Beanpot 2012: Bill Arnold, Boston College Defeat Boston University, 3-2, In OT Of Championship Game

Bill Arnold's goal with 6.4 seconds left in overtime gave the Boston College Eagles a 3-2 victory over the rival Boston University Terriers in the 2012 Beanpot title game Monday night. Harvard beat Northeastern, 3-2, in the consolation game.

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Beanpot 2012: Boston College Puts Bow On Another Great Beanpot

BOSTON - One of the most unique events in all of sports did not disappoint, as the 2012 Beanpot came to an end on Monday night following a thrilling 3-2 victory for the Boston College Eagles over the Boston University Terriers in the championship game.

"For the last few years, people have been talking about if the Beanpot had lost it's luster, how are the crowds, you know, where is college hockey in the Boston area. Tonight was a statement" said Eagles head coach Jerry York. "That place was jammed with fans of college hockey, whether they're associated with BU or BC, Harvard or Northeastern. I think the Beanpot is in good hands, it has been for a long time. It's going to continue, especially with that hockey game tonight."

Bill Arnold sent the TD Garden crowd into a frenzy (at least, the Boston College fans) when he scored the title-clinching goal with 6.4 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Eagles the championship -- their third in a row and fourth in the last five years. Boston College improved to 71-49 overall in Beanpot games and won its 17th championship.

Pat Mullane scored the first goal of the game (shorthanded) at 8:54 of the first period, assisted by Chris Kreider, putting Boston College up 1-0. Garrett Noonan tied the game with his power play goal at 15:11 of the second period, assisted by Matt Nieto and Alex Chiasson, but Kreider but the Eagles back up by a goal with his score at 18:42 of the period. Noonan scored again at 7:12 of the third period, which would be the last goal of the game before Arnold's game-winner. Kieran Millan (44 saves) and Parker Milner (32 saves) were outstanding all throughout the night for BU and BC, respectively.

"BU played an outstanding hockey game," said York. "That was college hockey at its finest. We're both ranked in the top five in the country, so we kind of expect that. And then there was the rivalry between the two schools. It all had the makings of a classic college hockey game, and it unfolded just like that. Of the five goals scored, the winning goal was the only five-on-five goal. It was hard to score, hard to get really terrific offensive chances five-on-five. Both teams really played [hard], and the power plays resulted in four goals there. I thought our club played extremely well."

In the consolation game, the Harvard Crimson fended off a pesky Northeastern Huskies squad, 3-2, to claim third place. Alex Killorn scored the first goal of the game (his 16th of the season) at 11:44 of the opening period. Robbie Vrolyk answered with a goal for Northeastern at 4:07 of the second period, tying the game at 1-1. Alex Fallstrom potted his 10th goal of the year to put Harvard back on top at 18:13 of the period, and the Crimson led 2-1 through two periods. Luke Greiner's shorthanded goal at 13:44 of the third period put the nail in the coffin for the Crimson, but Luke Eibler scored a goal at 14:07 of the final period for Northeastern. Alas, it was far too late, and the Huskies fell just short.

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BC 3, BU 2 (OT): Bill Arnold Leads Eagles To Beanpot Championship

BOSTON - Was there any other way to end it? Boston College and Boston University met for the 21st time in the championship game of the 2012 Beanpot on Monday night at TD Garden, and it went exactly how you would think.

Blowout? Of course not. Dull game? Not on your life. Instead, the Eagles and Terriers did what just about everybody expected them to do: put on a thriller. Naturally, three periods weren't enough to settle this game. Overtime? You bet.

And when all was said and done, it was the Eagles who came out on top. Once again.

Bill Arnold was the hero for the Eagles, scoring the game-winning goal with 6.4 seconds left in overtime to lead BC past the Terriers, 3-2, to claim the 2012 Beanpot championship -- their third straight and fourth out of the last five years.

