Boston College Takes 7-6 Overtime Win Over Northeastern for Second Straight Beanpot Title


February 15, 2011

Final, BC 7, Northeastern 6: Despite the loss, Rawlings is still named the best goaltender of the Beanpot, while Kreider earns the MVP award.

Kreider lifts BC’s 16th Beanpot, as their banner is raised to the TD Garden rafters.

As the postgame mania continues following this instant classic, the scoring on the final goal has been changed. While Kreider was originally credited with the game-winner, the scoring was changed to give the winning tally to Jimmy Hayes.

Overtime, 14:00, BC 7-6:
That’s all she wrote. BC wins back-to-back Beanpot Championships, as they take a 7-6 overtime victory over Northeastern. Kreider scored the game-winner, recording the hat trick on the night. Kreider picked up a rebound that kicked off Rawlings’ pad, and lifted it into the back of the net.

Overtime, 16:23, 6-6: BC is just three shots away from doubling Northeastern’s tally, and they’ve taken control early in the first overtime period.

End of Third Period: We’re heading into free hockey here, as neither team is ready to give up on the dream of a Beanpot title. Northeastern came away with a late one to knot it at 6-6, and the Garden has been deafening ever since.

Third Period, 00:21, 6-6: The crowd is deafening, as Vrolyk almost netted the Huskies’ seventh goal of the night. Vrolyk interrupted a pass in the Eagles’ defensive zone and fired a low shot on Muse. Luckily, Muse knows what it’s like to be tested under high-pressure situations, and he kicked the shot aside.

Third Period, 1:46, 6-6: We’re not done here yet folks. Northeastern knots the score at six, as Wade MacLeod blasted a shot from the right faceoff circle past Muse. MacLeod got the perfect amount of fire on that one-timer from Tyler McNeely.

Third Period, 4:13, BC 6-5: As time ticks down in regulation, the Huskies may be getting a bit frustrated with the scoreboard. Oleksiak is called for an interference play in the neutral zone and BC will go on the man advantage with four minutes remaining.

Third Period, 5:10, BC 6-5: Was anyone expecting this to be a high-scoring matchup? Give Rawlings credit, he’s faced 38 shots from the Eagles, as BC holds a 38-23 edge in shots.

Third Period, 8:16, BC 6-5: This is the reason why BC is the number one team in the country. They don’t let deficits affect them, and they maintain their skilled attack throughout 60 minutes of hockey. Kreider came away with the Eagles’ sixth goal of the matchup, on an assist from Hayes.

Third Period, 9:48, 5-5: The pattern of this game has just gotten weird. Once again, BC has tied it up just a few minutes after Northeastern regained the lead. Bill Arnold is credited with the goal.

Third Period, 11:16, Northeastern 5-4:
Brodie Reid conects for his second goal of the game, capitalizing on a deflected save by Muse. His goal was assisted by Oleksiak.

Third Period, 15:54, 4-4:
This period has started out marginally slower than the last, which feels strange for this thrilling game.

Boston College Takes 7-6 Overtime Win Over Northeastern for Second Straight Beanpot Title

Northeastern will take the first power play of the period, as Brian Gibbons skates to the box with a high sticking penalty.
End of Second Period, 4-4: So we end the second period just as we started it, all tied up. The intense matchup and atmosphere will only escalate as we head into the third.

While most of the night has been a constant shouting match between the opposing fans, there was a moment of collective positivity when the TD Garden showed Norwood, Mass., native Matt Brown on the screen.

Brown was injured during a high school hockey game on Jan. 23, and that injury left him quadripelgic. When he was shown on screen, the entire Garden crowd of 17,565 erupted, giving the young hockey player a standing ovation. Players on each bench even cheered for Brown, slamming their sticks and fists on the boards.

Second Period, 6:36, 4-4: Does it surprise anyone that we’re tied yet again? Fresh out of the penalty box, Tyler McNeely notches his first of the game off a rebounded shot of Drew Muench. Silva is also credited with an assist on the play.

