Boston University Stuns, Upsets Boston College with Late Comeback in Beanpot Opening Round
By JD Biagioni
Boston University scored two goals in 70 seconds late in the third, and Wilmer Skoog potted the game winner in double overtime to upset Boston College and complete a comeback that sent the Terriers to the Beanpot final against Northeastern next Monday night.
Officially, Skoog never scored and the game ended in a tie, per new NCAA rules. Thus, BC is now 16-7-1, because the score was still tied after the usual five minute overtime period. But the Beanpot needs an official winner, so the teams went back to the dressing room and the ice was cleaned in preparation for a 20-minute double overtime period.
A wild third period set up for Skoog’s heroics. BU scored three goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation to erase a 3-1 deficit and take a lead. With Logan Cockerill in the box for hooking, BC looked to ice the game, but Luke McInnis was whistled for interference towards the end of the power play, setting up a short 4-on-4. With two seconds remaining in Cockerill’s penalty, Patrick Harper crashed the net. The puck came to David Farrance on the weak side, and Farrance tucked the puck between Spencer Knight’s pads and the post.
The timing of the goal preserved the power play for BU, and the Terriers capitalized on the man advantage to even the score. Farrance and Harper again combined on the tying goal, with Farrance dumping the puck back for Harper who picked the top corner.
At that point, the game seemed destined for overtime, but the Terriers had other plans. With just under two minutes remaining in regulation, Trevor Zegras found Robert Mastrimone for a cross-ice pass, as Mastrimone snuck behind Connor Moore.
Suddenly, BC was left stunned and scrambling to push the game to overtime. Thanks to a hooking call on Patrick Curry, the Eagles had a 6-on-4 opportunity for the final 1:26 of regulation. They’d only need 30 of those seconds though, as David Cotton put a low-angle shot over Ashton Amos’ shoulder in the final minute of play.
In the frantic few minutes of the first overtime, both teams generated chances, but the score remained tied after the five minute extra frame, locking in the official result as a tie, a Beanpot first.
Skoog’s double-OT winner came almost halfway into the fifth frame of hockey. Alex Vlasic started the play by firing a shot from below the circle into traffic. Alex Brink tried to jam the loose puck home, but Knight kicked it out with his left pad. That sent the puck to Skoog who got around Mike Hardman and put the puck over Knight’s left shoulder.
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The loss puts BC in the consolation game against Harvard Monday night at 5 o’clock. In between, the Eagles will host UMass Lowell on Friday and try to rebound by picking up two big Hockey East points.
It also stretches BC’s streak to at least four years without a Beanpot trophy, the longest such drought by the Eagles since going from 1994-2001 without bringing one back to the Heights.
For what it’s worth, while a Beanpot Championship can’t compare to a National Championship, it does hold a special significance for these four schools. In fact, the four have combined to win 10 National Championships in the Beanpot era (five by BU, four by BC and 1 by Harvard). In all 10 seasons, the eventual National Champion brought home the Beanpot first.
Electric night at the Garden. Didn’t go our way this time, but we’ll be back… pic.twitter.com/rpDt9q8u2h
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