Eagles Win Third Straight Beanpot in OT

Nothing divides the city of Boston like a championship game between Boston College and Boston University. Whenever these two schools meet on the ice they play their best form of hockey. It took almost four full periods for the Eagles to top the Terriers in the 60th annual Beanpot. This is the first time since 1985 that the Terriers have gone three consecutive years without winning the Beanpot championship. Read about the highlights of the game after the break.

The game was full of intensity from the first puck drop to the last shot. Boston College was first on the score board on a short-handed goal from Mullane at 8:54 in the first period. It was the first short-handed goal that Boston University has allowed this season. Boston College now has eleven short-handed goals and leads the nation in most short-handed goals scored this season.

Both teams spent a lot of time in the penalty box during the game. Boston College’s penalty kill ranked first, and Boston University’s power play ranked second in Hockey East. At 15:11 in the second period, Garrett Noonan scored and put the Terriers on the score board. Chiasson was in the slot when he passed it to Nieto. Nieto went tape for tape to Noonan, who slipped it passed Milner for the goal.

Boston College wanted to maintain their lead and they did so on a power play opportunity at 18:42 in the second period. Johnny Gaudreau passed it to Chris Kreider who earned his nineteenth goal of the season as he put the Eagles ahead once more. Chris Connolly was charged with a ten minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and would spend the remaining time of the second and half of the third period in the penalty box. The Terriers had to move some lines around to make up for missing their captain.

By the third period, it was all on the line. Neither team held up as they skated fiercely. Boston College tried to maintain their lead, but Garrett Noonan had the hot hand for the Terriers on the power play. He scored his second goal of the night, and eleventh goal this season, at 7:12. Assists went to Chiasson and Clendening.

In OT, neither team spent time in the penalty box. Both teams played ecstatically fantastic hockey by the end of the game. Both teams had their scoring chances, but it was Boston College who came out with the win.

It was a home town boy from Needham who scored the winning goal for Boston College with 6.4 seconds left in OT. Sophomore Bill Arnold scored his thirteenth goal of the season on a wrist shot that sailed over Kieran Millan’s glove for the victory. Kieran Millan had made some unbelievable saves and kept the Terriers in the hunt for the Beanpot for much of the game. He made a total of 44 saves on the night and surpassed Boston University goaltender, Sean Fields, for the most saves in Terriers’ history. Kieran Millan walked away from the Beanpot tournament with the Eberly award, which is given to the goaltender who has the highest save percentage out of all the games. Johnny Gaudreau of the Eagles was awarded the Beanpot MVP for his two goals and two assists in both games.

Both teams certainly have a lot to be proud of in their performances this Monday. In Hockey East, Boston College will play at home against (9) Merrimack on Friday. Boston University will head to Tsongas Center to play against (6) UMass-Lowell.

Final/OT: (3) BC – 3 (2) BU – 2

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