The red hot Boston University Terriers won their 27th (and second consecutive) Beanpot Championship on Monday night beating archrival Boston College 3-2. The win also extended Boston University’s nation-leading winning streak to 11 games.
Sophomore Peter MacArthur notched a goal and an assist to lead the Terriers. His stellar performance also earned him the tournament’s Most Valuable Player honor.
Vancouver Canucks prospect and Boston College sophomore Cory Schneider was named the recipient of the Dan Eberly Award, given to the goaltender with the best save percentage in the tournament playing in both games. Schneider posted a .924 save percentage stopping 61 of 66 combined shots in two games.
Their relentless forechecking and dominating physical play were keys to the Terriers success in winning the championship. Boston University also continued to get scoring from their two most consistent line combinations. The line of junior Kenny Roche (NYR) and sophomores MacArthur and Bryan Ewing racked up a combined four points in the game, while the all-freshman line of Jason Lawrence, Chris Higgins and Brandon Yip (COL) combined for three points. Both lines accounted for all three Terriers goals.
While Boston University ended up winning the game, it was Boston College who got on the board first. At the 17:28 mark of the opening period, senior defenseman Peter Harrold notched his sixth goal of the year on the power play. The play began deep in the Boston College zone. Harrold ended up with the puck and legs it up the ice, then cut in on Terriers junior goaltender John Curry to launch a shot. Curry appeared to have smothered the puck. Instead the puck slowly trickled behind him into the net for the score. Senior Chris Collins and junior Brian Boyle (LA) got the assists.
Boston University would answer at the 4:07 mark of the second period on Ewing’s eighth of the year. The goal came as a result of a great individual effort by MacArthur to get around Eagles freshman defenseman Tim Kunes (CAR) to drive to the net. MacArthur took the initial shot and did an excellent job of staying with the play, getting another shot at the Boston College net after Schneider gave up a rebound. Ewing then came in late to put home the second rebound chance for the score. MacArthur assisted on Ewing’s first Beanpot Tournament goal.
The Terriers extended their lead at 9:52 when Lawrence potted his eighth of the year. The play started with some great work along the boards by Ewing, who then got the puck up to Yip. Yip did an excellent job of getting the puck to the front of the Boston College net through some heavy traffic. Lawrence, with a great heads up play, picked up the loose puck and put it through the five-hole on Schneider for the score. Yip and Higgins drew the assists.
The final period saw the Terriers really turn up the heat on the Eagles. Boston College hung in there and got the equalizer at 6:24. Gionta netted his ninth of the year on a play that started with some good work deep in the Eagles zone by Boyle. After gaining possession, Boyle goes up the ice with Gionta before making the pass. Gionta then made a beautiful saucer pass back to a hard driving Boyle. The puck ended up going off of the stick of the Boston University defender and into the net for the score. Gionta would be credited with the goal, with the lone assist going to Boyle.
Twenty-three seconds later at 6:47, Boyle was sent off for high-sticking and it would end up being the turning point of the game.
At 7:18 MacArthur notched the game-winner with his 12th of the season on the power play. A nice cross-ice feed to Ewing by junior defenseman Sean Sullivan (PHO) started the play. Ewing proceeded to fire a shot on net only to be stopped by Schneider. The rebound that Schneider gave up went airborne and MacArthur batted it into the net for the score. Ewing and Sullivan would draw the assists.
The Eagles tried desperately to get the game-tying goal as time wound down, but the Terriers wouldn’t budge. If the Boston University skaters weren’t shutting down the Eagles attack, then Curry was there to shut the door.
Schneider was pulled for the extra attacker at 18:45, but it would not yield the result that the Eagles were looking for. Boston University did all they could to stop their Comm. Ave. archrivals until the final buzzer and hung on for the win.
Both goaltenders were outstanding, with Schneider being the busier of the two. He stopped 33 of Boston University’s 36 shots in the losing cause. Curry stopped 18 of shots 20 to post his 16th win of the season.
Boston College’s top line of Collins, Boyle and Gionta had a hand in both of the Eagles goals. Brian Boyle was the only one of the three to post two points (both assists).
Earlier in the day, Harvard and Northeastern played in the Beanpot Tournament consolation game.
Nashville Predators prospect and Harvard junior Ryan Maki notched the game-winning goal and an assist to help lead the Crimson to a convincing 5-0 win over the ailing Huskies.
The story of the game was the brilliant goaltending of Northeastern junior Adam Geragosian, who stopped 36 of 41 shots in the losing cause. Of the 41 shots he faced, 19 came in the first period alone and many were quality shots. In the period, he allowed just one Harvard goal.
The all-rookie line of Nick Coskren, Jimmy Fraser and Steve Rolocek, combined for six points on two second-period goals for the Crimson. But it was the sensational performance of diminutive sophomore Jon Pelle, with his three-point (two goals, one assist) effort that stole the show for Harvard.
Junior Justin Tobe, who got the surprising start in goal for Harvard over senior John Daigneau, notched his first shutout of the season with a 24-save effort.
The injury bug has hit Northeastern hard as they had several key players out of the lineup including top defenseman junior Steve Birnstill and one of their top scorers in freshman forward Ryan Ginand. To add insult to injury, the Huskies also lost sophomore Josh Robertson (WSH) to an undisclosed injury when he left the game near the midway point of the second period.
Eighteen of Boston College junior Brian Boyle’s 35 points (eight goals, ten assists) have come in the last nine games. In Boston College’s two most recent games, including the Beanpot Championship game, Boyle has racked up five assists.
Sophomore Dan Bertram (CHI) leads all Boston College underclassmen in scoring with 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) and is fifth overall on the team in scoring.
Vancouver Canucks prospect and Boston University senior John Laliberte returned to the Terriers lineup after missing six games with a knee injury.
Boston University’s Kenny Roche had his four-game point streak snapped in the Beanpot Championship game.
With the assist he tallied in the Beanpot Championship game, Boston University junior Sean Sullivan now has three points (one goal, two assists) in his last four games.
Boston University senior and Calgary Flames prospect David Van der Gulik saw limited playing time in the game. While he did finish the game and helped his team to hoist the Beanpot trophy, Van der Gulik has been bothered by a sports hernia injury and also appeared to have slightly injured his knee in the contest.
Harvard’s Ryan Maki has five points (two goals, three assists) in the Crimson’s last four games, which includes the Beanpot Consolation game.
With sophomore Jimmy Russo and freshman Ryan Ginand out of the lineup due to injury, freshman Joe Vitale (PIT) is Northeastern’s current active top scorer with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists). Russo and Ginand are ranked first and second overall in Huskies team scoring.
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