Second Period, 7:53, BC 4-3: BC back on top as perserverance in front of the net pays off. Steven Whitney picked up the loose puck in front of the net and flipped it over Rawlings for the lead. Cross and Gibbons are awarded assists on the play.

Second Period, 8:48, 3-3: We’re back at even strength, as Tyler McNeely is sent to the penalty box for hitting from behind.

Second Period, 9:45, 3-3: Northeastern will go on the man advantage again, as Cam Atkinson is called for an interference penalty midway through the period.

Second Period, 10:01, 3-3: Beware of the Boston College offensive attack, because it can catch any defensive unit off guard. Case in point, Jimmy Hayes and Brian Gibbons recent two-on-one drive on Chris Rawlings. Luckily for the Huskies, Hayes couldn’t control the quick pass from Gibbons in front of the net, and the puck flew wide.

Second Period, 12:36, 3-3: I don’t think there’s been a dull minute of this matchup, as Northeastern goes back on the man advantage. Joe Whitney heads to the penalty box with a hooking minor.

Second Period, 14:35, 3-3: And we’re even again, as Kreider notches his eighth of the season on a quick snap in front of the net. Pat Mullane and Brian Dumoulin pick up assists on the power play goal.

Second Period, 17:13, Northeastern 3-2: Their first two goals came on the power play, and now their third goal comes on a penalty kill. Dongara comes away with the shorthanded goal off an assist from Eibler.

Second Period, 18:08, 2-2: Northeastern is heading to the penalty box as Robbie Vroylyk is called for interference.

Second Period, 19:07, 2-2: The Eagles have pulled even mere seconds within the second period. Yet again, Tommy Cross is making things happen on the BC end as his initial shot was deflected by Rawlings and Pat Mullane was there to scoop up the rebound. Patrick Wey was also credited with an assist on the play.

End of First Period, Northeastern 2-1: The excitement continues as Northeastern pull ahead of the No. 1-ranked Eagles with just under two minutes to play in the first. Both of the Huskies’ goals have come on the power play.

First Period, 1:48, Northeastern 2-1: The Huskies take advantage of their second power play opportunity, as Brodie Reid connected from the left faceoff circle. Reid capitalized on the loose puck after Wade MacLeod’s shot was knocked wide by Muse.

First Period, 2:24, 1-1: Two more penalties coming right up. This time it’s BC sophomore Chris Kreider called for boarding, followed by Northeastern senior Steve Silva heading to the box for hooking.

First Period, 2:51, 1-1: Of course there had to be a few retaliation penalties after Northeastern pulled even. Huskies captain Tyler McNeely and Eagles senior Joe Whitney are both called for roughing, while BC senior Brian Gibbons was also penalized for hitting after the whistle.

First Period, 2:56, 1-1: Northeastern takes advantage of the power play as Luke Eibler connects with a blast from the point. Freshman James Oleksiak found his d-partner at the opposite point, and Eibler connected with a high shot past Muse. Bitetto also earned an assist on the play.

First Period, 4:26, BC 1-0: Northeastern will get its first power play of the game, as Tommy Cross skates to the penalty box with a tripping minor.

First Period, 10:48, BC 1-0: Tough break for the Huskies on that one. Tommy Cross — the hero of last week’s overtime win over BU — took a fairly weak shot on net that looked like just another routine save for Rawlings. Unfortunately, freshman forward Rob Dongara deflected the shot at the last minute, throwing Rawlings off the puck’s path and allowing the first BC goal.

First Period, 16:04, 0-0: Well that didn’t take long. We’re already seeing the chippy nature of this important matchup come to life. Northeastern freshmen Anthony Bitetto and Luke Eibler both shove their opponents to the ice after the whistle. Bitetto and Eagles forward Brian Gibbons are given matching hitting after the whistle penalties, while Eibler receives a hitting from behind minor penalty.

