Tuesday, February 12, 2013

BC Wins 4th Straight Beanpot

BC does it again.

Boston College won its fourth consecutive men's Beanpot Tournament title last night with a 6-3 victory over Hockey East rival Northeastern at TD Garden in Boston, in the 61st edition of the annual event.

Sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau scored twice for the Eagles, including an insurance goal late in the third period after the Huskies had pulled within a goal.

Following a scoreless first period on Monday night, BC scored four of the five goals in the middle 20 minutes, including senior forward Stephen Whitney's tally with 0.4 seconds remaining in the period.

Shades of my senior year at BC 22 years ago, at the now-demolished Boston Garden, when the late Mark Bavis scored a last-second second period goal to give Boston University a three-goal lead en route to an 8-4 win over the Eagles in the 1991 title game. No Beanpots for BC in my four years at the Heights, but no less than eight Causeway Street crowns since then, including last night's.

Whitney, who also posted two assists last night, was part of an Eagle senior class that went a perfect 8-0 in Beanpot play, including last week's 4-1 semifinal triumph over Harvard. Also going four-for-four in Beanpot titles were classmates Patch Alber, Brooks Dyrof, Issac MacLeod, Pat Mullane, Parker Milner, and Patrick Wey. Team captain Mullane scored an empty-net goal last night to clinch the victory, assisted by Milner, who made 20 saves and also earned the Eberly Trophy as the Beanpot's top goaltender this year (best save percentage).

Northeastern freshman forward Kevin Roy was named 2013 Beanpot MVP after scoring five of NU's six goals in the tournament, including all three goals in last week's 3-2 semifinal win over Boston University. The Huskies last won a Beanpot in 1988 when they defeated both BC and BU that year. Harvard defeated BU, 7-4, in yesterday's consolation contest.

BC now has 18 Beanpot championships to its credit, and gets back to Hockey East action on Friday when it takes on Merrimack.

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