Boston College Wins Beanpot

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Posted February 7, 2013 by Ross Wyszomierski in Sports
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The Boston College Eagles etched their names into the record book on Monday night at the TD Garden. The Eagles disposed of Northeastern University in the 61st edition of the Beanpot tournament to take home their fourth consecutive title.

The Beanpot trophy returns to Chestnut Hill for an 18th time as the Eagles won the title 6-3 over the Huntington Hounds. Jerry York’s seniors raised the Beanpot four times in their college careers, something no other BC squad has ever done before.

Northeastern’s title dreams were dashed by BC for the third straight year. Last year, the Eagles bounced the Huskies 7-1 in the opening round of the tournament and two years ago, the Huskies came thisclose to the title losing 7-6 in overtime as the Eagles skated away as champions.

Northeastern (8-14-3) still made Boston College (17-7-2) earn their four-peat. The 6-3 score was much closer than it appeared. It seemed that Northeastern would go into the second intermission trailing BC 3-1, but with only 0.4 seconds left, Steve Whitney collected his own rebound and put the puck past goaltender Rawlings to give the Eagles a 4-1 lead.

Just 11 seconds into the third period, NU’s sensational freshman Kevin Roy netted his second goal of the game to make it 4-2. The early goal created a spark in the Huskies and at the 3:56 mark, captain Vinny Saponari was able to get his shot deflected in, cutting the Eagles’ lead to only one. Saponari’s goal was the first Northeastern goal scored in this year’s tournament by a player other than Roy.

Hoisting the Beanpot

“We believed in our chances between the second and the third, we wanted to go out and score an early goal to get some energy, and I thought we did, and were really close to getting back, Roy said.

“At 4-3, we had a lot of opportunities.” Roy also took home the MVP award of the tournament, the first time a member of the losing team won the award since 2004.

In a hard-fought third period, BC sophomore Johnny Gaudreau scored his second goal of the night at 14:37 to put the Eagles up 5-3. It was only fitting that BC senior Pat Mullane closed the door on NU, scoring on an empty-net goal as the Huskies tried to rally late.

“It’s a testament to our coaches, and the culture we’ve bred here,” said BC sophomore Patrick Wey.

Boston College will take time to admire their newest edition to the trophy case, but both teams will be getting back to work. Boston College and Northeastern will look to get back to the TD Garden for the Hockey East Playoffs.


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