BU wins its 26th Beanpot title

By DJ Powers

BU wins their 26th Beanpot Title

Washington Capitals prospect Chris Bourque notched the game winner at the 14:10 mark of overtime
to lead Boston University
to a thrilling 3-2 win over Northeastern to capture the 53rd Beanpot Tournament Championship on Monday night at the FleetCenter in Boston.
The Terriers have dominated the tournament since its inception back in 1952 and
on Monday claimed their 26th Beanpot
title. Bourque, who was also named tournament MVP, backhanded a rebound shot
into the open side of the Northeastern net for the tournament winner.


Sophomore John Curry
returned in goal for the Terriers after missing the previous four games,
including last week’s Beanpot semi-finals, with
a separated shoulder. He and Northeastern senior Keni Gibson, who was awarded the Eberly
Trophy as the tournament’s goaltender with the highest save percentage,
were sensational between the pipes for their respective teams. Curry made 33
saves in the win for Boston
while Gibson
made 26 in the losing cause.



opened the scoring at the 6:45 mark of the first period with a short-handed
tally. Freshman Peter MacArthur was called for a hook at the 4:57 mark,
putting Northeastern on the power play. About halfway through the Northeastern
power play, Boston University senior Bryan
made an excellent read on a Huskies play by intercepting a pass. He
proceeded to lug it up the ice to the Northeastern zone. Miller did an
excellent job of protecting the puck while driving to the net, with Huskies
senior defenseman Donny Grover
draped all over him. Miller then put the puck over Gibson’s left shoulder
for the score. Miller’s unassisted goal was his sixth of the season.
Later in the period at the 15:32 mark, the Terriers extended their lead with a
power play tally. Northeastern sophomore defenseman Steve Birnstill was sent off on a
cross-checking call at the 14:48 mark, putting the Terriers on the power play. Boston University
sophomore defenseman Kevin Schaeffer
(NSH), who played an outstanding game, launched a low hard shot from the Huskies
blueline that was re-directed into the Northeastern
net by senior Brian McConnell (CGY)
for the score.


Senior defenseman Jon
got the Huskies on the board with his first goal of the season at the
12:38 mark of the second period. He launched a blistering slapper
from the right circle after taking a nice feed from junior Mike Morris (SJ). Morris, who was one of Northeastern’s
best players in the tournament, had several outstanding scoring opportunities
throughout the game.


The Huskies tied the game at the 17:55 mark when senior Jared Mudryk
notched his seventh goal of the season. Off the draw, Huskies senior defenseman
Tim Judy took a shot from the right
point that appeared to have been stopped by Curry. The Terriers netminder gave up just enough of a rebound to allow Mudryk to poke it home for the score.


The Huskies continued to press hard in the opening stages of
overtime, but as the extra frame wore on the Terriers began gaining some
momentum as well as some excellent scoring chances. At the 14:10 mark, freshman
Chris Bourque (WSH) scored the game
winner in a four-on-four situation. The play started with a great effort by
Miller in which he took the initial shot on goal to the right, that Gibson
manages to get a piece of. Miller then got his own rebound and pushed the puck
to the front of the net where Bourque came in to backhand a shot into the open
side for the game-winning tally. The dejected Huskies would have to wait yet
another year to lay claim to another Beanpot title.


Boston College wins Beanpot
Consolation game 4-1


Earlier in the day, Boston College
and Harvard played in the tournament’s consolation game. The Eagles were
without the services of top defenseman Andrew
(BOS), who suffered a knee injury on
Saturday versus Merrimack.
Freshman sensation Cory Schneider
(VAN), who missed the Saturday game due to illness, returned to stop all nine
Crimson shots that he faced only to leave the game with a knee injury late in
the second period.


The Eagles opened the scoring at the 1:15 mark of the second
period on the power play. Boston
had started the
period on a power play when Harvard senior defenseman Noah Welch (PIT) was serving the remainder of his hooking penalty
that came at the 19:29 mark in the opening period. Boston College senior Ned Havern
(DAL) notched his seventh goal of the season when he deflected a wrister taken by senior defenseman Greg Lauze that just gets by Harvard
senior goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris
(PHI) for the score. Boston
’s eventual
game winner came at the 4:15 mark of the period when freshman Dan Bertram took a rebound off the
boards and flipped it over Grumet-Morris for the
score. The tally was Bertram’s eighth of the season. The Eagles extended
their lead to 3-0 at the 15:10 mark when junior Stephen Gionta managed to get his stick
on the puck to get it over Grumet-Morris off of a Lauze point shot through some traffic. Gionta’s
tally on the power play was his sixth of the season.


Late in the second period, Schneider went down with a knee
sprain and did not return. Senior Matti Kaltiainen (BOS) replaced him.


At the 6:01 mark of the third period, junior defenseman Tom Walsh (SJ) got Harvard on the board
on a power play tally. Walsh launched a shot that went off the post and
airborne before bouncing off of Kaltiainen’s
back and in the Eagles net. The tally was Walsh’s third goal of the
season. The Crimson pulled Grumet-Morris at the 18:20
mark of the third for the extra attacker. Harvard managed a series of good
scoring chances but couldn’t get another one past Kaltiainen.
At the 19:46 mark, junior defenseman Peter
put the frosting on the cake for Boston College
when he notched his third goal of the season on an empty netter. Grumet-Morris was stellar in the Crimson net, stopping 38
of the Eagles’ 42 shots in the losing cause. Schneider was credited with
the Boston College victory. Kaltiainen,
who came in relief, stopped 14 of 15 shots in the no decision.


Beanpot participants among semi-finalists for
Walter Brown Award


Several players in the Beanpot
Tournament including five prospects were among the semi-finalists announced
last week for the Walter Brown Award. The annual award, which is presented by
the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, is given to the top American-born
collegiate hockey player in New England. Boston College
junior Patrick Eaves (OTT) and
senior defenseman Andrew Alberts (BOS) along with Harvard seniors: defenseman Noah Welch (PIT), goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris
(PHI) and forward Tom Cavanagh (SJ) head the list of Beanpot
participants. The other prospects named as semi-finalists are Maine
junior goaltender Jim Howard (DET), Dartmouth senior Lee
(STL) and New
senior Sean
Cavanagh, Howard and Stempniak
are all repeat nominees. The now former New
forward Steve Saviano
won the award in 2004. The winner of the 2005 award will be announced in April
at the New England Hockey Writers Dinner in Boston.


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