February 7, 2005
Beanpot Semifinals
Hub of Upsets
No. 1 lost and the only unranked team advanced on the first night of the Beanpot

By Joe Gladziszewski

Northeastern 2,
Harvard 1 2OT
Team Goal Str
Time Assists
First Period
1-H Kevin Du (5) EV
0:59 R. Maki, D. Grumet-Morris
1-NU Mike Morris (14) EV
17:23 J. Guerriero

Second Period

No Scoring
Third Period
No Scoring
First Overtime
No Scoring
Second Overtime
2-NU Tim Judy (3) EV
2:01 Unassisted
NU: Keni Gibson, 82:01, 39 saves, 1 GA
H: Dov Grumet-Morris, 82:01, 34 saves, 2 GA
Penalties: NU 5/10; H 5/10
Power Plays: NU 0-5; H 0-5
Attendance: 17,565

BOSTON – As the underdog and only unranked team headed into the Beanpot, Northeastern knew it would take hard work and grit to win the fabled tournament.

It was fitting, then, that perhaps the hardest-working Husky delivered the goal to send Northeastern to next Monday's title game. After 82 minutes, Tim Judy sent a shot past Harvard's Dov Grumet-Morris to deliver a 2-1 double-overtime win.

For Husky goaltender Keni Gibson, himself impressive with a 39-save performance, it's not unusual to feel indebted to Judy.

"I should get him a present every game for all the shots he blocks," Gibson joked.

Gibson and his teammates approached the tournament hoping to build on a season that has been best described as close but not quite.

"Some people think we're really good, and others don't," he said. "I think we're a good team. Our record doesn't show it, but our schedule hasn't been easy. We've won some big games, but lost a couple we should have won. That's hockey."

They won Monday night despite taking a penalty in the final minute of regulation and two more in overtime. But Gibson made every save after a first-minute goal by Harvard's Kevin Du and the rest of the Huskies played with intensity.

"We showed great character tonight," said Judy after his game-winner. "We've done that all year, and it's paying off now."

Boston University 2,
Boston College 1
Team Goal Str
Time Assists
First Period
1-BC Ryan Shannon (9) EV
14:18 Unassisted
1-BU John Laliberte (9) EV
19:44 D. Van der Gulik

Second Period

2-BU John Laliberte (10) PP
6:40 Unassisted
Third Period
No Scoring
BC: Matti Kaltiainen, 59:19, 16 saves, 1 GA
BU: Stephan Siwiec, 60:00, 36 saves, 1 GA
Penalties: BC 6/12; BU 4/8
Power Plays: BC 0-4; BU 1-6
Attendance: 17,565


Boston University was three weeks removed from a sweep at the hands of Boston College, and less than a year away from a lopsided Beanpot loss to the Eagles, but Monday night those were distant memories to those wearing Scarlet and White.

The Terriers got two goals from John Laliberte and an inspired performance from goaltender Stephan Siwiec to win, 2-1, and advance to next Monday's Beanpot final against Northeastern. What's more, BU has evened the season series against its archrivals, 2-2-0, and seemingly leveled the playing field after a rough stretch against the Eagles.

"I think it's huge for our confidence as a team," said Laliberte, who now has 3-3—6 in his last three games. "We've been playing better since the Merrimack game (Jan. 27). We've started to play more open and a little more free. I think it's starting to show."

The Eagles still controlled play for long stretches at the Fleet Monday night, but a few key breakdowns were their undoing. First, Laliberte beat Matti Kaltiainen in the final minute of the first period to tie the score, 1-1. He scored again on the power play in the second period, a goal that came in the midst of a stretch of four straight BC penalties.

"There were three straight penalties on us in the second period and I think we lost our composure," head coach Jerry York said. "Even though we killed the five-on-three we were frazzled on the bench, and I didn't like that about our team."

With the win, the Terriers move on in search of their 26th Beanpot title – considered almost a birthright on Babcock Street. But for now, BU was content to celebrate its win over its rivals.

"It's big to make the final," admitted Laliberte, "but also to beat the No. 1 team."

INCH's Three Stars of the Night

3. Stephan Siwiec, Boston University
His 36 saves were a career high, none bigger than the stop on Stephen Gionta on a 2-on-1 shortly after the only goal Siwiec allowed.

2. Keni Gibson, Northeastern
The Huskies' leader delivered exactly the performance his team needed in order to reach the final.

1. John Laliberte, Boston University
Laliberte's two goals give him 10 for the year, equalling his total from his first two seasons at BU.


• The first college hockey game at the FleetCenter since last year's NCAA championship game saw the same man wearing the orange arm band. Tim Kotyra, who officiated Denver's 1-0 win over Maine last April, called the Northeastern game. Like last April, he wasn't hesitant to send players to the box at critical times, calling four penalties in the last minute of regulation and overtime.

• The NHL lockout relegated the spoked B to a smaller position at center ice, sharing the faceoff circle with the Beanpot logo.

• Non-Bostonians were in for a surprise approaching the arena. The elevated Green Line tracks above Causeway Street are now gone, replaced by street-level tracks and providing a much better view of the Fleet from the street.

• A sparse crowd watched Harvard and Northeastern, perhaps expected for the 5 p.m. game, but it didn't fill up much as the game went to one, then two overtimes. We're guessing that the local taverns, equipped with NESN's coverage, weren't quite so sparse.

• As the Harvard-Northeastern game extended to a second overtime, BU had to summon its strength and conditioning coach for a second session of pre-game stretches.

• Bruins coach and BU alum Mike Sullivan was among those in attendance to watch the Terriers.

• The BU Terrier took the ice in the first intermission with the BC Eagle and a unique wardrobe: an "I'm With Stupid" t-shirt.

• All four BC-BU games this season have been close enough that the trailing team has pulled its goaltender late in the game.

• The 15 semifinalists for the Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the top American-born college hockey player in New England, were announced on Monday. The semifinalists are: Ryan Shannon, Patrick Eaves and Andrew Alberts of Boston College; Tom Cavanagh, Dov Grumet-Morris and Noah Welch of Harvard; New Hampshire's Sean Collins; Maine's Jimmy Howard; Dartmouth's Lee Stempniak; Merrimack's Bryan Schmidt; Boston University's John Curry; Northeastern's Jason Guerriero; Holy Cross' Tony Coskren; and UMass' Marvin Degon.

• It's been a quiet hockey season at the FleetCenter with the Bruins locked out, but the next week will make up for it. With the Beanpot and an Atlantic Hockey doubleheader this Saturday, the building will host six college hockey games in a span of eight days.

• There wasn't a huge variety of sweaters in the crowd Monday night. We spotted one Vermont Catamount jersey, lots from the four participating teams ... and at least 200 from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.


Boston University and Northeastern meet for the 10th time in the Beanpot championship game, with the Terriers holding a 6-3 edge. The Terriers will seek their 26th Beanpot title, while Northeastern looks for its fifth and first since 1988. It will be the second meeting of the season between the teams, following a 3-1 BU win on Jan. 7.

"They're a great team and they have a great goaltender in Keni Gibson," Parker said after the game. "They have one of the best first lines in college hockey, so we'll have our hands full."

While Siwiec shined Monday night, the Terriers could have injured goaltender John Curry back by next Monday. If he's healthy, Parker indicated that he's be inclined to give Curry the start.

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