First Period, 18:07, 0-0: We’ve caught our first glimpse of BC’s highly skilled attack, as they posted back-to-back shots on Rawlings. The sophomore will have to be on his game today, because this Eagles’ offense will attack him from all angles.

First Period, 18:58, 0-0: The first shot on goal comes from the Huskies, but Muse easily bats the shot wide.

7:31 P.M.: We are just minutes away from the puck drop in the Beanpot title game, and this will definitely be an incredible duel between two very strong goaltenders.

Northeastern sophomore Chris Rawlings is in net against BC senior John Muse. The Eagles’ experienced netminder leads Hockey East in both save percentage and goals against average, but Rawlings isn’t far behind in either category.

Final, Harvard 5, BU 4:In a shocking turn of events, Harvard has earned the win in the Beanpot consolation game.

After getting shutout by Northeastern last week, and watching their future opponent play the No. 1-ranked team into overtime, no one was expecting a Harvard win in this one.

Third Period, 3:08, 5-4: Harvard has shocked the fans at the Garden, taking a 5-4 lead with just three minutes to go in the Beanpot consolation game.

Team captain Michael Del Mauro tallied the Crimson’s fifth goal of the game, as he perfectly picked up a rebound off Kieran Millan’s pads, tucking it into the back right corner of the net.

Michaud and Starett were credited with assists on the play.

Third Period, 4:03, 4-4: This is definitely the back-and-forth period. Just over one minute after Chiasson gave the Terriers the lead, Harvard defenseman Danny Biega nets the game-tying goal with minutes to play in regulation. Pier-Olivier Michaud, and Peter Starett earned assists on the play.

Third Period, 5:55, BU 4-3: Well, it wasn’t right off the bat like their last power play strike, but they’ll take it. Chiasson successfully tips a David Warsofsky slapshot from the point past Ryan Carroll. Matt Nieto also picked up an assist on Chiasson’s second goal of the game.

Third Period, 7:47, 3-3:
BU gets their first an advantage of the third period, as Harvard’s Brendan Rempel heads to the penalty box with a boarding minor.

The Terriers took early advantage of their last power play opportunity, we’ll have to see if they can repeat their success here in the third.

Third Period, 10:24, 3-3:
The back-and-forth action continues as the two teams have seen a few shots on goal, but have barely set up a legitimate scoring attack. BU still leads Harvard in shots on goal, with a 35-24 edge.

Third Period, 14:32, 3-3: We get our first glimpse at some chippiness down on the ice, as the Terriers and Crimson start a shoving match in front of the Harvard bench.

Third Period, 16:04, 3-3: After an exciting second period, the third has seen a lot of back and forth action so far.

End of Second Period, 3-3:
Who saw that period coming? After Harvard exploded early on, taking a 3-1 lead six minutes in, the Terriers bounced back to tie the game at 3-3 heading into the final stanza.

Second Period, 5:51, 3-3: Harvard center Alex Killorn gives BU another break after their back-to-back scores, as he heads to the penalty box for holding.

Second Period, 6:45, 3-3: Now this is a hockey game. BU has pulled back into this one as defeseman Adam Clendening scores his third of the season to tie the game at three. Noonan and Connolly were awarded assists on the play.

Second Period, 7:36, Harvard 3-2: The Terriers didn’t waste any time on that power play opportunity as freshman defenseman Garrett Noonan found the back of the net off a pass from Charlie Coyle. Chris Connolly was also awarded an assist on the play.

Second Period, 7:47, Harvard 3-1: BU is getting the break they need here, as Harvard junior Rence Coassin heads to the penalty box with a hitting from behind minor.

Second Period, 9:51, Harvard 3-1: Harvard is definitely re-charged after those three goals, as they have not given Millan a rest after taking the lead.

Second Period, 13:43, Harvard 3-1: Harvard gets yet another advantage here in the second, as BU sophomore Alex Chiasson heads to the box with a slashing minor.

