|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.
|Best of the Beanpot||02.01.10 at 2:55 pm ET|
The Beanpot is the most historic event in college hockey, and it has lived up to its billing as of late. Last year’s final saw No. 1 Boston University best No. 3 Northeastern, 5-2, thanks to three shorthanded goals. And while the 58th version of the Beanpot might not have as much luster as in recent memory, with only No. 15 Boston College ranked in the USA Today poll, it is sure to bring plenty of memories. With the semifinals starting Monday night — BC will face Harvard and Northeastern is squaring off against BU — the time is right to look back on some of the best memories of the last 35 years of the Beanpot.
Jack Parker played on three Beanpot champions and two NCAA Tournament teams, including a runner-up in 1967. So when he took over his former team as coach in the 1973-74 season, Parker knew just what he needed to do to make his team competitive. And while he was a great player, he is arguably the best coach in the history of college hockey. Of the 21 teams he has guided to Beanpot wins, the 1975 Terrier squad was his first.
The Blizzard of ‘78 belted Boston, and the Beanpot felt its effects. With the storm coinciding with the semifinal games of the 26th year of the event, over 11,000 fans braved the weather to get to the Garden. Over 200 fans were left stranded in the Garden, eating leftover hotdogs and popcorn for days. The final between BU and Harvard had to be postponed until the beginning of March, where the Terriers won, 7-1.
Northeastern was always the “other” team in the Beanpot. But in his senior year, Husky legend Wayne Turner gave NU the spotlight with what is remembered by many as the best play in Beanpot history. Turner fired a wrist shot past BC goalie Bob O’Connor in overtime, and “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” gave his team its first Beanpot trophy.
The Eagles break out the “Beanpot Trot” before the final against BU. The hockey gods look down in shame, and BC gets waxed 4-1 in the final by BU.
After rallying from a 2-0 deficit to tie BU, Northeastern looked to be on the verge of winning a fifth Beanpot trophy. But a familiar name in Boston hockey, Bourque, had other thoughts. Chris Bourque, the eldest son of Bruins legend Ray Bourque, scored the game winner in OT to give the Terriers their 26th Beanpot win.
In the highest scoring final since 1996, when BU crushed Northeastern 11-4, BC and Harvard were tied 5-5 at the end of three periods. Eigtheen-year-old freshman Nick Petrecki, who had scored his first collegiate goal earlier in the second period, emerged as the hero for the Eagles thanks to his overtime tally, which gave BC its 14th Beanpot win.
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