Johnny Gaudreau, who had a pair of goals in the Eagles' semifinal win and had one assist on Monday, was named the MVP of the tournament. Kieran Millan, the Terriers' netminder, was named the goaltender of the tournament.

The victory gave Boston College its 17th championship in the Beanpot, and the Eagles improved to 71-49 overall in the storied tournament. Boston University, meanwhile, fell to 85-35 in the Beanpot and finished second for the 20th time.

Pat Mullane put the Eagles on the scoreboard first as he held the puck just long enough to slip it past Millan at 8:54 of the opening period. Mullane's goal was his fourth of the year and was assisted by Chris Kreider (16).

The lead would hold through the end of the period, but Garrett Noonan had his first of two goals on a power play at 15:11 of the second period, assisted by Matt Nieto (19) and Alex Chiasson (19), to knot the score at one goal apiece. Kreider answered with his 19th score of the year on an assist from Gaudreau (12) at 18:42 of the middle period, putting BC back on top, 2-1.

Noonan stuck again for his 11th goal at 7:12 of the third period, tying the game for Boston University at 2-2. Noonan's goal came at 7:12 of the period on a power play and was assisted by Adam Clendening (23) and Chiasson (20).

Millan stopped 44 pucks and was nothing short of outstanding in overtime, but he couldn't hold off Arnold at the end. Parker Milner had 32 saves on 34 shots and also played a fantastic game in between the pipes for Boston College.

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Beanpot 2012, BC Vs. BU: Chris Kreider Keeps BC Up 2-1 After Two

BOSTON - Boston University finally found a way to solve Parker Milner, who had been perfect in net for Boston College, but Chris Kreider put one past Kieran Millan and the Eagles took a 2-1 lead over the Terriers into the third period in the championship game of the 20120 Beanpot on Monday night at TD Garden.

Kreider's goal came on a 5-on-3 power play and was his 19th of the season, assisted by Johnny Gaudreau (12) at 18:42 of the second period. Garrett Noonan scored his 10th goal of the campaign to tie the game at 1-1 for Boston University (assisted by Matt Nieto (10) and Alex Chiasson (19)) at 15:11 of the middle period.

Milner and Millan have been stellar for most of the game. Milner has allowed just the one goal and has 17 saves while Millan has had double-digit saves in both periods (15 and 12, respectively) and has 27 for the game.

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Beanpot 2012, BC Vs. BU: Pat Mullane, Eagles Lead 1-0 After First

BOSTON - Pat Mullane took advantage of his man and held the puck just long enough to send a wrister past Boston University goaltender Kieran Millan and the Boston College Eagles lead 1-0 after one period in the championship game on Monday night at TD Garden.

Mullane's goal was shotrhanded and was assisted by Chris Kreider (16) at 8:54 of the opening period. The goal was Mullane's fourth of the season and appeared to give the Eagles a huge momentum boost, as BC finished the period with a 16-9 advantage in shots over BU.

Parker Milner was pristine in net for the Eagles, turning away all nine shots he faced while making several big stops. Millan had a strong period for the Terriers in net, despite allowing one goal, as he racked up 15 saves in the first period.

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Beanpot 2012, Northeastern Vs. Harvard: Crimson Prevail, 3-2, In Consolation Game

BOSTON - Luke Greiner scored the eventual game-winning goal in the third period as the Harvard Crimson hung on for a 3-2 victory against the Northeastern Huskies in the consolation game of the 2012 Beanpot tournament on Monday night at TD Garden in Boston, MA.

Greiner's strike came at 13:44 of the third period (short-handed) and was assisted by Colin Moore (1) and Max Everson (3), giving the Crimson a 3-1 lead at the time. Harvard's first goal came off the stick of the team's leading scorer, Alex Killorn, who netted his 16th goal of the season (even strength) at 11:44 of the first period. Killorn's goal was assisted by Tommy O'Regan (3) and Ryan Grimshaw (6). Alex Fallstrom scored his 10th goal at 18:13 of the second for Harvard.

