Feb. 8, 2010

Courtesy of Boston University

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Weighart: BU-BC on the Big Stage

BOSTON - Back to .500 for the first time in over three months after winning seven of nine games in the new year, Boston University (11-11-3) now has its sights set on a 30th Beanpot title when it faces No. 14 Boston College (15-8-2) in the 250th meeting between the archrivals on Monday (Feb. 8, 8 p.m.) at TD Garden. The championship game of the 58th Beanpot will be broadcast live in HD by NESN.

ON THE BIG STAGE
Since 1990, Boston University is 61-18-4 (.759) in games with an attendance of 10,000 or more. The Terriers are undefeated in their last nine games (8-0-1) with a crowd that size.

NEUTRAL ADVANTAGE
BU is 11-0-1 in its last 12 contests at neutral sites.

FOURTH MEETING, FOURTH VENUE
• The Terriers have already claimed the regular-season Hockey East series against the Eagles, most recently posting a 5-4 overtime victory at Conte Forum on Jan. 22. BC earned a 4-1 road win at Agganis Arena on Dec. 4 before BU came out on top at Fenway Park on Jan. 8 by a score of 3-2 in front of the third-largest crowd to ever watch a college hockey game.
• Combined with last year's 2-0-1 record against its rival in league play, BU has now taken the series against BC in consecutive years for the first time since winning it three straight seasons from 1992-95.

JACK AND JERRY
To add even more to this rivalry, the opposing bench bosses are the top two active coaches in career victories, as BU's Jack Parker has 827 victories, second only to BC's Jerry York at 836. Both coach at their respective alma mater and the two faced off on the ice from 1965-67.

58th BEANPOT
• This year's Beanpot is the 58th annual tournament, having started in 1953. The Beanpot spent its inaugural year at Boston Arena (now Northeastern's Matthews Arena), followed by a 42-year stint at the old Boston Garden and is now in its 15th season at the TD Garden (formerly the FleetCenter).
• During the first 57 years, the Terriers have won it an unparalleled 29 times. Last year, BU skated to a 5-2 win over Northeastern in the championship game on the strength of three shorthanded goals.
• After winning the Beanpot just once in the `50s and three times in the `60s, BU has won it 25 times in the last 40 years, including 12 of the last 15. The next most successful school in the tournament is BC, which has only won the coveted trophy less than half as many times as BU (14). Next is Harvard with 10 titles, while Northeastern has lifted the Beanpot just four times.

TITLE BY DECADES
• The Terriers have won the Beanpot seven times already in this millennium (2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009).
• BU's most successful decade was the `90s, when it won eight times (1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999).
• Prior to that, BU won it three times in the `80s (1982, 1986 and 1987), seven times in the `70s (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1978 and 1979), three times in the `60s (1966, 1967 and 1968) and once in the `50s (1958).

ALMOST A SURE THING
• The Terriers are in the Beanpot title game for the 15th time in the last 16 years, the 25th time in the last 27 years and the 42nd time in the last 47 years.
• A first-round overtime loss to BC in 2008 ended a streak of 14 straight title-game appearances for BU.
• The Terriers hold the record for consecutive finals appearances at 16 (1964-79).
• Since 1984, the only other year BU didn't reach the finals was in 1994 when it was defeated by Harvard, 4-2, in the opening round.
• The Terriers have won the title 29 times, have 18 second-place finishes, seven third-place finishes and three fourth-place finishes. The last year they finished fourth was in 1980.

ALL-TIME BEANPOT RECORD
The Terriers have an all-time Beanpot record of 84-31 (.730). They are 27-11 (.711) vs. Boston College, 26-13 (.667) vs. Harvard and 31-7 (.816) vs. Northeastern.

AT THE GARDEN
• The Terriers come into Monday's Beanpot title game with a 34-11-0 record (.756) at TD Garden.
• They are 26-3 (.897) in the Beanpot, having won the 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 tournaments played there, while they finished second in 2001 and 2004. Their only losses have come to BC. • They are an even 8-8 in the Hockey East playoffs at TD Garden.
• Sophomore goaltender Kieran Millan is 5-0-0 is his five starts at the Garden and has allowed just one goal in each of his last two starts in the building.

