BC needs overtime to down Hockey East rival BU

by Evan Sporer / Beacon Staff • February 9, 2011

Boston University had already played Boston College, the No. 1 ranked team in college hockey, three times this season.

Three games, and three losses by a combined score of 17-9.

And with its fourth matchup of the season against the Eagles in the Beanpot Tournament came a  chance for revenge.

With 59 seconds left in regulation, opportunity fell into the lap of the Terriers, and payback was within reach.

With just over a minute left in regulation, BU junior defenseman David Warsofsky came out of the penalty box after serving a two minute minor. Just seconds before, the BU Terriers displayed a gritty special teams effort killing off a BC power play with the game tied at two.

Warsofsky took a stretch pass that put him all by himself behind the Eagles’ defense. BC goalie John Muse was the only thing that stood between the defenseman and a Terrier victory.

Warsofsky deked to his forehand, and put the puck on his backhand. As Muse slid across the goal mouth, Warsofsky guided the puck off his stick, attempting to catch the Eagle goaltender out of position.

Muse stood tall.

Revenge, for the Terriers, would have to wait for another day.

In what was yet another thriller in the 59th annual Beanpot Tournament between two of college hockey’s greatest rivals, BC defeated BU 3-2, in a game that needed overtime to be decided. The result marked the fifth straight Beanpot meeting between the two teams that was decided by a single goal.

“That was a great game of college hockey,” said BC associate  head coach Mike Cavanaugh, speaking on behalf of head coach Jerry York, who has laryngitis. “You had lead changes, breakaways stopped by both goalies; what else could you ask for?”

The back-and-forth game saw BC take an early lead, only to relinquish it within mere seconds.

The scoring began when Eagles’ sophomore defenseman Philip Samuelsson fired a shot from the point. The puck ricocheted off a BU defenseman and found its way over the shoulder of goaltender Kieran Millan. Samuelsson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins two years ago, but chose not at the time not to go pro and instead become an Eagle.

The Terriers did not wait long to respond. Before the goal could even be announced to the crowd, only 38 seconds after BC had taken the lead, Garrett Noonan slid a slick no-look behind-the-back pass to teammate Wade Megan who sniped the puck into the far corner past Eagles’ net minder Muse.

Both teams came out in the second period with the same intensity and pace that had both student sections raucous throughout first frame. Two minutes into the second, BU’s Corey Trivino found a loose puck in between the circles and wristed a shot through the legs of Muse, giving the Terriers their first lead of the night.

BU would take that lead into the third, only to quickly see it squandered. Just under five minutes into the period, the Eagles’ Jimmy Hayes took the puck off the near boards and fired a wrist shot that yet again deflected off a Terrier’s defenseman and found its way past Millan.

As both teams battled through the third, Muse and Millan stopped 15 and seven shots respectively, keeping their teams in the game.

However, for Millan, in the extra frame, for the third time on the day, a puck hit one of his own teammates and ended up in the back of his net.

That was via Tommy Cross, who, on the power play, took a wrist shot that hit off the stick of a Terrier defenseman and jetted over Millan to clinch the victory for Boston College.

“We talked about getting the puck to the net on the power play,” said Cross. “The shot got past the first wave of defenders and found its way in.”