Robbie Vrolyk (5) scored the Huskies' first goal of the game at 4:07, assisted by Alex Tuckerman (6) and Luke Eibler (5). Eibler scored his first goal of the season at 14:07 of the third period, but it was too little, too late for Northeastern.

Steve Michalek had 24 saves, including 10 in the second period, for Harvard while Clay Witt stopped 36 shots for the Huskies and recorded double-digit saves in all three periods.

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Beanpot 2012, Northeastern Vs. Harvard: Crimson Lead 2-1 After Two

BOSTON - Northeastern knotted the score early in the second period, but Harvard added its second goal of the game as the Crimson took a 2-1 lead over the Huskies through two periods in the consolation game of the 2012 Beanpot on Monday night at TD Garden in Boston, MA.

Robbie Vrolyk potted his fifth goal of the year (even strength) at 4:07 of the middle period for Northeastern, tying the game 1-1. Alex Tuckerman (6) and Luke Eibler (5) had the assists on Vrolyk's goal. Alex Fallstrom scored his 10th goal (even strength) to give the Crimson a 2-1 lead at 18:13 of the period. Tommy O'Regan (4) and Dan Ford (21) had the assists.

Steve Michalek had 10 saves in the second period for Harvard and is up to 16 stops for the game. Clay Witt had 14 saves in the second and now has 25 stops for the game for Northeastern.

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Beanpot 2012, Northeastern Vs. Harvard: Crimson Up 1-0 After First

BOSTON - Alex Killorn's goal in the first period was the lone goal for either team in the opening period as the Harvard Crimson took a 1-0 lead over the Northeastern Huskies heading into the first intermission of the consolation game of the 2012 Beanpot tournament on Monday night at TD Garden.

Killorn's strike was an even-strength goal and came at 11:44 of the period. It was Killorn's team-leading 16th goal of the season and was assisted by Tommy O'Regan (3) and Ryan Grimshaw (6). Prior to the goal, the Crimson had several strong opportunities, both of which resulted in near misses that clanged off the Northeastern post.

Steve Michalek stopped all six shots he faced in the period for Harvard while Clay Witt had 11 saves on 12 shots in the first 20 minutes for Northeastern. The Crimson doubled up the Huskies in shots, 12-6.

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Beanpot 2012, BC Vs. BU: Eagles, Terriers Face Off In Title Game

It's go time. Boston College and Boston University will face off for the 21st time in the championship game of the 2012 Beanpot at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Monday night at TD Garden in Boston, MA (TV/Radio: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).

Boston College and Boston University are meeting for the 258th time in the history of the two storied programs. The Terriers own a 127-113-17 in the all-time series, but the Eagles are 34-36-8 under legendary head coach Jerry York.

The Eagles defeated the Northeastern Huskies, 7-1, in a rematch of last year's Beanpot championship game in the semifinal round last Monday. Paul Carey, Johnny Gaudreau and Steven Whitney all scored two goals and Parker Milner turned away 22 shots in net while Chris Rawlings allowed three goals in 14 minutes in the loss for Northeastern.

Boston University, meanwhile, had a much closer game in its Beanpot semifinal. The Terriers were carried by a stellar performance from goalie Kieran Millan, who stopped 29 shots. Wade Megan potted two goals in the victory for BU.

The Terriers' own a far better record than anyone else in Beanpot play at 85-34 overall. Boston College has the second best all-time victory, as the Eagles are 70-49 in their Beanpot games. The Terriers are 12-8 against the Eagles in the championship game, and BU holds a 27-13 record against BC in 40 meetings between the two school in the Beanpot.

Both schools had one game in between Beanpot games. One fared well, the other didn't. Boston College continued its winning ways by flattening Vermont, 6-1, on Friday behind a pair of goals for Chris Kreider, Johnny Gaudreau and 21 saves -- including 11 in the third period -- for Miler. Boston College improved to 18-10-1 and 13-7-1 in Hockey East.

