February 14, 2005
Beanpot Final
Opportunity Knocks, BU Answers
Terriers claim 26th Beanpot title

By Joe Gladziszewski

Boston University 3,
Northeastern 2 OT
Team Goal Str
Time Assists
First Period
1-BU Bryan Miller (6) SH
6:45 Unassisted
2-BU Brian McConnell (6) PP
15:32 K. Schaeffer, S. Sullivan

Second Period

1-NU Jon Awe (1) EV
12:38 M. Morris
Third Period
2-NU Jared Mudryk (7) EV
17:55 T. Judy
3-BU Chris Bourque (7) EV
14:10 B. Miller
NU: Keni Gibson, 74:10, 26 saves, 3 GA
BU: John Curry, 74:10, 33 saves, 2 GA
Penalties: NU 6/12; BU 7/14
Power Plays: NU 0-6; BU 1-5
Attendance: 17,565

BOSTON – Two simple words can accurately describe the Boston University Terriers and Northeastern Huskies in Monday's Beanpot Championship game. BU was opportunistic. Northeastern was aggressive.

Terrier coach Jack Parker admitted that the Huskies dictated the play for most of the game. Northeastern outshot, outhit, and outbattled BU for the first 60 minutes, but the Terriers held the lead most of the way because of an ability to capitalize on chances.

With 6:45 elapsed, Bryan McConnell intercepted a cross-ice pass and scored on a short-handed breakaway to give the Terriers the lead. With just under five minutes remaining in the first, the Terriers scored on their second power play of the game. Brian McConnell deflected a point shot from Kevin Schaeffer past Keni Gibson. The Huskies were the better team in the first 20 minutes, but the Terriers held a 2-0 lead.

"I think we really dodged a bullet tonight. For 60 minutes I thought we got outplayed," Parker said. "We got outplayed because we were trying not to lose."

Northeastern dictated the tempo and regularly tested BU goaltender John Curry. The Huskies outshot BU 10-6 in the first, 11-7 in the second, and 10-5 in the third. Goals were difficult to come by, but Jon Awe broke through with a rocket slapper over Curry's catching glove with 7:22 left in the second period. Jared Mudryk tied it with a face-off win and rebound goal from Tim Judy's point shot with 2:05 left in the game.

"We showed such great character," Northeastern senior Jason Guerriero said. "To get down to a team 2-0, you can put your head down and say, 'That's it. BU's got it. It's their luck and it's the Beanpot.' But we bounced back and I really thought we outplayed them."

If Northeastern's aggressiveness got them back in the game, then it was BU's opportunistic nature that got them the win. The Terriers knew they hadn't played very well. They had just given up a game-tying goal in the closing minutes, and they still had the chance to win the tournament.

"We definitely didn't play the game we would have liked to have played," Terrier defenseman Kevin Schaeffer said. "We were a little jumpy, but we kept working at getting the puck out of the zone and making simple plays."

BU played its best hockey in the overtime, and won it when Bryan Miller, the short-handed goal scorer from the beginning of the game, made a great rush down the left wing. He smacked two shots at Gibson, the second deflected off the post to the slot, and Chris Bourque back-handed it home for the championship goal after 14:10 of the overtime hockey.

It was the perfect opportunity.


In the first game of the evening, Boston College received two excellent performances from players put into unexpected positions. When standout defenseman Andrew Alberts was injured in Friday's 8-3 win over Merrimack, Jerry York needed to find someone to put on the point of the team's second power-play unit. He decided on senior defenseman Greg Lauze, a player he said had "about five minutes" of power-play time in his BC career. Yes, the same Greg Lauze that didn't have a goal all season and just six in 127 career games.

"He was the key to our second period," York said of Lauze. "He produced two power-play goals from his shot, both off of deflections."

The revamped power-play units had freshman Brian O'Hanley joining up with Ryan Shannon, Patrick Eaves, Dave Spina, and Brian Boyle. Lauze was on the second group with Ned Havern, Joe Rooney, Peter Harrold, and Dan Bertram.

