Game Report: Boston University vs. Boston College (Beanpot Championship Game) - 9-Feb-04
Written by: Pat Nierle
Fleet Center-Boston, MA
Boston College was the overwhelming favorite. Boston University had won eight of the last nine Beanpots. Jerry York had 688 wins. Jack Parker had 688 wins. In what was dubbed as the No. 1 team in the nation vs. Beanpot dominance, talent prevailed in a 2-1 OT win for Boston College.
The game started of quickly with a good scoring chance for Brian McConnell of BU within the first minute, set up by Ryan Whitney keeping the puck in the BU offensive zone. Just a few seconds later, Chris Collins was taken off for tripping Frantisek Skladany, giving BU its first of five unsuccessful power plays.
Just 24 seconds after the penalty expired, though, BU’s Kenny Roche got the Terriers on the board with a wrist shot from the right wing face-off circle. On replay, BC’s Matti Kaltiainen seemed to have trouble with the change-up of a shot, and it beat him glove side. Unfortunately for BU, BC dominated the play for the next two and a half periods.
Last year’s Beanpot MVP and Eberly award winner Sean Fields was excellent in net for BU, including two gloves saves on BC’s first power play on shots by BC’s J.D. Forrest and Patrick Eaves. He finished the first period with 18 saves, many of them the highlight variety.
The second period was more of the same, BC dominating, but not getting any pucks past Fields. BU went until the nine-minute mark of the second period without a shot, and played most of the game in their defensive end. While BC dominated territorially, BC’s scoring chances were limited.
The third period carried the same theme as the first two. BU’s Jekabs Redlihs took a bad penalty at 3:26 of the third, which led to sustained pressure from BC and a wicked wrist shot, which rang off the post to the right of Fields from Junior forward Ryan Shannon.
BC seemed to finally get one past Fields at 6:06 of the third when a shot from J.D. Forrest deflected off Redlihs and into the net, but replays showed BC’s Adam Pineault in the crease when the puck crossed the line, which negated the goal.
Unfortunately for Fields and BU, it was just a matter of time before BC got another one. With 3:30 remaining in the game, BC’s Ty Hennes found the loose puck in front of the net and wristed it past Fields for the tying goal.
Fields rebounded to keep the game tied with a few great saves, including a point blank chance by J.D. Forrest with twenty seconds remaining.
BC started the overtime with a glorious chance on a 3 on 1. David Spina carried the puck over the blue line, and somehow got the pass through BU’s Whitney. BC’s Shannon whiffed on the pass, missing an open net to the left of Fields.
Just a few minutes later, BC’s Tony Voce, who had an unusually quiet game, took BU Freshman defenseman Tom Morrow wide to the right wing side, and Morrow was forced to hook him down, giving BC it’s fourth, and last power play.
On what seemed to be an uneventful power play, BU’s David Van der Gulik made a bad giveaway in the left wing circle, which BC’s Ryan Murphy turned and slapped past Fields for the game, and Beanpot winning goal.
Notes: Fields became the first-ever Beanpot MVP from a losing team…He also became the first player ever to win Beanpot MVP and the Eberly award in consecutive Beanpot tournaments…Fields stopped 85 of 89 shots in the two games…Fields was never drafted by an NHL team and will be a free agent after this, his senior season. Another key player in the game, BC’s Tony Voce, was also never drafted. He has 20 goals this season and 81 for his career…BU’s Ryan Whitney was paired most of the game with Freshman Sean Sullivan…Whitney played on both the first team power play and penalty kill…Had a quiet, but solid game, he was not on the ice for any of the three goals…It was the first time BU and BC played an overtime Beanpot final since 1957…BC outshot BU 52-13…Ben Eaves sat out with a fractured left kneecap…Eaves was named a finalist for the Walter Brown Award, given annually to the top American-born player in New England…Northeastern beat Harvard 3-1 in the consolation game…Noah Welch had a power play assist.
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