CURRENT TERRIERS IN THE BEANPOT
• Twenty-one current Terriers, including two goaltenders, have appeared in the Beanpot.
• Junior Nick Bonino, the 2009 Beanpot MVP, and classmate Colby Cohen have both tallied at least one point in all five of their games at the Beanpot and share the lead amongst current Terriers in points at the tournament with six each.
• Bonino scored at least one goal in all four of his Beanpot games as a freshman and sophomore.
• Junior Kevin Shattenkirk has totaled five points - all assists - in his five Beanpot games and senior Luke Popko has totaled four assists in his seven Beanpot contests.

BU-BC SERIES HISTORY
• The Comm. Ave. rivals have met 249 times and the Terriers lead the series, 125-107-17 (.536).
• The teams are an even 5-5-2 in their last 12 meetings, but BU has won five of the last six.
• The Terriers have won 12 of the 16 meetings with the Eagles that have taken place at TD Garden, including nine of 12 in the Beanpot.
• No other opponent has appeared on BU's schedule more often. Northeastern is the next closest, having faced the Terriers 204 times since the 1930-31 season.
• BU began playing hockey during the 1917-18 season and played its lone game that year against BC.
• The Terriers are is 27-11 (.711) against BC in the Beanpot, including a 12-7 (.889) mark in title-game meetings.
• BU is 17-3 (.850) in its last 20 Beanpot game against BC.
• The teams have previously met 19 times in both the semifinals and the finals.
• The two teams have played 38 overtime games in the all-time series, and BC holds a 9-12-17 edge. The Eagles have recorded eight of the 15 shutouts in the 249-game history.

LAST BEANPOT TITLES
BU, 2009: Colin Wilson tallied a goal and two assists and tournament MVP Nick Bonino added a tally as the Terriers posted a 5-2 win over Northeastern.
BC, 2008: Nick Petrecki scored the overtime winner and tournament MVP Brian Gibbons added two goals in a 6-5 victory over Harvard.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES
• Boston College is an even 5-5-0 in the new year, but has won its last three games by a combined score of 18-3. On Friday, the Eagles posted a 7-1 road victory over No. 14/15 UMass.
• Junior Brian Gibbons has a team-best 34 points on 10 goals and 24 assists, while sophomore Cam Atkinson is close behind with 30 points on the strength of a team-high 17 goals. Junior Joe Whitney has tallied 23 points (10g, 13a) and seniors Ben Smith (12g, 8a) and Carl Sneep (7g, 13a) have contributed 20 each.
• Junior John Muse has made 18 starts in goal for the Eagles this season and has a 10-6-2 record to go along with a 2.37 goals-against average. Freshman Parker Milner has won five of his seven starts in goal.
• BC's offense ranks third in the nation, averaging 3.80 goals per contest and its penalty kill is operating at 87.6 percent, good for fifth in the country.
• Jerry York is in his 17th season at the helm of the BC program and has a record of 369-202-57 (.633) at the school.

FIRST-PERIOD RUN LIFTS BU PAST LOWELL
• Despite giving up a goal on the first shift of the game, Boston University reeled off three consecutive tallies - including two shorthanded - in the opening period and held on to post a 3-2 road victory over No. 18 UMass Lowell on Friday night at the Tsongas Center.
• With their third straight win - a season best - the Terriers improved to .500 for the first time in over three months.
• Ross Gaudet, Zach Cohen and David Warsofsky scored goals in succession for BU, while Kieran Millan recorded 16 saves in goal.
• After Lowell scored 22 seconds into the game, BU came up with quick answer just 40 ticks later as Gaudet knocked in his eighth goal of the year on assists from Joe Pereira and Nick Bonino.
• After coming up empty on the first power-play chance of the game, the Terriers committed back-to-back penalties in the middle stages of the opening period, but turned on the pressure shorthanded and cashed in twice while a man down to take a 3-1 lead into the second period.
• The River Hawks scored a power-play goal in the second to get within one, but the Terrier defense allowed just two shots in the final period to hold off Lowell and pick up the win.

