February 9, 2004
Beanpot Championship
BC Solves Fields, Claims Beanpot

By Joe Gladziszewski

BOSTON – When deciphering the Rubik's cube, enough twisting and tinkering will eventually lead to a solution. The Boston College Eagles needed all hands available to sort out the spectrum of colors that Boston University goaltender Sean Fields displayed in Monday night's Beanpot championship game.

Depth and experience allowed the Eagles to mount a late comeback and win the treasured Boston prize for the 13th time in school history. An equalizing goal by Ty Hennes with 3:30 remaining in the third period and Ryan Murphy's overtime winner at 6:07 gave the No. 1 team in the nation its third championship of the season in the form of a 2-1 win over the Boston University Terriers at the FleetCenter in front of a sold-out house of 17,565.

Boston College 2,
Boston University 1 OT
Team Goal Str
Time Assists

First Period

1-BU Ken Roche (5) EV
3:30 John Laliberte
Second Period
No Scoring
Third Period
1-BC Ty Hennes (2) EN
16:30 R. Murphy, N. Havern
2-BC Ryan Murphy (5) PP
6:07 Ryan Shannon
BU: Sean Fields, 66:07, 50 saves, 2 GA
BC: Matti Kaltiainen, 66:07, 12 saves, 1 GA
Penalties: BU 5/10; BC 6/12
Power Plays: BU 0-5; BC 1-4
Attendance: 17,565

Once you've got the knack for solving the pop-culture puzzle of the 1980s, it becomes a little easier. Experience, then, became a big reason why the Eagles were able to eventually beat the dazzling Terrier goaltender.

You won't be surprised to read that fortune was dressed in scarlet and white, a customary outfit for lady luck on the second Monday in February. Boston College hit the goalposts behind Fields in the first and second periods and twice in the third.

BC's frustration peaked six minutes into the third period when J.D. Forrest's shot through traffic got past Fields at the left post and would've knotted the score 1-1. Adam Pineault's skate was in the crease, but he didn't interfere with Fields. Nonetheless, on video review, the goal was disallowed.

Forrest pointed to a similar situation encountered by BC last year in the NCAA quarterfinals, a 2-1 double-overtime loss to Cornell.

"Last year against Cornell we had a goal called back in overtime and we learned from that. It's all about gaining experience and you could see it tonight," said Forrest, an alternate captain for BC. "Nobody got down on the bench when that goal got called back. It was just, 'Hey, we'll go get another one.'"

That's where experience took over, and the most experienced of all Boston College players, senior Ty Hennes, crashed the net for the tying goal.

INCH's Three Stars of the Night

3. Keni Gibson, Northeastern
Goalie made the most spectacular plays of early snoozer, stopping Kevin Du's breakaway and Dylan Reese's rebound attempt with three minutes remaining. The Huskies got an empty-netter to beat the Crimson 3-1.

2. Sean Fields, Boston University
For the second-straight year, Fields sweeps the individual honors, winning Tournament MVP and the Eberly Trophy, awarded to the goalie with the highest save percentage over two games. No doubt, it was easier for him to celebrate last year.

1. Ty Hennes, Boston College
His 141st game in a Boston College uniform is also his most memorable, as he nets the game-tying goal with 3:30 left in regulation.

"The longer you play, in college hockey and in general, the more things you've seen. You run into a hot goalie like we did tonight and you run into hitting posts, you've got to keep on working at it," Hennes said.

The game-winner came on a power play. Boston University's Tom Morrow was penalized for hauling down Tony Voce as he drove to the net. BU's penalty killers, thoroughly effective in erasing three previous infractions, were once again up to the task early in thepower play.

The puck then bounced in Boston College's favor, when a clearing effort from David Van der Gulik was knocked down by BC's Ryan Shannon. It slipped to the slot, where Murphy turned and blasted away for the winning goal.

Fields, the tournament MVP for the second year in a row, made 50 saves and showed the form that carried the Terriers in the latter stages of last season.

"These games are important games. When you play in them, you want to bring your 'A' game," Fields said.

The early BU goal came off of the stick of freshman winger Kenny Roche. He got a quick wrister away from the top of the right-wing circle after linemate John Laliberte lugged the puck down the boards. It came just 3:30 into the game, and was a considerate gesture by Roche. He got the scoring out of the way early, and left the next 54 minutes of the game for Fields to shine.

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