The opening round of the 62nd annual Beanpot had the Eagles beating their rivals from down the Green Line, 3-1 . This year the matchup between Boston College and rival Boston University was a tale of two programs going in opposite directions. The Eagles were unbeaten in their last 13 games (12-0-1) and are poised to make yet another deep postseason run. The Terriers, on the other hand, have an overall record of 8-15-3 and are struggling in David Quinn’s first year as head coach.
If this were a contest on who could muster more fan support, the Eagles had a clear advantage over the Terriers, with the SuperFan section packing over a quarter (about seven sections) of TD Garden’s upper deck of seating. BU students could only fill in about three sections, a lackluster effort, even for the season BU has had.
On the ice things were no different. The Eagles got on the board quickly with a powerplay goal by Ryan Fitzgerald four minutes into the first period. The Eagles played well defensively, but could not produce many more scoring opportunities and were outshot 10-5.
As second period play began, the Eagles again got another goal by Kevin Hayes just over a minute in. With an assist on the play, Johnny Gaudreau continued his points streak to 22 straight games. The Eagles would go on to get some more scoring opportunities, but were denied by Terrier goalie Matt O’Connor.
Things got chippy when BU defensemen Doyle Somerby got a game misconduct for hitting Kevin Hayes from behind, which led to hostilities after the whistle. The Eagles again did not allow any points on the board in the second, though, aided by the spectacular play of goalie Thatcher Demko.
Boston University was finally able to get past Demko and the Eagles when BU forward Robbie Baillargeon scored just under seven minutes into the third period.
From there on out play was pretty even between the Eagles and Terriers. BU eventually pulled O’Connor with about 1:40 to go, and Bill Arnold was able to get the puck to Gaudreau, who was able to coast it in for the go-ahead goal with 30.5 seconds left to seal a Boston College victory. With the win, the Eagles move on to defend their Beanpot title against Northeastern next Monday and go for five consecutive Beanpot victories. Expect the SuperFans to be out in full force as trophy season has officially begun for Jerry York and Co.
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