February 2, 2004
Beanpot Semifinals

INCH's Three Stars of the Night

3. John Daigneau, Harvard
Stemmed the tide after relieving Grumet-Morris.

2. Ryan Whitney, Boston University
BU's best player on both ends of the ice.

1. Ryan Shannon, Boston College
Offensively gifted, but his backchecking effort is tonight's most memorable moment.

Familiar Faces
BU, BC skate into Beanpot title game


BOSTON – Boston University used a familiar formula – solid goaltending and an unlikely offensive hero – to earn a spot in a familiar game – the Beanpot championship.

Senior Steve Greeley's first goal of the season, just 45 seconds after Northeastern took a 1-0 lead, sparked the Terriers, and Sean Fields made 36 saves to lead the way in a 5-2 BU victory.

Boston University 5,
Northeastern 2
Team Goal Str
Time Assists

First Period

1-NU Eric Ortlip (10) EV
1:11 D. Grover, J. Mudryk
1-BU Steve Greeley (1) EV
1:56 R. Whitney, M. Radoslovich
2-BU Brad Zancanaro (3) EV
4:54 M. Mullen, F. Skladany
2-NU Yale Lewis (4) EV
17:40 C. Tomes
Second Period
3-BU Jekabs Redlihs (2) EV
0:57 B. Zancanaro
4-BU Brian McConnell (5) PP
18:26 B. Miller, K. Schaeffer
Third Period
5-BU Ryan Whitney (6) EN
19:37 Unassisted
BU: Sean Fields, 60:00, 35 saves, 2 GA
NU: Keni Gibson, 59:07, 26 saves, 4 GA
Penalties: BU 4/8; NU 2/4
Power Plays: BU 1-2; NU 0-4
Attendance: 17,565

"I think it was a huge goal because of the fact they had jumped out 1-0," head coach Jack Parker said of the Terriers' first goal. "Steve Greeley scoring a goal in his senior year in the Beanpot is absolutely fabulous."

The win extends BU's run of Beanpot good fortune, as the Terriers have played in the title game every year since 1995. They will meet Boston College next Monday in search of their 26th Beanpot.

While Greeley, a well-liked Terrier who had skated in only seven games this season prior to tonight, provided the feel-good story, Brad Zancanaro and Ryan Whitney also contributed offense (one goal, one assist each).

In goal, defending Beanpot MVP Fields outdueled Northeastern's Keni Gibson at the other end.

"I think the goaltending was the big difference tonight," said Northeastern head coach Bruce Crowder. "Obviously Sean Fields had a really good game, and I think Keni [Gibson] didn't have one of his better efforts tonight."


With the high-flying Boston College Eagles facing a struggling Harvard team, the last they probably needed was a couple of lucky bounces to win. But that's exactly what the Eagles got in the first 20 minutes.

Boston College 4,
Harvard 1
Team Goal Str
Time Assists

First Period

1-BC Patrick Eaves (8) EV
4:25 Unassisted
2-BC Ned Havern (5) EV
11:25 R. Murphy, A. Pineault
Second Period
3-BC Justin Dziama (2) EV
3:01 P. Harrold
1-H Charlie Johnson (7) PP
18:11 T. Cavanagh, N. Welch
Third Period
4-BC Tony Voce (18) PP
18:54 S. Gionta
BC: Matti Kaltiainen, 60:00, 19 saves, 1 GA
H: Dov Grumet-Morris, 23:20, 8 saves, 3 GA; John Daigneau, 36:40, 18 saves, 1 GA
Penalties: BC 8/16; H 9/18
Power Plays: BC 1-7; H 1-6
Attendance: 17,753

From there they coasted, carrying a 3-0 lead into late in the second period and finishing with a 4-1 victory to advance to the championship game.

The Eagles got their first goal when Patrick Eaves' centering pass from behind the net was shot past goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris by Harvard's Tom Cavanagh. The second goal came exactly seven minutes later, when Ned Havern's shot over the goal bounced off the glass, back over the net, off Grumet-Morris' back and in.

"When your own player shoots the first one in your net and the second one hits off the glass comes back and hits your goalie, it wasn't a good start," Harvard head coach Mark Mazzoleni said.

Boston College head coach Jerry York recognized his team's good fortune, and credited the old adage – you make your own breaks.

"I thought we played extremely well in the first period in a lot of different facets of the game, defensively and offensively," York said. "With that, we got really two lucky, fortunate goals. When you play very well and also get two breaks like that it's certainly the deciding factor in the game."

The Eagles took further control of the game when Justin Dziama's innocent shot hit Grumet-Morris in the chest before bouncing past him into the net. Harvard backup John Daigneau entered the game shortly thereafter, but the damage had been done.

Harvard's Charlie Johnson scored late in the second to cut the lead to two goals, and Tony Voce added BC's fourth late in the third.

Harvard will face Northeastern in next Monday's consolation game (5 p.m.), while familiar rivals Boston College and Boston University meet for the championship at 8 p.m.

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