Feb. 3, 2014
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BOSTON -Looking to reverse its recent Beanpot misfortune, the Boston University men's ice hockey team turned in an inspired effort on Monday evening against No. 2 Boston College at TD Garden, but was edged by the Eagles, 3-1, in the semifinals of the 62nd edition of the tournament.
After knocking on the doorstep throughout the first two periods, the Terriers (8-15-3) got on the board at 6:43 of the third on a wrister by freshman Robbie Baillargeon to cut a 2-0 deficit in half. BC (20-4-3), however, notched an empty-net goal with 31 seconds remaining in regulation to seal the victory.
Sophomore Danny O'Regan assisted on Baillargeon's marker and classmate Matt O'Connor was sharp between the pipes for the Terriers, stopping 29 shots.
BC converted on its first power-play opportunity of the game to open the scoring at 4:04 of the first period. Scott Savage and Teddy Doherty cycled the puck to Ryan Fitzgerald in the left circle, and the freshman finished the play for his ninth goal of the season.
BU responded well after the goal, however, as it hemmed BC in its own zone thanks to strong puck possession. The Terriers outshot the Eagles, 10-4, in the first frame.
Kevin Hayes gave BC a 2-0 lead 1:20 into the second stanza, but the Eagles were unable to add to their advantage, even with five consecutive minutes of power-play time following a major penalty.
Sophomore Matt Lane nearly scored the Terriers' first goal after a defensive breakdown by the Eagles. Lane had a wide-open net in front of him, but the puck hopped off his stick. Freshman Kevin Duane was next to get a piece of the puck, but his attempt hit the left post.
Baillargeon got BU on the board thanks to strong forechecking by O'Regan. The sophomore forward collected the puck along the end boards and threw it to Baillargeon at the top of the zone. The freshman whistled the biscuit past Thatcher Demko (27 saves) and gave the Terriers some much-needed momentum.
With O'Connor pulled in favor of an extra attacker for the final minute and a half, Duane almost tied the game with a deft redirection, but Demko was in perfect position to keep the Eagles on top before Johnny Gaudreau sealed the win with an empty-net goal.
The Terriers will face Harvard in the Beanpot consolation game next Monday (Feb. 10) at 5 p.m. Before that match-up though, they will next host UMass Lowell on Friday (Feb. 7) at 7:30 p.m.