leads Terriers to 25th Beanpot title
Boston College 2
the 25th time in the tournament's 51-year history
and the eighth time in the past nine years, the Beanpot
belongs to Boston University.
Terriers jumped out to a 3-0 lead midway through the
second period and withstood a Boston College rally
to win, 3-2. Goaltender Sean Fields made 26 of his
31 saves in the final two periods, and took home the
Beanpot MVP trophy (along with the Eberly trophy for
top save percentage).
McConnell had a goal and an assist for the Terriers
to lead the way offensively. His slapshot from the
top of the left faceoff circle beat BC goalie Matti
Kaltiainen just 23 seconds after BU had taken a 2-0
lead, and it proved to be the game-winner.
Eagles outshot BU 13-4 in the third period and had
three power play opportunities, but could only beat
Fields once, while Kaltiainen was pulled for an extra
attacker. BC finished 1-for-8 on the power play for
McConnell, M. Mullen
Cronin, R. Whitney
Alberts, J.D. Forrest
Eaves, R. Shannon
Sean Fields, 60:00, 31 saves, 2 GA
Matti Kaltiainen, 58:57, 15 saves, 3 GA
BU 9/18; BC 4/8
Plays: BU 1-4; BC 1-8
end, there was never really any doubt.
The endless trips
to the penalty box didn’t matter. Neither did the
paltry 18 shots on goal. No, in fact, the only bit of information
that was of any importance on this snowy night in Boston
was that this was the championship game of the Boston University
Invitational – known to the rest of the world as the
51st annual Beanpot Tournament.
despite handing Boston College eight power play opportunities
and giving up nearly twice as many shots as they took, the
BU Terriers skated to a 3-2 victory to capture a remarkable
25th Beanpot title. It’s BU’s second title in
a row, eighth since 1995 and 11th since 1990.
BC Eagles had defeated BU in each of their three matchups
this season, but this was the Fleet Center and this was
we had to do one thing differently than in the previous
three games against them,” said BU coach Jack Parker,
“and that was not take dumb penalties, but we did
to strong penalty killing (BC was 1-for-8 with the extra
man), however, the MVP goaltending of Sean Fields and the
redemption of sophomores Brian McConnell and Justin Maiser,
BU could do no wrong on this night.
to this game were Field’s ability to stop key shots
and our inability to score on the power play,” explained
BC coach Jerry York. “In big games, you need your
special teams to get big goals, but we missed our chances.”
Hockey East’s top power play unit, BU was stellar
in getting in front of point shots and limiting BC to but
a few good chances. When those opportunities did come up
for BC, Fields was there to slam the door.
a cliché in hockey to say that a goaltender is a
team’s best penalty killer, but Fields proved the
theory once again.
Over both Beanpot
games, he helped BU kill off 12 of 13 shorthanded situations,
stopped 59 of 62 shots overall for a .952 save percentage
and captured the Eberly Trophy – given to the netminder
who plays both games and finishes with the best save percentage.
Fields was also name the Beanpot MVP, marking the first
time since BU’s Rick DiPietro four seasons ago that
a goaltender had captured both pieces of hardware.
unbelievable to win both awards,” said Fields. “Anyone
on this team could have gotten the MVP. All I saw tonight
[on the penalty kill] were the backs of my players going
into shots and getting into shooting lanes.”
are a Jekyll-and-Hyde team, alternating between disciplined
play and wearing out a path to the penalty box. As a result,
Fields has been the key to the season thus far. His consistent
goaltending and ability to bolster the penalty killing efforts
of the Terriers is what has BU at 18-10-2 this season (Fields’
record is 17-9-2).
East in average penalty minutes per game (21) also means
that nearly all of Terriers have been the focus of Parker’s
ire at some point this season.
Two of those
targets have been Maiser and McConnell. Parker has benched
each forward at different times this year because of undisciplined
play. McConnell, in fact, missed the Beanpot opener while
serving out his punishment.
was tough watching last week from the stands,” said
the Norfolk, Mass., native. “I took some bad penalties
at UNH and coach sat me out because of it.”
sought redemption on this night for having what he termed
“two terrible games” against BC. He sat out
the third contest against the long-time rivals.
On this night,
however, the past was forgotten as McConnell tallied BU’s
third goal just 19 seconds after rookie David VanderGulik
put the Terriers up 2-0 nine minutes into the second period.
who had an assist on the opening goal, also had the hit
of the tournament – and maybe the season – when
he laid out BC rookie Chris Collins. The Eagles’ 5-foot-8
winger was at full speed as he crossed the red line, but
made the costly mistake of having his head down as the 6-foot-2
McConnell stepped up and flattened Collins. Speeding car,
meet brick wall.
was better than the hit,” said McConnell, “but
it was definitely a nice feeling to get a big hit.”
Maiser, he notched BU’s first goal mid-way through
the first period off a screened slap shot that caromed in
off the post. The Edina, Minn., native has a hand for timely
Beanpot goals, having scored three in his tournament career
– all in championship games. Last season, Maiser tallied
the game-winner in BU’s late comeback against Northeastern.
been all luck,” said the sophomore about his key goals.
“I just wanted to get back and help. I had hurt this
team with bad penalties before and it hurt to have to sit
his as well on this memorable evening, but for the Terriers
as a whole, it was simply business as usual. Just one step
in a long season.
teams win Beanpots,” said Parker. “Great teams
win big games at the end of the year.”
defeated Northeastern 4-1 in the consolation game, with
Tom Cavanagh and Dominic Moore each scoring twice …
Harvard senior netminder Ben Weiss, from nearby Newton,
Mass., played the final 2:28 in goal for the Crimson. Weiss
has overcome a broken orbital bone, knee surgery and a broken
collarbone in the last two seasons. It was his first game
action ever at Harvard after serving as one of the backups
for four years … Northeastern lost both games in this
year’s Beanpot, one season after nearly upsetting
BU in the finals. The Huskies have not won the tournament
since 1988, the end of a five-year span in which the captured
three titles … Harvard’s last Beanpot title
came in 1993 … the loss was only BC’s second
in the last 10 games and only the second time they’ve
scored two or fewer goals since a 3-2 loss to Massachusetts
on Jan. 3 … BC forwards Ben Eaves and Tony Voce have
registered 40 points over the last nine games, although
BU limited the pair to one assist (by Eaves). Eaves has
23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) over that span, while
Voce has tallied 17 (seven goals, 10 assists).