Monday, February 23, 2015

The Beanpot Comes Home! --UPDATED

Junior captain Matt Grzelcyk's 40-foot wrist shot at 51 seconds of overtime gave the Terriers the 2015 Beanpot Championship with a 4-3 win over Northeastern. The goal, his second of the game, came seconds into a power play and earned the Charlestown native the Beanpot MVP Award. 

Number 20 is Number 30.' 

The #3-ranked Terriers’ 20th win of the season delivered the record  30th Beanpot Championship for BU, ending a six year wait for the Terriers and Terrier Nation. 

BU carried a 3-1 lead into the final period on the strength of goals by junior Mike Moran two minutes into the game and second period goals by sophomore Robbie Baillargeon and Grzelcyk. But with eleven minutes left in regulation, the Huskies narrowed the margin on a slick rush and snap shot by Kevin Roy. Then NU’s Darren Dariou scored from a goal-mouth scramble to knot the score at three apiece.

Off the draw in overtime, freshman Jack Eichel sped into the offensive zone and found linemate Danny O'Regan going to the crease where he drew a penalty putting BU on the power play. From a five-man scrum along the right-side boards, the puck squirted over to senior Evan Rodrigues who quickly slid the puck to Grzelcyk. Using a Husky defender as a screen, the captain beat goalie Clay Witt high to the stick side. 
Rodrigues: “We just told ourselves we weren’t gonna lose. BU hasn’t won a Beanpot in way too long, and we weren’t going out without a Beanpot in our career, and we told each other that we were gonna make it happen.”

Grzelcyk is BU’s first Beanpot MVP since Bonino in 2009. 

After not registering a goal in BU's first 23 games, the Terrier captain has scored seven times in the last eight games. 

With an assist on the game-winner, Eichel becomes the first BU player to score 50 points in a season since Colin Wilson (55) and Nick Bonino (50) in 08-09. He also became the first freshman to reach the half-century mark since Tony Amonte rang up 58 in 1989-90.

BU has appeared in 50 of the 63 Beanpot championship games.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Coach David Quinn, Grzelcyk, Rodrigues
● USCHO recap and analysis
WEEI College Blog recap
● SB Nation recap
● Boston Herald recap
● Boston Globe recap
ESPN recap 
BU Today recap

Looking ahead
Photo credit Tom Sorensen
2015 recruit Jordan Greenway scored a goal and added two assists as the NTDP U18s thumped the NAHL All-Stars, 9-2. Fellow 2015 recruit Charlie McAvoy also had a goal for the U18s.

Looking back
Former BU co-captain John McCarthy scored his eighth goal of the season as Worcester blanked Manchester 3-0 in AHL action.

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