Beanpot Monday: Terriers Ready to Face No. 2 Eagles

GO TERRIERS Senior Garrett Noonan has five points (3g, 2a) in six career Beanpot games.
Senior Garrett Noonan has five points (3g, 2a) in six career Beanpot games.

Feb. 2, 2014

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BOSTON - Boston University continues its quest for a 30th Beanpot title with a first-round match-up against No. 2 Boston College on Monday (Feb. 3) at TD Garden. The game, which will be televised by NESN, is set to start at 8 p.m.

This year marks the 62nd edition of the Beanpot and it will kick off at 5 p.m. on Monday when Northeastern faces Harvard in the first semifinal. The two winners will meet for the championship next Monday.

The Last Meeting
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January 17, 2014
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Terriers Fall Short Against No. 3/4 Boston College, 6-4
Faced with a 5-2 deficit midway through the third period, the Boston University men's ice hockey team got within a goal and nearly tied it up before eventually falling to No. 3/4 Boston College by a score of 6-4 on Friday evening at Conte Forum.

The Terriers have lost six of their last seven Beanpot contests with the lone win sandwiched between two three-game losing streaks. BU has never lost four straight Beanpot games. Last year's seniors were the first BU class since 1965 to graduate without a Beanpot title.

BU has won nearly half (29) of the previous 61 Beanpot tournaments. After winning the Beanpot just once in the `50s, BU has won it 28 times in the last 48 years, including 12 of the last 19. The next most successful school in the tournament is BC, which has won the coveted trophy 18 times.

A win over the Eagles in this year's first round would send the Terriers to the Beanpot title game for the 27th time in the last 31 years. Since 1984, the only other years BU didn't reach the finals were in 1994, 2008, 2011 and 2013.

The Terriers come into this year's tournament with an all-time Beanpot record of 85-37 (.697). They are 27-14 (.658) against Boston College and have won 15 of the 20 semifinal tilts with its Comm. Ave. rival. However, BC has won the last four Beanpot meetings, marking its longest win streak ever against BU in the tournament.

BC has already swept the regular-season Hockey East series from the Terriers, posting a 5-1 win at Agganis Arena on Nov. 8 before holding off a late BU rally in a 6-4 contest on Jan. 17 at Conte Forum.

Nine current BU skaters have played in at least one Beanpot. Senior Garrett Noonan leads the way with five points (3g, 2a) in the tournament, including a pair of power-play goals in the 2012 championship game against BC. Sophomore goaltenders Matt O'Connor and Sean Maguire each earned a Beanpot start as rookies last year.



BC sits in first place in the Hockey East standings and is currently on a 12-game unbeaten streak (11-0-1) with the lone blemish a 3-3 tie at Brown on Jan. 11.

The Eagles boast the nation's top offense, averaging 4.38 goals per contest. Their penalty kill also ranks first nationally, operating at a 90.8-percent success rate.

Junior Johnny Gaudreau leads the nation in points (51) and goals (23) while senior linemate Kevin Hayes is tied for second in both points (45) and goals (19). The third member of college hockey's top scoring line - senior Bill Arnold - has 36 points (8g, 28a).

BU is coming off a 3-3 draw at Massachusetts on Friday and is 1-1-1 in its last three games after going through an eight-game winless streak (0-7-1). The Terriers have played two neutral-site games this season, defeating Cornell, 3-2, in Red Hot Hockey at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 30 before falling to Maine at Frozen Fenway.

Sophomore Ahti Oksanen is the only defenseman in the country to lead his team in scoring, totaling 19 points on five goals and 14 assists.

Freshman forward Robbie Baillargeon is second on the team in points with 18 (6g, 12a) and classmate Nick Roberto is right behind him with 17 (7g, 10a). Only six other teams in the nation have received more points from their top two freshmen.

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