TERRIERS REACH BEANPOT FINAL ONCE AGAIN
• Alex Chiasson broke a 1-1 tie with 5:47 remaining in regulation to lift Boston University to a 2-1 victory over Northeastern in the opening round of the 58th Beanpot last Monday.
• After Colby Cohen opened the scoring midway through the game on a power play with his team-leading 10th goal of the season, the Huskies drew even with a power-play goal of their own with 10:26 left in regulation
• Chiasson tallied the game-winner on an odd-man rush started by David Warsofsky to help the Terriers regain the lead, but a BU penalty with 88 seconds left in regulation gave the Huskies one last chance.
• NU pulled goaltender Chris Rawlings to gain a two-man advantage, but the Terrier defense was up to the task. BU's Kieran Millan made a fantastic glove save with 32 seconds left to play and Eric Gryba blocked the Huskies' last shot attempt of the game.
• Millan finished the game with 26 saves, while Rawlings recorded 33.

OFFENSE FROM THE BLUELINE
• Junior defenseman Colby Cohen was named the Hockey East Player of the Month for January and leads BU in goals this season with 10, a total that ranks tied for first nationally amongst blueliners.
• Cohen has totaled 11 points (7g, 4a) in his eight games since the new year.
• The game-winning-goal in five of BU's 11 victories has come from the stick of Cohen, who is tied for first in the nation in that category with nine others - all forwards.

MILLAN GETTING INTO GROOVE
• Sophomore Kieran Millan is 6-1 thus far in 2010 with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.
• The top two save totals of his career came in January (42 at BC, 1/22; 39 vs. UMass, 1/29). His performance against the Minutemen helped him earn Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors on Feb. 1.

BONINO REACHES CENTURY MARK
• Junior Nick Bonino capped a three-assist performance in a 6-2 victory over UMass on Jan. 29 with his 100th career point, becoming the 77th Terrier to reach the century mark.
• In 103 career games, Bonino now has 40 goals and 62 assists for 102 points.
• Bonino ranks fourth in career points among current Hockey East players.
• He has tallied a team-high 23 points on six goals and 17 assists and all of his points have come in the last 17 contests.
• Bonino is currently on a six-game point streak, having tallied 11 points (1g, 10a) during the stretch. He also has at least one point in 10 of his last 11 contests and 13 of his last 15.

TERRIER TIDBITS
• Boston University posted more wins in January (5) than it did in the entire first half of the season (4) and is 7-2-0 in the new year.
• The Terriers are tied for first nationally with St. Cloud State in shorthanded goals with eight.
• BU's win over UMass Lowell on Friday was its first all season when it has allowed the first goal (1-8-3).
• Sophomore Ross Gaudet ranks third on the team in goals this season with eight has needed only 27 shots on goal to reach that total.
• Senior Eric Gryba received 12 penalty minutes in the loss against Rensselaer on Dec. 11 to pass Freddy Meyer `03 and become BU's all-time leader in penalty minutes. Meyer recorded 288 in his career with the Terriers and Gryba currently has 319.
• Over the past 17 games, 19 different Terriers have scored at least one point.
• Last season, the Terriers were 5-0-0 when allowing exactly three goals but are just 1-5-3 this season in that scenario.

EXTRA SPECIAL
• BU is 6-0-7 in its last 13 overtime games and hasn't lost in extra time since a 2-1 setback against Harvard on Nov. 20, 2007.
• Colby Cohen has scored the game winner in three of the Terriers' six wins during the streak.
• BU has not lost a conference game in overtime since Feb. 21, 2003, at Providence.

BALANCED ATTACK
• Led by Nick Bonino with 23, five Terriers have 18 or more points this year and 11 have 10 or more.
• Twelve Terriers have scored at least three goals this season and nine of them have at least two power-play tallies.

SCORING BY CLASS
The juniors hold a narrow 76-75 lead over the sophomores in the race for scoring by class, but the sophomores have the most goals with 31.