Eagles Fall in Heartbreaking Beanpot Final
By Jack Salmon
For the Boston College Eagles the story of the 67th Beanpot championship was too little, too late. Despite a furious third period rally, Boston College was unable to overcome the 3-0 deficit it had dug, and lost the Beanpot championship game by a score of 4-2 to Northeastern Monday night at TD Garden. The win for Northeastern marks their second consecutive Beanpot tournament victory, and only their sixth overall. For Boston College, the loss denied them of their 21st title in program history, and now marks four years since they last won the Beanpot.
The game got off to a fast start, with both teams going back and forth generating chances. Both goalies, Joe Woll for BC and Cayden Primeau for Northeastern, were fantastic from the start, making big save after big save to keep the game tied. Just a few minutes into the game it appeared that Boston College had drawn first blood, when a bouncing puck in the crease wound up in the back of the net as Oliver Wahlstrom came crashing through. However, on the ice it was ruled no goal as the net was knocked off its mount right as the puck went into the net, and after a seven minute review this call was confirmed, as there was inconclusive evidence to overturn the call. Right at the end of the period, Northeastern was able to get on the scoreboard, as Austin Pleavy pounced on a rebound that Woll thought he had covered. The goal came with just 39 second left in the period, and gave Northeastern all the momentum heading into the break.
The second period provided much of the same intense, scoreless play that the first period was. This period was more more one-sided than the first as Northeastern outshot BC 12-8 in the frame. But the play of Joe Woll kept Boston College in the game. Then much like the first period, Northeastern found the back of the net in the waning minutes of the second period. Patrick Schule took a feed in the slot and rifled a shot that beat Woll on his glove side with just 2:06 remaining in the frame, doubling the Northeastern lead to 2-0.
The scoring in the third period didn’t wait until the end, as Northeastern scored just 1:26 into the frame to take a commanding 3-0 lead. What could have been the decisive blow for Boston College ended up being the kickstart to their offense. Just three minutes later Boston College was on the board as team leader in goals David Cotton took a beautiful feed from Wahlstrom behind the net and buried a backhand past Primeau. Eight minutes later Cotton was at it again, this time it was his hard work on the forecheck behind Northeastern’s goal that ended with his assist to JD Dudek who made it 3-2 with 7:46 left in the period. Within ten minutes Boston College had made it a one goal game. The final seven minutes of the game saw numerous chances for Boston College, but Primeau was up for the challenge. He made stop after stop, even after Boston College pulled Woll for the extra attacker. With just six seconds left in the game, Northeastern put the exclamation on their back-to-back Beanpot championships as Zach Solow scored on the empty net.
With the tough loss Boston College falls to 10-14-3 on the season. While it would be easy for this team to dwell on this loss, they’ll have to move on quick as this weekend the Eagles play a home-and-home series with the No. 2 team in the nation, UMass Amherst, in a series that could have major Hockey East implications. Boston College is currently five points behind UMass, the leader in Hockey East, so a sweep, and a UMass Lowell loss, could vault the Eagles into first place in the league.