BC beats BU, 4-3, in 'classic' Beanpot final

Mike Petraglia
February 08, 2010 - 5:37 pm
Boston College erased a 1-0 deficit with a flurry of three second-period goals on its way to a 4-3 win over the Boston University Terriers in 58th Beanpot championship game Monday night at TD Garden. Kevin Shattenkirk gave BU a 1-0 lead with his even strength goal at 13:36 of the first. But BC responded with three in the second, sparked by Steven Whitney's power play goal 61 seconds in. Carl Sneep and Chris Kreider added goals to put BC in command. BC claimed its 15th Beanpot title in school history and its second in three years when it withstood a late, furious rally by the Terriers, including a wraparound on the doorstep with 19.8 seconds remaining that was turned away by tournament MVP John Muse. "If there was a classic Beanpot, that would be one of them," BC coach Jerry York said. "I've been involved in a lot of really good matchups here. This particular one was quick, it was fast. Even at 4-1, none of us thought it was finished yet." BU lost in the title game for the first time since losing to BC 2-1 in overtime in 2004. The game also marked the 250th meeting between the archrivals, with BU still leading the series, 125-108 and 17 ties. "I thought it was a fabulous game to watch as a college hockey game," BU coach Jack Parker said. "It's the 250th time we've played each other and where better to play each other than the Beanpot final. And other than the outcome, I thought it was a fabulous game. We won seven Beanpots in the decade of the 2000s and eight Beanpot in the decade of the 90s and now they won the first one of this decade so they're one up up on us. So we've got a ways to go." Already on the power play, BU pulled goalie Kieran Millan and had a 6-on-4 advantage. Colby Cohen capitalized by scoring with 2:46 remaining to cut the Eagles' lead to one, 4-3.