BOSTON - Junior forward Brian McGuirk scored 5:06 into overtime, leading the Boston University menís ice hockey team (16-5-8) to a 2-1 win over Boston College (16-11-1) in front of a sellout crowd in the championship game of the 55th Beanpot Tournament on Monday evening at TD Banknorth Garden. It is the 28th Beanpot title for the Terriers, who have now won the past three. Senior goaltender John Curry was named both the tournament MVP and Eberly Trophy winner, posting a tournament-record .985 save percentage in two games.
The game-winner came after sophomore forward John McCarthy won an offensive zone faceoff, allowing McGuirk to gather the puck in the left circle and wrist a shot over Cory Schneiderís shoulder. It was the first goal of the season for McGuirk. At the time of the goal, BU had been outshot 29-14 since the opening period.
Boston University is now 80-30 (.727) all time in the Beanpot, 27-10 (.730) versus the Eagles. It is the second straight year BU has defeated Boston College in the final. Curry, who earned a 4-0 shutout win over Northeastern in the opening round last Monday, was tested early, stopping Nathan Gerbe on a backhand in front on the first shift of the game.
Sophomore Chris Higgins opened the scoring for the Terriers with his 11th goal of the season just 2:33 into the game. On the play, junior Pete MacArthur picked up a loose puck at the right faceoff circle and fed a pass to Higgins in the slot. Higgins found Eric Thomassian down low, who returned a feed back to Higgins at the far post, where the second year center slid a shot under Schneider for a 1-0 BU lead.
Matt Gilroy had a chance to add to the margin with four minutes to go in the period, but Schneider was able to go post-to-post and get a pad on his one-timer attempt. Despite the Eagles holding a territorial edge for much of the first, BU outshot BC 11-9 in the period.
Boston College had a chance to tie the score midway through the second period when Gerbe rang a shot off the near post. With 2:47 to go in the period and Boston College on the power play, Curry made a trio of stops on the goal line, including Brian Boyle twice. After McCarthy was whistled for hitting from behind on the ensuing scrum, BU proceeded to kill off the 5-on-3 power play, with Curry again stoning Boyle point blank with just over a minute to go in the period.
The Eagles netted the equalizer 2:40 into the third when Anthony Aielloís point shot was partially deflected right to Gerbe, who beat Curry with a backhand shot over the glove. It was the first goal Curry had allowed in 115:16 of Beanpot play.
Boston College opened up the offense after the goal, outshooting the Terriers 13-4 in the third. BUís best chance in the period came with 3:43 left in regulation when Kenny Rocheís backhander off a scrum in front hit off the post and bounced back out under Schneider, who finished with 24 saves. Benn Ferriero hit a post of his own in the closing seconds of the third when his wrister from behind the goal line went off both Curryís glove and the near post.
Boston University next faces league-leading New Hampshire on Friday night at 7:30 in a NESN Hockey East Friday Night telecast. Boston College hosts Maine for a two-game series this weekend.