Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BC, BU Win at Beanpot

Ryan Fitzgerald's goal 76 seconds into overtime lifted ninth-ranked Boston College to a 3-2 victory over No. 16 Harvard in the Beanpot Tournament consolation game at TD Garden on Monday evening.

BC, which avenged a 6-3 loss to the Crimson back in November, thus remains in the top 10 in the Pairwise Rankings, which are used to used to mimic the 16-team NCAA Tournament selection process, while Harvard dropped into a tie for the 17th spot.

Matthew Gaudreau tied the game for BC at 8:56 of the third period after Harvard had taken a 2-1 lead on goals by Alexander Kerfoot and Sean Malone less than three minutes apart midway through the second stanza, the latter on a power play. Alex Tuch scored the game-opening power play goal in the first period for the Eagles, who got 33 saves from Thatcher Demko.

In the championship contest, Boston University claimed its record 30th Beanpot crown on an overtime power-play tally by Matt Grzelcyk to top Northeastern, 4-3. The goal was Grzelcyk's second of the game, and came just 51 seconds into the extra session for the Terriers.

It was BU's first Beanpot title since 2009, while the Huskies still haven't won one since 1988.

Monday's games had been postponed from their original date of Feb. 9 due to repeated snow that has blanketed Boston area in recent weeks. Northeastern edged BC, 3-2, in the first round on Feb. 2, while BU outlasted Harvard, 4-3, in overtime later that night.

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