|BC handles Harvard, earns Beanpot title date with Northeastern||02.04.13 at 10:37 pm ET|
Quinn Smith scored twice and senior goalie Parker Milner stopped 19-of-20 shots as Boston College advanced to its fourth consecutive Beanpot title game with a 4-1 victory over Harvard in Monday night’s nightcap at TD Garden. The Eagles dominated the game, outshooting Harvard 46-20.
The fifth-ranked Eagles (16-7-2) will face underdog Northeastern, which upset Boston University, 3-2, in Monday’s first game.
After Harvard (5-15-1) had a couple of early scoring chances in the first period, the Eagles dominated the game the rest of the way. BC finally broke the ice when Smith parked himself in the low slot in front of Raphael Girard and collected the puck from Patrick Wey. Smith beat Girard up top glove side for the 1-0 lead with just 28.8 seconds left in the first. BC carried the play in the final 15 minutes of the period and outshot Harvard 15-8 in the first period.
Girard kept Harvard close in the second, but the Crimson could not capitalize on a pair of power plays. Late in the period, BC put the game out of reach with a pair of goals 51 seconds apart.
Smith scored his second of the game and fourth of the season at 18:18 of the second. Less than a minute later, with BC on the power play, Michael Matheson beat Girard from the right circle to make it 3-0 Eagles. Boston College held a 31-14 shots advantage after 40 minutes.
Harvard senior Danny Biega ruined the shutout for Milner and BC with his first of the season with a goal at 9:17 of the third. But Steven Whitney got that marker back with an unassisted goal of his own with 5:02 left in the game.
BC will look for its fourth straight Beanpot next Monday night and its fifth in six years while Northeastern will be gunning for it’s first since 1988 and just its fifth in school history.
|Huskies can sniff a chance at their first Beanpot since 1988||at 10:06 pm ET|
Northeastern forward Kevin Roy scored a hat trick while Chris Rawlings stopped 32 of 34 shots in goal as the Northeastern Huskies beat the Boston University Terriers 3-2 Monday night in the opening round of the 2013 Beanpot championship at TD Garden. Northeastern coach Jim Madigan said it was a milestone win for his program.
There are losses. There are bad losses. Then there are losses that make the kind of history no player wants any part of.
Such was case for Boston University senior Wade Megan after the 3-2 loss to Northeastern in the 2013 Beanpot first round Monday night at TD Garden. Megan had tears in his eyes when he was asked about being a part of the first class since 1965 to not win a Beanpot title, when coach Jack Parker was a freshman at BU. He cleared his throat a couple of times and exhaled hard before answering Steve Buckley‘s question.
“It’s pretty devastating,” Megan said. “I just wanted it so bad for my teammates, my classmates and my school in general, the BU community. But we have lot of season left. Can’t feel sorry for ourselves, just turn the page.”
It also marks the first loss by BU to Northeastern in the Beanpot since the 1988 title game, the last time Northeastern won the prestigious tournament. The last time BU went four years without winning a Beanpot was 1959-1965.
|Northeastern beats BU in Beanpot opener||at 7:30 pm ET|
Kevin Roy converted a bad turnover from Boston University senior Ben Rosen into a gift goal that broke a 1-1 tie and finished with a hat trick to lift Northeastern to a 3-2 win over the 11th-ranked Terriers on Monday night at TD Garden in the opening game of the 61st Beanpot Tournament.
Chris Rawlings turned aside 32 of the 34 shots he faced to lead Northeastern into the Beanpot final for the third time in five years. However, Northeastern, which will play the winner of the Boston College-Harvard nightcap, hasn’t won the tournament since 1988. The 25-year drought is the second-longest in the history of the tournament. Northeastern went the first 27 years without winning the title before breaking through in 1980. Harvard’s last championship came in 1993.
The win also snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Terriers in Beanpot play, dating back to the 1988 championship game, the last time Northeastern won the prestigious Boston tournament.
Roy put Northeastern (8-13-3) on top just 2:09 into the game. But the Terriers responded when Danny O’Regan beat Rawlings for his 10th of the season just over three minutes later.
Roy was charging down the slot and applying forechecking pressure when Rosen put the puck in front of his own crease, expecting goalie Matt O’Connor to be there. When O’Connor couldn’t handle the puck, Roy put the puck in an open net with 8:24 left in the second.
The Huskies then showed their skill on special teams, killing off a 5-on-3 Boston University advantage for 1:56. Just 10 seconds after that kill, they picked up another boarding penalty but killed that off to end the second and open the third, gaining momentum for the rest of the game.
With 4:38 left in the third, Roy completed the hat trick, beating O’Connor short side for his 15th of the season. Sahir Gill scored with 1:11 left to make things interesting in the final minute but the Terriers couldn’t find the equalizer, and Northeastern punched its ticket to next Monday’s final.
Boston University (13-11-1) lost in the Beanpot opening round for just the third time since 1994. It also marks the first time in over four decades that an entire BU class has gone without a Beanpot title, something that made senior center Wade Megan tear up in the postgame press conference. BU’s last title came in 2009. The last time the Terriers went that long without raising the pot of beans was a seven-year stretch from 1959 to 1965.
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