By Matt Noonan
BOSTON, MA – Leftover thoughts and quotes from the Boston Beanpot, and again, in case you missed it, Boston College’s sophomore center Bill Arnold netted the game-winning goal with 6.4 seconds remaining in the extra frame to secure the win for the Eagles.
Here is what the Boston University Terriers had to say after their dramatic loss on Monday at the TD Garden.
* Despite the loss, head coach Jack Parker was pleased with his team’s performance. “I was really pleased with my team. I loved how hard we competed [on Monday], and wasn’t much to choose from either one, but somebody’s got to get a winning goal, but four periods, 80 minutes of hockey and six seconds left we gave one up.”
* Parker also talked about both goaltenders, too. “I thought both goalies played extremely well. I thought both teams played well on the penalty kill and the power play. In general, it was a really well executed, hard fought game. I thought the crowd was obviously into it as well.”
* Also, Parker talked about the competitive nature of both squads, who’re currently chasing University of Massachusetts (Lowell) for the top spot in the Hockey East standings. “Neither one of us are in first place in our league. We’ve got to go play Lowell next week, and they’re in first place in our league, so it’s a real battle for everything that’s going on here down the stretch for home ice, for the top-eight, and then if you get in the playoffs, who do you want to play? There’s a tough draw no matter who you get, so it’s a long way to get to another championship, that’s for sure.”
* Finally, Parker commended his team’s play, especially in overtime. “In the overtime, I played all four lines, and BC was only playing three lines, and I thought we might tire them out, [but] we didn’t. We started to get to them a little, and obviously they got the winner.”
* When asked about his overall thoughts on the contest after it concluded, BU senior co-captain Chris Connolly chirped, “We definitely took a strive forward in our effort, [and] that was playoff hockey at its best. Those are the types of games you play in March and April, and we’ll be well prepared for them when we see [BC] down the road.”
* Sophomore Garrett Noonan, (sadly, no relationship) was questioned about what it’s like to score two goals in a Beanpot championship, and he answered by saying, “It feels alright, pretty good, but obviously I wish the result was different. The goals are nice, but I feel like we could have won that game.” Noonan is from Norfolk, Massachusetts and played high school hockey for Catholic Memorial.