Terriers Set To Face Eagles In 60th Beanpot Championship

It’s no surprise that No. 1 Boston University and No. 5 Boston College will be in the 60th Beanpot Championship game next Monday at 7:30pm. The Terriers and Eagles are no strangers to the Beanpot Championship round, especially when it comes to playing against each other. This will be the 21st time the Terriers and Eagles will meet in the championship round. Boston University’s appearance will be its 49th time while Boston College will try and win the Beanpot for the third year in a row.

After the break, read the game summaries of Boston University vs Harvard and Boston College vs Northeastern.

Final: (1) Boston University 3 – Harvard 1

The Terriers were the first on the score board with a goal from Matt Nieto (11) at 8:14 in the first period. Assists came from Alex Chiasson and Sean Escobedo. The Terriers were able to stay out of the penalty box for the most part in the first period. The lone Terriers’ penalty in the first period was from Evan Rodrigues for boarding. Despite Harvard’s potent power play, the Terriers were able to hold them off and kill the penalty.

In the second period,  Harvard’s Eric Kroshus went to the penalty box for boarding and gave Boston University a chance to capitalize on their power play. Boston University’s Wade Megan tallied a power play goal at 7:30 in the second period. It was his eighth power play goal of the season. Wade Megan was not done quite yet for the Terriers. He tacked on another point with a back-handed goal behind Harvard’s Michalek at 14:02 in the second. Wade Megan’s second goal of the night gave him fourteen goals for the season and put him ahead of former player Corey Trivino for the most goals scored in a Terrier uniform this season. By the end of the second period, Wade Megan was trending on Twitter.

After Steve Michalek let in the third and final goal for Boston University, Ted Donato put in his back-up goaltender, Raphael Girard who stopped two shots in the second period before the buzzer sounded.

Harvard was determined to not be shut out by the Terriers. With their impeccable power play, they finally got on the score board with a power play goal from Alex Killorn at 15:27 in the third. It was his fifteenth goal of the season.

Kieran Millan was able to stay strong in net for the Terriers to stop an onslaught of 11 shots in the third period by the Crimson. Harvard outshot the Terriers in the game 30-25. The Terriers were 1-for-5 on the power play. Harvard was 1-for-4 on the power play. Megan, Escobedo, and Gill had multiple points for the Terriers.

Final: (5) Boston College – 7 Northeastern – 1

Boston College came out strong against Northeastern to pave the way to their third straight Beanpot championship appearance and a chance to compete against rivals, Boston University for the Beanpot.

The Eagles came out soaring over the Huskies and never stopped to look back. Paul Carey opened the scoring for the Eagles with a slap-shot goal at 5:14 in the first. Assists credited to Gaudreau and Mullane. Roughly four minutes later, Gaudreau scored the game-winning goal for the Eagles with a back hand shot through the five-hole and past Rawlings. Eagles’ Steven Whitney went to the box for roughing which allowed the Huskies to take advantage of their power play. Anthony Bitteto scored on the power play at 12:34 in the first. Karlsson and Vermeersch credited with the assists.

At the start of the second period, the Eagles came out strong and scored three more goals against the Huskies. Steven Whitney started it off with a fantastic short-handed goal at 6:51 in the period. Assists went to Almeida and Alber. Two minutes later, Boston College was on the score board again with a goal from Gaudreau. Gaudreau got the rebound from Northastern’s goaltender, Rawlings, and snuck it passed Rawlings for his second of the night. Steven Whitney tallied the fifth goal for the Eagles at 13:11. It was his second short-handed goal of the night. The Eagles now have ten short-handed goals this season, tying them for first place in the nation with Colgate.

By the third period, Northeastern was eager to try anything to change the tide of momentum. Rawlings was replaced by Witte when the final period started in front of a stunned crowd. Boston College continued to dominate when Barry Almeida scored a power play goal at 8:47 in the third period. Dumoulin and Whitney assisted. At 17:20 in the period, Paul Carey added his second goal of the night on the power play with assists from MacLeod and Shea.

Whitney, Gaudreau, Almeida, and Carey all had multiple points for the Eagles when the night finally came to a close. BC outshot Northeastern 46-23. Parker Milner got the win for Boston College in net and will probably get the nod against Boston University next Monday. Boston College was 2-for-4 on the power play. Northeastern was 1-for-5 on the power play.

Harvard and Northeastern will face each other in the consolation game on Monday before the championship round.

So what can we expect on Monday, February 13th? 

Boston University and Boston College are both nationally ranked powerhouses when it comes to collegiate hockey. While Boston University has the most wins in the Beanpot, Boston College has won it twice in a row in convincing fashion. Expect TD Garden to be packed with fans screaming at each other and chanting until their voices are hoarse. The game will probably be an emotional and very physical one between the two teams.

Parker will have to tell his boys to do exactly what they did on Monday: stay out of the penalty box. The Terriers have the tendency to commit unnecessary penalties. York will probably tell his boys to skate out there and set the pace early. The Eagles have the best penalty kill in Hockey East and are dangerous with their ten short-handed goals.

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