BU wasn't as lucky. UMass-Amherst upset the top-ranked Terriers, 3-2, on Friday. Chris Connolly and Alex Chiasson scored the goals for the Terriers and Kieran Millan had 18 saves, 16 of which came in the third period.

Once again, it all comes down to the two biggest rivals: BC and BU. Just how it should be.

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Beanpot 2012, Harvard Vs. Northeastern: Crimson, Huskies Meet In Consolation Game

Harvard and Northeastern couldn't get the job done in the semifinal round of the 2012 Beanpot, but the two will go face to face as they try to clinch third place in the tournament as they meet in the consolation game at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Monday night at TD Garden in Boston, MA (TV/Radio: NESN/95.3 FM).

The Crimson and Huskies have met 97 times, with Harvard leading the series 64-33-0. However, the Huskies are riding a three-game winning streak against the Huskies. The last win for Harvard came on Feb. 4, 2008, ironically, in the semifinal round of the Beanpot at TD Banknorth Garden. Northeastern's last win came on Feb. 14, 2011 -- a 4-0 Huskies rout.

Harvard lost to Boston University, 3-1, in the semifinal round of the Beanpot last Monday. Alex Killorn lit the lamp for the only Crimson goal while goaltender Steve Michalek had 14 saves before being pulled for Raphael Girard, who had eight saves in the loss. The Crimson, who have won 10 Beanpot titles and have finished third 14 times, are now 49-70 in the Beanpot.

Northeastern, meanwhile, was shellacked by Boston College, 7-1, in its Beanpot opener. Anthony Beitetto had the only goal of the game for the Huskies on a 5-on-3 power play midway through the first period. Chris Rawlings had 16 saves in two periods and was replaced by Clay Witt, who made 15 stops, all of which came in the third period or Northeastern. The Huskies have only won four Beanpot titles, have finished third 16 times and are a tournament-worst 34-85 overall.

Both teams played one game each in between Beanpot games. The Huskies fell to the University of New Hampshire, 3-2, on Friday. Robbie Vrolyk scored his fourth goal of the season, and the first of the game, while Mike McLaughlin scored the Huskies second and final goal in the third period. Rawlings had 28 saves while allowing three goals.

The Crimson are coming off a 2-2 tie against Rensselaer on Friday. Alex Fallstrom and Luke Grenier scored the only goals of the game for Harvard, which got a 27-save performance from Girard in the draw.

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Beanpot 2012: Boston College, Boston University Highlight Final Day

One down, one to go. Boston College and Boston University did their parts, winning in the semifinal round of the 2012 Beanpot on Monday, February 6 at TD Garden to set up another date in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Monday evening (NESN).

BC and BU have met 258 times in their storied histories, with the Terriers holding a 127-113-17 advantage. Under head coach Jerry York, the Eagles have fared a little beter, compiling a 34-38-6 record. Monday's game between the Eagles and Terriers marks the 41st time the two teams in the Beanpot. BU has a 27-13 record against BC in the tournament.

The Eagles are riding a hot-streak against the Terriers in the Beanpot, having won three consecutive meetings. In the championship game of the tournament, BU holds a 12-8 advantage, but the Eagles' senior class is 2-0 against the Terriers in the Beanpot. Overall, the Eagles have a 70-49 record in the Beanpot while the Terriers have an 85-34 record.

Meanwhile, the Harvard Crimson and Northeastern Huskies will do battle in the consolation game with third place on the line. The Crimson are 49-70 all-time in the Beanpot while the Huskies are 34-85. Harvard and Northeastern bost lost their semifinal games against Boston University and Boston College, respectively. Puck drop is at 4:30 p.m. EDT (NESN).

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Beanpot 2012: Boston College, Boston University To Meet In Final

BOSTON - It's Boston College and Boston University, which is exactly the way it should be. BC and BU both won their semifinal games in the opening round of the 2012 Beanpot on Monday night at TD Garden, setting up the 21st showdown between the Eagles and Terriers in the Beanpot's championship game. BU is 12-8 all-time against BC in the title game.

