, because of their junior netminder, Brad Theissen – he of the 19-6-2 record, 2.06 GAA and .935 sv% -- might just have an edge.
Anyway, "The teams are ready, so let’s play hockey."
February 2, 2009
Boston University 4, Harvard 3
From GoTerriers.com --
|"For all the beans in Boston..." |
Senior Jason Lawrence scored the game-winning goal at 18:14 of the third period to lead the No. 1 Boston University men's ice hockey team to a wild 4-3 victory over Harvard in the opening round of the 57th Beanpot on Monday evening at TD Banknorth Garden. The Terriers responded to an early 2-0 deficit with three unanswered tallies - including two from sophomore Nick Bonino - and improve to 20-5-1 overall with the win.
The Terriers will make their 24th Beanpot final appearance in the last 26 years next Monday (Feb. 9) against the winner of the Northeastern/Boston College semifinal.
Friday's result allowed the Terriers to reach the 20-win mark earlier than even before in the program's history, as the 1983-84 squad held the previous record of Feb. 3. BU had 19 wins all of last season.
Harvard opened the scoring at 8:19 of the first and added a 5-on-3 tally just 1:04 into the second period. Bonino scored consecutive goals just 1:43 apart in the second period to tie the game.
Junior Zach Cohen gave BU its first lead at 11:25 of the third when he snuck the puck past Harvard netminder Matt Hoyle off an offensive-zone faceoff.
The Crimson, however, fought back and made it a 4-4 contest with 5:27 left in regulation with its second power-play tally of the evening.
The Terriers took full advantage of a hooking penalty on Harvard with 2:10 remaining in the third, as Lawrence sent home the game-winner with a hard slapshot from the left circle.
Harvard found the back of the net right as the final buzzer sounded to continue the dramatics, but the ruling from a video-replay review was that the puck went in after time expired.
Freshman Kieran Millan made 22 saves between the pipes for the Terriers, who held a 34-25 shot advantage. Hoyle turned in a 30-save performance for the Crimson.
The Terriers will return to action on Friday (Feb. 6) when they play host to UMass Lowell for a 7 p.m. contest.
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---Northeastern 6, Boston College 1From GoNU.com --
Northeastern got goals from six different skaters and 45 saves from goalie Brad Thiessen to beat Boston College 6-1 in the first round of the 57th annual Beanpot. Junior Chris Donovan had four points on a goal and three assists. The third-ranked Huskies advance to their first Beanpot final since 2005 with their second victory over Boston College this season.
Northeastern improved to 18-6-2 overall while BC dropped to 11-9-4. The Huskies lead Hockey East with a 13-4-1 league record.
BC controlled the early action, firing off a handful of shots, but none of them found the cage. One effort was redirected through traffic in front of the net, and almost caught Northeastern goalie Brad Thiessen out of position, but it bounced wide.
NU saw the first power-play opportunity at 2:20 in the first. A second BC penalty at 3:16 gave Northeastern a five-on-three for 1:04, and the Huskies converted right off the faceoff. Joe Vitale drew the puck back to Mike Hewkin, who fed it to Ryan Ginand down low on the right side of the net. Ginand made a move and beat BC goalie John Muse with a wrist shot to the short side, over Muse's left shoulder. Ginand is the Huskies career Beanpot scoring leader among active players, and the goal increased his career total to seven points in five career Beannpot games. The goal was also Ginand's ninth point in four games, a span over which he has tallied seven goals and two assists.
A delayed penalty call on Hewkin at 8:06 allowed Muse to get to the bench and send on an extra attacker. Boston College's Kyle Kucharski found Matt Price open at the top of the zone. Thiessen got a piece of Price's slap shot, but could not stop it entirely, and the puck trickled in to even the score at one.
A minute later, a pass from the BC blue line sprung Boston College standout Brock Bradford behind the Northeastern defense. He skated in unchallenged, but Thiessen was there to make the save and keep the score tied.
Northeastern took back the lead at 11:06 in the first, when Donovan fired a quick shot from just outside the crease. Muse was there to make the save, but Greg Costa followed the play, and stuffed in Donovan's rebound for his fifth goal of the season. Rob Rassey earned the second assist on Costa's goal, giving Rassey six points in Northeastern's last seven games, one of the most productive stretches of his career.
Steve Silva was whistled for boarding at 12:09 and the ensuing Boston College power play almost saw the Eagles find the equalizer. A pass from the right point found Bradford open down low on the left post, but before he could redirect the puck into the open net, Thiessen slid across the crease, making a sprawling save with his right pad. On the same penalty kill, Donovan brought the puck in on a shorthanded breakaway but his shot sailed high.
In the closing minutes of the period, a misplayed puck behind Northeastern's goal sent the puck trickling out into the slot. Boston College's Cam Atkinson skated onto it and rocketed a slap shot at Thiessen, but the Huskies' netminder was in position, and made two quick saves to end the threat.
Both teams saw a few good-looking chances in the period's final minutes, but despite the end-to-end action in the second half of the frame, the two teams went into the locker room with the score still 2-1.
A tripping call on Boston College's Barry Almeida at 10:08 in the second period gave Northeastern another chance on the power play. Muse stumbled while trying to play a puck behind the net, and Silva hustled down and dug out the puck, getting it to Steve Quailer, who sent it back to the top of the zone, where Louis Liotti sent a slap shot past Muse, who was still out of position.
Dennis McCauley broke the game open for Northeastern 42 seconds later, when he took a feed from Donovan just inside the blue line and sent a long range blast past Muse low on the glove side, giving Northeastern a 4-1 lead.
Northeastern got a fifth goal with 1:41 left in the period off of some hard work from Donovan. Muse went to play a puck behind the net, and Donovan skated in from behind, delivering a stick check and knocking the puck back into the slot, where Qualier buried the puck into the open goal.
In the closing seconds of the period, Thiessen saved a Bradford breakaway, but Bradford's momentum carried him into Thiessen and dislodged the net. In the ensuing scuffle, Denis Chisholm was assessed a game disqualification, which forces him to sit out Northeastern's Feb. 6 matchup with Merrimack.
The two teams went into the locker room with Boston College outshooting the Huskies 21-10 in the period and 29-19 for the game, but thanks to 21 second-period saves from Thiessen, Northeastern held on to the more important lead on the scoreboard.
Both teams had opportunities in the third period, but solid defense from both sides limited shooting opportunities, and both goaltenders were sharp.
Chris Donovan became the sixth different player to score for Northeastern when he potted the rebound off of an Alex Tuckerman shot with 7:56 left in the game. The goal was also Donovan's fourth point of the night, a career high for the junior forward.
Thiessen finished with 45 saves, surpassing his 43-save performance Nov. 1 against New Hampshire, and matching his career high. Thiessen has recorded 30 or more saves in 14 games this season, and 40 or more saves twice.
Northeastern's penalty kill turned in a perfect seven-for-seven performance on the night.
The Huskies host Merrimack Friday before taking on Boston University in the Beanpot Championship game next Monday at 8 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on 890 ESPN Boston and WRBB Radio. Monday's Beanpot championship will be televised live on NESN and Rogers Sportsnet.
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