Boston College defeated Boston University in the semifinal a week ago, 3-2, in overtime, and then edged Northeastern in an epic championship game Monday night, 7-6, also in overtime, to win the 2011 Beanpot -- they're second in a row and third in the past four years. So it's little surprise that the tournament's MVP is an Eagle: Chris Kreider.
Kreider, a sophomore winger, scored two goals and assisted on Jimmy Hayes's game-winner in championship win over Northeastern. But the MVP award was not what he cared about. He wanted the Beanpot.
"I wanted to get that Beanpot bad,'' he said. "I don't even know what the name of the [MVP trophy] was - I mean, I'm honored to get it, but you play so you can win the Beanpot.''
Kreider spoke of his game-winning assist -- and how it was never his plan.
"I was trying to pass, actually,'' Kreider said. "If I wanted to shoot it, I would have caught it and cocked it, but I was just trying to snap in the direction of Jim, because I saw him going hard to the net. I figured Jim's going to snap on the net because that's what Jimmy does.''
It was BC's 16th Beanpot win all-time.