"Every Beanpot final is just as exciting, [but] playing BU is a little bit of a bonus," said Eagles junior forward Steven Whitney, who had a pair of goals in Boston College's win on Monday. "The past two years have been fun. I know this year is going to be just as intense and even more fun because it's BU."

The Eagles have won the last two Beanpot titles, winning 7-6 in overtime against Northeastern last season and beating the Terriers, 4-3, the year before. BC is seeking its fourth Beanpot championship in five seasons and 17th overall. As for BU, it is looking for its first Beanpot title since the 2008-09 season, when it bested Northeastern 5-2. The Terriers have won a record 29 championships and are now 85-34.

Boston College (17-10-1) heads to the title game after obliterating Northeastern, 7-1, in the second semifinal game on Monday at TD Garden. The seven goals matched the Eagles' offensive output against the Huskies in their last Beanpot meeting, which came in the championship game one year ago. Also, BC's seven goals tied a Beanpot record for most goals in a semifinal game. Paul Carey, Johnny Gaudreau and Whitney all scored two goals.

"I thought the first period, certainly, Northeastern had the edge in play," said Boston College head coach Jerry York. "We were back on our heels a little bit and were very fortunate to come out of that [up] 2-1. They scored a really well executed 5-on-3 goal on us. I thought our team came out and did very well in the second and third period."

Boston University (17-8-1), meanwhile, punched its ticket to the championship game with a 3-1 win over the Harvard Crimson in the first game of the tournament. Matt Nieto scored the game's first goal (and his 11th goal of the season) in the first period and Wade Megan potted two goals, both in the second period, to account for the Terriers' scoring. Alex Killorn had the only goal for Harvard on a power play near the end of the middle period.

"First of all, I don't think either team played their best game tonight," said Boston University head coach Jack Parker (via USCHO.com). "Neither team seemed to be that engaged. There were some good plays and some nice goals scored, and Harvard stormed us in the last few minutes, but in general, it was a sleepwalk."

The championship game will be the one that draws the most attention on the final day of the Beanpot next Monday (7:30 p.m. EDT), as it should be, but Harvard and Northeastern will also meet earlier in the day in the consolation game, which begins at 4:30 p.m. Similar to the semifinals, NESN will televise both Beanpot games this coming Monday.

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Beanpot 2012, BC Vs. Northeastern: Eagles Decimate Huskies, 7-1

BOSTON - Boston College let Northeastern hang around for one period, carrying a one goal lead into the second, but the Eagles erupted for four goals in the final two periods to complete a rout of the Huskies, 6-1, in the semifinal round of the 2012 Beanpot on Monday night at TD Garden.

Boston College will face Boston University, which defeated Harvard 3-1 in its semifinal game, in the Beanpot championship game next Monday night at 7:30 p.m. EDT (NESN). Northeastern, meanwhile, will play Harvard in the consolation game at 4:30 p.m. EDT (NESN).

Paul Carey scored the game's first goal at 5:14 of the opening period. Carey's goal was his eighth of the season and was assisted by Johnny Gaudreau (10) and Pat Mullane (19). Gaudreau added his first goal of the night at 9:43 of the same period (unassisted, shorthanded), putting BC up by two goals early.

Anthony Beitetto accounted for the Huskies' only goal of the night, scoring with a 5-on-3 advantage at 12:34 of the first. The power play goal was assisted by Ludwig Karlsson (15) and Garrett Vermeersch (12), cutting the BC lead to one goal.

In the second period, the Eagles put three goals on the board. Steven Whitney scored twice, once at 6:51 (assisted by Barry Almeida (9) and Patch Alber (6)) and again at 13:11 (unassisted). Meanwhile, Gaudreau netted his second and final goal at 8:58 (assisted by Alber (7) and Pat Mullane (20)).