The other fill-in performance came from Matti Kaltiainen who replaced starting goalie Cory Schneider with 2:31 left in the second period. Schneider was injured while trying to position himself for a save on a Harvard point shot. The injury was described by York as a twisted knee and strained MCL. Kaltiainen made one save in the second period and stopped 13 of 14 shots he faced in the third.

"That's difficult," York said of Kaltiainen's task. "He's sitting on the bench, not expecting to play, and he's kind of cold. I thought he played well in the last couple of minutes of the second period and the third."

INCH's Three Stars of the Night

3. Cory Schneider, Boston College
Eagles rookie netminder was solid in his Beanpot debut, especially when facing quality Harvard chances in the first period. The Marblehead, Mass. native made nine saves before leaving with a knee injury.

2. Keni Gibson, Northeastern
Won the Eberly Award as the tournament's top goaltender with a .947 save percentage in the two games. He was the Beanpot's most consistent player over the course of two weeks.

1. Kevin Schaeffer, Boston University
Stalwart on the BU blueline disrupted numerous Northeastern scoring chances and his point shot was deflected in by Brian McConnell for the second Terrier goal.


• Fleet Bank, which previously held the naming rights for the Bruins' and Celtics' home on Causeway Street, was recently acquired by Bank of America which bought its way out of the stadium naming agreement. Until a new naming contract is awarded, the naming rights are being auctioned on eBay on a per-event basis with proceeds being donated to charity.

• When tickets were doled out for the semifinal round, the Boston University and Northeastern student sections were located next to each other. It made for easy chants between the two populations in the balcony of the rink. The most creative was Northeastern's "We have jobs," in reference to the co-op program at the university. BU's student reply was "Flipping burgers!"

• Among the former Harvard players in attendance for the first game were 2004 alums Tim Pettit and Dennis Packard.

• Jon Awe's goal for Northeastern energized the crowd, which had grown quiet after a largely uneventful second period.

• It's forgettable due to the result, but BU's Brad Zancanaro wore the goat's horns in the championship game. First, he took an ill-advised penalty just minutes after Northeastern trimmed the Terrier lead to one goal. With momentum clearly on the Huskies' side, Zancanaro roughed an NU player in front of the Husky bench about 90 feet away from the play, but approximately five feet away from referee Scott Hansen.

Zancanaro lost the face-off on the tying goal for Northeastern, and also lost coverage of Jared Mudryk, who won the race to the loose puck and shoved it in past Curry.

• NESN did not televise the early game between Boston College and Harvard, meaning that you had to have a ticket to see the matchup. Attendance was so-so for the game, which featured the pairing of the two highest ranked teams in the field.

• "I'm just so proud of the way our guys played and how they represented Northeastern University over the last two Monday nights. You couldn't ask for anything more out of the 18 skaters and the goaltender," NU coach Bruce Crowder said.

• BU's best flurry in the third period, which came with 14:30 left to play, forced Gibson to be at his best. He was on his stomach to blocker a low shot away from danger, than made it back to his feet and square to Boston University's Dan Spang on the rebound effort.

• Some numbers on the Terriers' success in the Beanpot: It was their 26th overall tournament championship and ninth in the last 11 years. Jack Parker has 18 championships as coach of the Terriers.

• It was the lowest-scoring tournament in history, with just 16 goals scored in the four games.

• The NESN announce team of Tom Caron and Andy Brickley have a special knack for being involved in OT games in Boston, including last year's Beanpot final, last week's double-OT semifinal, and Monday's championship. Not to mention the triple-overtime 2004 Hockey East final between Maine and UMass.

• Dan Bertram, a freshman winger from Calgary, was the only Canadian-born player in the Boston College lineup.

• The two biggest events in the hockey world on this February evening were within an hour's drive as the American Hockey League's All-Star Classic was held in nearby Manchester, N.H.

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