Boston College Wins 5th Straight Beanpot
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Highlights from Boston College's Beanpot win
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BOSTON On a team filled with stars over the years, Patrick Brown has been left to be that program cornerstone, to develop at his own pace. He's the kind of guy every championship team needs to round out its roster.
And he's an example of how important it is for any team to have players that grow into seniors.
Brown scored no goals his first year, one his second year, and five last year. But after getting two goals in Monday's Beanpot championship game, including the game winner late in the third period, Brown now has nine this season.
And, more importantly, he wrote his name into the history books.
Boston College defeated Northeastern, 4-1, getting two more late goals after Brown's game winner, and won the Beanpot for the fifth straight year.
The victory marked the Eagles' 19th Beanpot title and eighth under head coach Jerry York.
Brown broke a 1-1 tie at 14:30 of the third period to give Boston College a 2-1 lead before Johnny Gaudreau added an empty netter to secure the win. Brown tallied his second goal of the game 26 seconds later to conclude the scoring.
Kevin Hayes, who was named tournament MVP, scored for BC at 8:40 of the first period to give the Eagles an early 1-0 lead. Gaudreau started the play when he skated down the right side of the ice and sent a backhanded pass to the front of the net from the red line. Bill Arnold tipped the puck to the middle of the slot where Hayes held off a Husky defender and buried the puck five-hole for his 21st of the season.
The period ended with a hectic last minute, as both teams had golden opportunities to score. Northeastern’s chance came first as Mike Gunn blasted a slap shot from the top of the slot that goalie Thatcher Demko was barely able to shift back into position to kick aside to the boards. The save set up BC for its own opportunity as Hayes broke free behind two NU defenders but Clay Witt made the stop after Hayes’ double move at the crease to send the teams into the locker room at 1-0.
The Eagles turned up the pressure late in the second period, but Witt made several acrobatic saves to keep BC off the board long enough for Northeastern to net the game-tying goal at 18:36 of the second. Kevin Roy skated through the slot and took a shot from in close that bounced off Demko’s pads to John Stevens who lifted a backhanded shot just inside the right post to even the score at 1-1.
Brown’s game-winning goal was set up by Austin Cangelosi who fed the puck from the left corner to Isaac MacLeod along the blue line who fired a shot toward the net that Brown was able to tip as he was lying on his back, redirecting the puck past Witt just inside the far post.
Gaudreau pocketed an empty netter at 18:44 of the third period, his 25th goal of the season, before Destry Straight intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and found Brown on a breakaway, putting him in position to lift a shot into the top of the net, beating Witt glove side.
With the victory, York tied Snooks Kelley for most Beanpot titles as a BC head coach with eight.
With a goal and an assist, Gaudreau extended his point streak to 24 games. Gaudreau has been held scoreless just once this season and leads the nation in scoring, averaging two points per game.
Boston College is on a 15-game unbeaten streak (14-0-1), marking the second-longest unbeaten string under York. The Eagles closed out the 2011-12 season on a 19-game winning streak, culminating with a national championship.