Almeida scored his 17th goal at 8:47 of the third period (assisted by Brian Dumolin (18) and Whitney (13)). Carey capped off the scoring with his eight tally of the campaign, assisted by Isaac MacLeod (4) and Edwin Shea (4)) to complete the monster victory for the Eagles.

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Beanpot 2012, BC Vs. Northeastern: Eagles Rolling, 5-1, After Second

BOSTON - Steven Whitney scored a pair of goals and Johnny Gaudreau potted his second goal of the night as the Boston College Eagles are cruising after two periods, leading the Northeastern Huskies, 5-1, in the semifinal round of the Beanpot at TD Garden.

Whitney's first score was shorthanded and came at 6:51 of the period, assisted by Barry Almeida (9) and Patch Alber (6), putting the Eagles up 3-1. Johnny Gaudreau added a goal, his second of the game and 11th of the season, on assists from Alber (7) and Pat Mullane (9), at 8:58 of the period. Whitney's second goal, his 10th of the season, was also a shorthanded goal and was unassisted at 13:11 of the second, giving the Eagles their four goal lead after two periods.

Parker Milner had six saves in the period and is now up to 15 for the game for Boston College while Chris Rawlings had 11 saves in the middle period and now has 24 for the game.

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Beanpot 2012, BC Vs. Northeastern: Eagles Lead 2-1 After First Period

BOSTON - Boston College struck twice in the early stages of the first period, and the Eagles hold a 2-1 lead over the Northeastern Huskies after one period in the semifinal round of the 2012 Beanpot Tournament here at TD Garden.

Boston College struck first, with the Eagles scoring first on Paul Carey's strike. Carey's goal, his eighth of the season, came on assists from Johnny Gaudreau (10) and Pat Mullane (19) at 5:14 of the opening period. Johnny Gaudreau found the back of the net for the 10th time this season, unassisted, at 9:43 of the first to give the Eagles an early 2-0 lead.

The Huskies scored their first goal of the game on Anthony Bitetto's fourth strike of the year at 12:34 on a 5-on-3 advantage following penalties to Steven Whitney and Chris Kreider, trimming Northeastern's deficit to one goal.

Parker Milner stopped nine shots in the first period for BC while Chris Rawlings had 13 saves for the Huskies. Boston College had 15 shots on net in the opening period while Northeastern registered 10.

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Beanpot 2012: Boston University Defeats Harvard, 3-1, In Semifinals

BOSTON - Wade Megan scored two goals in the second period to lead the No.1/3 ranked Boston University Terriers past the Harvard Crimson, 3-1, in the semifinal round of the 2012 Beanpot on Monday evening inside TD Garden.

Boston University's victory sets up a date with the winner of the Boston College Eagles and Northeastern Huskies, who will battle at 8:00 p.m. EDT in the second semifinal tilt, in the Beanpot Championship game next Monday at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Megan's first goal came at 7:30 of the middle period (assisted by Sean Escobedo and Sahir Gill) and his second strike came at 14:02 of the period, assisted by Gill, to put the Terriers on top 3-0. Alex Killorn, the Crimson's points leader, scored the only goal of the game for Harvard on a power play at 15:27 of the second period. Matt Nieto scored Boston University's first goal of the game at 8:14 of the opening period, assisted by both Alex Chiason and Escobedo.

Kieran Millan was solid in net, turning away 29 shots. Steve Michalek had 14 saves but was pulled in the second period for Raphael Girard, who totaled eight saves between the pipes for Harvard.

Harvard will face the loser of Boston College and Northeastern in the consolation game.

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Beanpot 2012: Boston University Leads Harvard, 3-1, After Second

BOSTON - Wade Megan scored twice in the middle period as the Boston University Terriers took a 3-1 lead over the Harvard Crimson through 40 minutes in the semifinal round of the 2012 Beanpot Tournament here at TD Garden.

