Terriers Take Another Beanpot Title
Feb. 10, 2009
BOSTON (AP) -- Even playing short-handed during a key third-period stretch wasn't going to stop Boston University from winning another Beanpot.
Jason Lawrence scored the go-ahead goal for the second straight week, and BU sealed it with two late short-handed goals as the Terriers beat Northeastern 5-2 in the tournament's 57th annual event Monday.
It was 29th Beanpot title for Boston University, who entered its second consecutive week ranked No. 1 in the country.
Nick Bonino, Zach Cohen, David Warsofsky, and Colin Wilson also scored for Boston University (22-5-1).
Bonino, Warsofsky and Wilson's goals were all short-handed.
"The three short-handed goals was hard to imagine," BU coach Jack Parker said. "It was the difference."
Mike McLaughlin and Tyler McNeely had Northeastern's goals. The Huskies (19-7-2), who lead Hockey East over second-place BU and are ranked third in the nation, were seeking only their fifth Beanpot title.
Northeastern last won the Beanpot in 1988.
"I don't care what level of hockey you're playing, you give up three short-handed goals and you're not going to win," NU coach Greg Cronin said.
The tourney, played on the first two Mondays in February, is for bragging rights for the four major Boston-area hockey programs.
"It was huge to get that goal by Dave [Warsofsky]," Bonino said. "It was pretty exciting. To follow it up with another shorty ... it was huge. A weight went off our shoulders."
Referee Scott Hansen had to leave the game late in the opening period after he was hit in the right side of the face with a clearing pass along the boards. A stretcher was brought onto the ice, but Hansen, who went to his knees and covered his face with his hands, skated off with a a towel covering his bloodied face. He was replaced by Tom Fyrer, who worked the first game.
Hansen was taken to Massachusetts Eye and Ear; no immediate information was available.
Warsofsky and Wilson clinched the win with their short-handed goals 30-second apart in the final 6:06.
"It takes the absolute wind out of you," Huskies captain Joe Vitale said of the late scores. "You go from a complete high -- we had the power play, had the momentum."
In the consolation game, Benn Ferriero scored the tie-breaking goal, his second of the game, with 41.3 seconds left in regulation to lift Boston College to a 4-3 win over Harvard.
Lawrence, who scored the winner late in BU's 4-3 opening-round victory over Harvard, redirected Wilson's cross-ice pass from the right edge of the crease 65 seconds after NU tied the game in the second period.
Bonino, who scored a pair against Harvard, was the tourney's most valuable player.
Northeastern had tied it on McNeely's score midway into the second period.
BU played in the final for the 25th time in 27 years, winning its 12th in 15.
Seconds after Brandon Yip fired over the net on a clean breakaway, Bonino sent a shot over goaltender Bard Thiessen's left shoulder to give BU a 2-1 edge 27 seconds into the second period.
Even the mostly college-aged crowd cheered when Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, seated in a luxury box, was shown on the Jumbotron.
Skating with a two-man advantage, BU moved ahead 1-0 on Cohen's goal late in the opening period.
The Huskies tied it with 25.8 seconds left in the period when McLaughlin charged in and beat a pair of BU players to a loose puck in front of the net.
In the first game, the Eagles (13-9-4), last season's Beanpot and NCAA champions, dominated most of the way, outshooting the Crimson 46-22, before Ferriero scored the winner on wrister from in close.
Ben Smith and Brian Gibbons scored BC's other goals.
Pier-Olivier Michaud had a pair of goals for Harvard (5-14-4) and Nick Coskren had the other.