62nd Boston Beanpot: BC Claims Fifth-Straight Beanpot Crown, Tops NU 4-1

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, Mass. – For the fifth consecutive year, Boston College skated around the TD Garden with the coveted Boston Beanpot cup following their 4-1 victory over Northeastern University.

The win marked the third time in four seasons that the Eagles have topped the Huskies in the tournament’s final and claimed some additional hardware.

“It is something that we strive for and when you accomplish something you strive for it’s a real proud moment,” said Boston College head coach Jerry York, who has guided the Eagles to eight Beanpot championship victories in 15 attempts. “I think a quality we have is we’re happy for other peoples’ success, which is a hard quality to possess.

“Our seniors were talking about how it was great to win four straight as a class, but it was better to look at the freshman and see them win it for the first time. I think that is great that our team can be happy for each others’ success.”

Boston College has a lot to be happy about, especially after their team’s 22nd win. The Eagles, who’ve now won 19 Beanpot championships, will look to continue their momentum heading into the final stretch of the regular season.

BC is currently the top squad in the country and hasn’t dropped a contest since falling to Holy Cross after Thanksgiving.

“Everyone’s working hard every day in practice, no one is taking days off and no one hiding,” said BC senior captain Patrick Brown, who netted two goals last night, including the go-ahead strike at 14:30 in the third period.

“We’ve got talented guys, but they’ve got to work hard too and the guys with less talent have got to work harder.”

The Eagles worked hard for their team’s eighth consecutive win by setting up scoring chances, while assisting first-year goaltender Thatcher Demko, who finished with 29 saves.

“Each possession was just huge for each team,” said Demkow, who is now 11-1-2 between the pipes. “You never knew what was going to happen with guys going up and down the ice here and there, so it was a really fast paced game and a really fun game to be a part of.”

BC’s Kevin Hayes provided the Eagles with a 1-0 lead from the top of the slot during the first period before Northeastern answered in the middle frame with John Stevens, who redirected a shot attempt from Kevin Roy, which sailed past Demko.

The 1-1 tie concluded during the final minutes of the third period when Brown tipped a shot attempt by Isaac MacLeod from the point into the Huskies cage, which provided the Eagles with all the momentum.

“Isaac MacLeod works really hard and he’s always shooting for sticks, he’s got a great shot pass,” said Brown. “I was just trying to find a spot in the slot where he could hit my stick. I was getting mauled a little bit and I fell down, but just got my stick on it because he made a great tape-to-tape pass.”

Northeastern attempted to even the score and force an extra session, but a turnover in the neutral zone with less than two minutes to play resulted in an open net goal by Johnny Gaudreau, which sealed the win.

Brown scored his team’s final goal literally 30 seconds after Gaudreau’s strike when he raced down the nearside wing and flipped the puck past Northeastern goaltender Clay Witt.

“In the third period we just couldn’t match their speed in that third and they came at us and we didn’t have a quick enough response to that,” Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan said. “I thought we did a good job actually on their winning goal in tying up Brown down at the net and he was falling and he had a stick and somehow he got a stick on it and scored the winning goal.

“So, congratulations to (Boston College) and we’ve got another rabbit to chase – we’re chasing a Beanpot rabbit and we’re chasing a Hockey East playoff opportunity. So, we’ll take a day off and then get ready for UMass on Saturday.”

While Northeastern will have an additional day to prepare for the Minutemen, a squad that recently defeated them 3-0, Boston College will get back to work on Friday when they travel to Vermont for a weekend series with the Mountaineers.

Both teams aren’t schedule to face-off again this season, but could meet in the Hockey East playoffs.

Mass. College Hockey: Tuesday Evening Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Despite the snow, two local hockey games occurred this evening and below are their scores and highlights.

Men’s Ice Hockey

Boston College 4, Merrimack 1: Kevin Hayes notched his 17th goal of the season, while Patrick Brown registered a goal and assist as the Eagles soared past the Warriors in North Andover. Mike Collins netted the lone goal for Merrimack, which happened to be his eighth tally of the season.

Women’s Ice Hockey

Williams 9, New England College 0: Cristina Bravi registered four assists and one goal (five points), while Eliza Noyes located the back of the New England College cage twice as the Ephs claimed their sixth win of the season. Williams finished the game with 68 shots and were 4-for-13 on the power play.

Mass. College Hockey: Catching Up With BC Forward Patrick Brown

By Matt Noonan 

Last week, the Hockey East held its men’s ice hockey media day at the TD Garden in Boston, and Noontime Sports had the chance to catch up with Boston College senior forward Patrick Brown to chat about the upcoming season.

On starting a new season: “It’s great. It’s great to see what everyone did over the summer, see how they’ve improved, watch the freshmen, so yeah it’s pretty good (to be back).”

On preseason practice objectives: “We want to establish our systems, get everyone playing at a fast pace. Everyone’s been playing summer hockey, so we want everyone in game mode by the time October comes around.”

On personal goals for the season: “Definitely foot speed, I think hockey smarts, just keep my head up at all times and making better plays and then bearing down on face-offs.”

On the team’s offseason: “I think we have a lot of guys that had good summers and a lot of guys look much bigger now, more definition and that’s not all weights, but a lot of it is nutrition. Bill Arnold looks fantastic right now, he had a great summer.”

On playing with Bill Arnold: “We push each other. He does some crazy stuff on the ice and I see that and want to do that (and) maybe he’ll see me do something off the ice and go, ‘Oh that’s a good idea, I have to do that too.’”

On motivation from last year: “That feeling in the locker room when you know you’re not going to see those seniors again, you’re not always going to be in the same spot and we don’t ever want to feel that way. You feel it once and you don’t want to feel it again.”

On the team’s outlook: “I think we’re really excited. Everyone is really jumping at the bits (for our) first game. We’re going to take it one step at a time and our goals are always the same, we want to win trophies.”

61st Boston Beanpot: BC Skates Past Northeastern, Claims Fourth Consecutive Title (Game Summary)

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – Johnny Gaudrea netted the game-clincher with 5:23 remaining in the third, as Boston College soared past Northeastern University, 6-3, and claimed their fourth consecutive Beanpot championship.

The Eagles were held without a goal for close to 31 minutes before Bill Arnold slapped a one-timer past Chris Rawlings, which provided Boston College a lead they’d never relinquish.

Gaudreau doubled the Eagles lead two minutes after Arnold’s strike before Northeastern responded with a goal from Kevin Roy, which brought the Huskies within one. However, the Eagles halted their opponent’s moment by potting two more strikes, which came off the sticks of Patrick Brown and Steven Whitney that provided BC with a 4-1 advantage after two frames.

Northeastern rallied during the opening minutes of the final stanza with goals from Roy and Branden Pimm, but Gaudreau’s second goal of the evening sealed the victory for the Eagles.

Boston College tallied one more goal during the final minutes, as Pat Mullane netted an open-net goal, which secured the win.