Megan's first strike, a power play goal, came at 7:30 of the period, assisted by Sean Escobedo (8) and Sahir Gill (12). Megan's second goal, his 14th of the season, came at 14:02 of the period, assisted by Gill (13) to give BU a 3-0 lead.

Harvard's Alex Killorn put his team on the board with a power play goal, his 15th of the season, at 15:27, trimming the Crimson deficit to two goals. That lead would hold through the end of the period.

Kieran Millan had 10 saves in the period and is up to 19 for the game. Steve Michalek had six saves in the second period and has 14 for the game, but was pulled in favo of Raphael Girard, who recorded two stops in the period.

Harvard has 20 shots on goal through two periods while Boston University has 19.

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Beanpot 2012: Boston University Leads Harvard, 1-0, After First

BOSTON - Matt Nieto scored his 11th goal of the season as the Boston University Terriers jumped ahead of the Harvard Crimson, 1-0, after one period of play in the semifinal round of the 2012 Beanpot Tournament at TD Garden.

Nieto's goal was his 11th of the season and came at 8:14 of the opening period. The goal, an even strength strike, was assisted by Alex Chiasson and Sean Escobedo. Kieran Millan had nine saves in the opening period for the Terriers.

There were four penalties in the period, three for the Crimson and three for the Terriers. Both teams recorded nine on target shots in the period. Harvard's Steve Michalek turned away eight shots in the period in net. The Terriers had 20 total shots, seven of which were blocked by the Crimson defensemen. Harvard had 17 total attempted shots in the period.

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Beanpot 2012: Boston College, Northeastern Meet In Finals Rematch

One day after the New England Patriots and New York Giants met in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, the Boston College Eagles and Northeastern Huskies will meet in a rematch of their own in the semifinal round of the 2012 Beanpot tournament at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Monday night at TD Garden in Boston, MA (TV: NESN).

Boston College is the defending Beanpot champion and possesses a 69-49 all-time record in the Beanpot. The Eagles have appeared in 31 championship games, winning 16 of them. Last season, the Eagles edged rival Boston University, 3-2, in overtime of the tournament opener before besting Northeastern 7-6 in a thriller to claim the Beanpot title.

The Eagles (16-10-1, 12-7-1 HEA) hold a 29-8 advantage against the Huskies (11-11-3, 7-11-2 HEA) in the first round of the Beanpot, and Monday's game between the two schools marks the 41st time that the two schools will meet in the Beanpot. BC has a 31-9 lead in that series. In the overall series, the Eagles and Huskies have met 215 total times, with BC holding a 154-47-14 edge in the all-time series.

Under legendary head coach Jerry York, the Eagles have won five Beanpot championships while posting a 22-12 record. In 11 tournament championship games, Boston College has posted a 5-6 record under the guidance of York.

Boston College has defeated Northeastern three times this season by a margin of three goals (8-5). In the last two meetings, the Eagles posted 2-1 victories after winning 4-3 in overtime in the season series opener in late October.

Chris Kreider leads the Eagles with 30 points and is tied for the team lead in goals with 16. Kreider also has 14 assists. Barry Almeida has 16+8=24 and Bill Arnold has 12+11=23. Goalie Parker Milner has a2.39 goals against average (GAA) and a .904 save percentage in 17 games for BC.

Ludwig Karlsson has a team-leading 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) for Northeastern. Steve Quailer has 6+14=22 and Branden Pimm has 9+10=19 for the Huskies. Goaltender Chris Rawlings has a 2.51 GAA and a .922 save percentage.

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Beanpot 2012: Boston University Takes On Harvard In Opener

Boston University and Harvard will open the 2012 Beanpot tournament when the two school meet at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday night at TD Garden in Boston, MA (NESN). The game is a rematch of last year's Beanpot consolation game.

The Terriers have won a tournament record 29 championships while compiling a tournament-best 84-34 record since the Beanpot began back in 1952. The Terriers have appeared in a record 48 title games and have scored 548 goals while allowing a tournament-low 368 goals. Harvard is 49-69 overall with 10 championships in 25 title games.