Second Period, 14:24, Harvard 3-1:
Harvard has changed the pace of this game in a matter of minutes. Killorn nets his second of the game on a pass from Grimshaw in front of Millan. Danny Biega also collected an assist on the play.

Second Period, 14:43, Harvard 2-1: Just under a minute later, Harvard takes the lead with Ryan Grimshaw’s second goal of the year.

Second Period, 15:37, 1-1: Harvard evens the score just five minutes into the second. Alex Fallstrom carried the puck down the boards and found Killorn perfectly positioned in the slot. Killorn capitalized on a crisp pass from Fallstrom and one-timed it past Millan for the short-handed score.

Second Period, 17:17, BU 1-0: BU has taken control of the offense so far here in the second, peppering Carrol with shots in the Harvard zone. A few lucky deflections for Harvard, however, and we’re still at 1-0.

End of First, BU 1-0: Harvard didn’t help their case any by taking that late penalty, as BU will enter the second period with the lead and a man advantage.

First Period, 19:59, BU 1-0:
Harvard takes a bad penalty, as Daniel Moriarty slams Joe Pereira from behind into the corner boards, earning a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

First Period, 1:30, BU 1-0: We’re back at even strength as Terriers sophomore Wade Megan heads to the box with a boarding call.

First Period, 2:25, BU 1-0: BU will have one more opportunity to extend their lead as they take the man advantage with just over two minutes to play in the first.

Crimson junior Ryan Grimshaw takes the two-minute minor for hooking.

First Period, 4;04, BU 1-0: BU kills off those two penalties no problem, and we’re back at even strength.

First Period, 6:12, BU 1-0: Harvard has a great chance here, as Max Nicastro  heads to the box to joins Cortnall in the box.

First Period, 7:29, BU 1-0:
Harvard will now get their first man advantage midway through the first as BU sophomore Justin Cortnall is called for boarding.

First Period, 8:49, BU 1-0: BU has the clear advantage on offense so far in the first, earning an 11-5 advantage in shots, but Harvard has the capability to generate a legitimate attack. Kieran Millan just got his first real test of the game as Crimson forward Marshall Everson tried to tip a blast from the point past Millan.

The junior netminder stretched out just in time to make the save.

First Period, 12:12, BU 1-0: The Terriers almost extended their lead to two with a quick give-and-go play in front of Carroll, but senior forward Joe Pereira whiffed on the wide open shot on the Crimson netminder.

First Period, 14:18, BU 1-0: Sophomore Alex Chiasson strikes first as the Terriers go up 1-0 on the power play opportunity. Chiasson chipped away at that one, as his first attempt was denied by Carroll, but he capitalized on the rebound.

Matt Nieto and Corey Trivino are awarded assists on the play.

First Period, 15:42, 0-0: Boston University takes the first advantage of the night as Crimson junior Alex Killorn heads to the penalty box with a slashing call.

First Period, 17:00, 0-0:
And we’re underway in the first game of the night as Harvard and Boston University battle for third place.

Kieran Millan is in net for the Terriers, while Crimson senior Ryan Carroll is between the popes on the opposite end.

8 a.m.: For the 59th consecutive year, four college hockey teams in Boston have come together to determine which team is the city’s best.

Last week, the four teams were whittled down to two, as Boston College edged Boston University in an overtime thriller and Northeastern blanked Harvard to advance to the final round. Harvard and BU will kick off the final night of Beanpot action, playing in the consolation matchup at 4:30 p.m.

Boston College and Northeastern will follow, with a 7:30 p.m. puck drop. The Huskies have a tough night ahead of them, but they’ve experienced quite a bit of success in the second half of the season thanks to sophomore goaltender Chris Rawlings.

Rawlings will have to be on his game on Monday night, however, to match the skilled attack of the Boston College Eagles.

We’ll have all the action throughout the night, from the first puck drop to the final horn.

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