Boston University is 16-8-1 overall this season and leads Hockey East with a 13-6-1 conference mark. The Terriers, who are ranked No. 3 in the nation in the latest USCHO.com Top 25 poll, have met the Crimson 144 times and own a 75-63-6 record in the all-time series. BU and Harvard met three weeks ago, with the Crimson jumping ahead 3-1 early but surrendering the lead as the Terriers came back to post a thrilling 4-3 victory in overtime on the road.

BU has three players tied for the team lead in points, with Alex Chiasson, Chris Connolly and Matt Nieto all owning 26 points. Megan leads the Terriers with 12 goals while Adam Clendening and Connolly are tied for the team lead in assists with 22 apierce. Goaltender Kieran Millan has a 2.50 goals against average (GAA) and a .923 save percentage for BU.

Harvard (7-6-9, 6-4-7 ECACHL) is led in points by Alex Killorn, who has 29. Killorn leads the team with 14 goals, seven power play goals, three game-winning goals and a totla of 108 shots. Steve Michaelk has a 3.02 GAA and a .900 save percentage in 21 game.

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Beanpot 2012: History And Overview Of The Beanpot Tournament

The Beanpot is one of the most storied and exciting traditions in all of New England sports. For two weekends in February, sports fans in the Hub take a break from following the Patriots, Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox to follow their favorite local college hockey teams as they battle for the prestigious Beanpot Championship.

Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern and Harvard are the four colleges that take part in the Beanpot, which is played annually on the first and second Mondays of the month of February. The tournament features a two-round format, with all four teams playing in a semifinal round before playing in either the championship or consolation game.

BU is the winningest program in Beanpot history, amassing an 84-34 all-time record while winning 29 championships. In addition, the Terriers have made 48 appearances in the championship game while scoring a tournament-best 197 goals. Boston University has finished second 19 times, third seven times and fourth only four times in its history.

Boston College, the defending Beanpot champion, has the second most wins in the tournament, compiling a 69-49 record while winning 16 championships. The Eagles have placed second 15 times, third 22 times and finished last six times. BC has appeared in 31 championship games, netting 103 goals, which is the second most in the tournament.

Harvard is 49-69 all-time and Northeastern is a tournament-worst 34-84 overall. The Crimson have 10 Beanpot titles, 15 second-place finishes, 14 third-place finishes and 20 last-place finishes. Meanwhile, the Huskies have just four Beanpot championships and have placed second 10 times, third 16 times and have come in last a grand total of 29 times.

The tournament began in 1952, with the first Beanpot being played at Boston Arena in December. However, the tournament was not played 1953. In 1954 and 1955, the tournament was held in January before being moved to the month of February in 1955, when it has been played every since (with the exception of 1978 due to the Blizzard).

Harvard was the winner of the first ever Beanpot in 1953, emerging with a 7-4 victory over Boston University in the championship game. BC owned the tournament's early days, though, winning eight of the first 13 titles. The Eagles won three straight titles from 1962-63 through 1964-65, but then Boston University began its reign of dominance.

The Terriers rattled off three straight Beanpot titles from the 1965-66 season through the 1967-68 campaign and went on to win seven of 11 titles spanning from 1965 through the 1978-79 season. BU once again dominated the 1990's, winning an impressive nine Beanpots from 1989-1990 through 1999-2000.

In recent years, Boston College has had a resurgence, winning four of the last eight tournaments. The last time a school other than BU or BC won the Beanpot was in the 1992-1993 season, when Harvard defeated Boston University.

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Beanpot 2012: Boston College Eagles Prepare To Defend Their Title

The 2012 Beanpot begins on Monday night, with two semifinal games being played between the Boston U. Terriers and the Harvard Crimson at 5 p.m. EDT and the Boston College Eagles and Northeastern Huskies at 8 p.m. at TD Garden.

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