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"Maybe Next Year"

It’s all over; the Boston University Terriers are your Beanpot champions for the fourth time in five years and the 29th time overall.

Kieran Millan now boasts the best start of any rookie goaltender in BU history at 18-1-1, passing current Boston University women’s head coach Brian Durocher.

The Eberly Award for highest save percentage goes to NU goalie Brad Thiessen, who would without a doubt prefer to be somewhere else right now. The backstop made 74 saves on 80 shots in his 120 minutes of work.

Tournament MVP goes to Terrier sophomore center Nick Bonino, who scored three goals in the tournament, including the game-winner tonight.

Classy of all to cheer the award-winners. This year’s Beanpot had its ups and downs, but in the end it was what it always is: great hockey, plain and simple.

Final Thoughts

.. from the peanut gallery, that is.

BU fans: “who’s your daddy”, as BU now two wins against the Huskies in two tries this year. “Hey hey hey, goodbye” of course … NU is standing proud, cheering hard for their boys despite the deficit. “North-Eastern” reverberated as loudly as it did in the first period, as did their “let’s go Huskies”.

It’s good to see such a devoted fan base ignore the temptation of bitter responses. This Husky team still has a lot to be proud of, and even more potential to realize.

There’s the “1988″ from the Dog Pound (BU) … the last time the Huntington Hounds hoisted the ‘Pot.

At least the Dog House (NU) has a sense of humor. Its counter-argument?

“1988″.

War Song

Freshman David Warsofsky nipped up Brandon Yip’s blocked shot, flew down the right-wing boards in a shorthanded two-on-one with defensive linemate Eric Gryba. Gryba was just enough of a distraction to Brad Thiessen, as Warsofsky snapped the puck right by the goaler for the 4-2 lead …

Hobey Baker candidate Colin Wilson piled on, ripping it by Thiessen moments later for the kill shot. 5-2 Terriers, BU on the power play with 4:28 to go.

Barring a monumental comeback, the win will give BU an undefeated non-conference record and its 29th Beanpot title … far and away the most of the four participants.

PIM Pereira

Boston University’s most penalized player did what he does best. Joe Pereira, the fourth-line winger, took a conspicuous and unnecessary neutral-zone hack, earning a two-minute seat all by his lonesome with seven minutes to play in a one-goal game.

Let’s see how much playing time he gets next week.

End of the PP

Joe Vitale had another shot at a breakaway, perhaps, but he elected to dump and call on fresher legs.

7:42 on the clock, BU has 31 shots to NU’s 23. In fact, the Huskies had the first nine shots of the period … BU had the next eight, and 12 of the following 13. The CommAve Canines ain’t playin’ no trap-hockey, that’s for sure.

Vitale Sweeps …

… but Millan cleans up, denying Northeastern’s deceptive senior the five-hole goal. Vitale beat highly touted defenseman Matt Gilroy to the outside, sweeping in across the goal line and looking for the gap.

Back down the other way, NU’s Mike Hewkin is whistled for interference. BU goes to the power play with just under ten minutes to play.

Matching Minors

Silva (NU) and Higgins (BU) off for hitting after the whistle. Four-on-four, NHL overtime style.

Huskies break in on a three-on-two rush, but a lightning-quick Millan poke-check on Strathman drew a roar from the Terrier corner of the Garden.

A couple quick turnovers, a couple few gasps … all part of the fabric of this one. 10:57, faceoff once more to Thiessen’s left.

The Duration

BU escapes the 5×3, but not without a few heart-in-throat moments including a couple bury-the-crease rushes a near-miss on a cross-crease feed.

The entire power play has now expired. The Huskies have got to be feeling the pressure now, but they’re still playing as though they’ve got a pack of wild dogs on their tails.

… or do they?

Kevin Shattenkirk just threw a dandy little hip-check at the Northeastern blue line, lateralizing Chris Donovan. Dog House (NU) wanted the penalty, but it was clean … the Dog Pound (BU) revels in the moment with the devious little ditty, “you got Shat on”.

15:31, faceoff to Thiessen’s left and the teams even at five a side.

History's Say

Well, recent history at least: BU is 17-0-0 when leading after two this season; Northeastern is 1-5-0 when trailing.

Right off the bat, Silva gets a Grade-A chance with a low-slot rebound, traffic, and a down-and-out goalie … but the puck hit something, somewhere, and the Terriers cleared the zone.

Seconds later, Terrier defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk got called for a cross-check, putting the Huskies on a :45 5×3.

Head coach Greg Cronin realizes the gravity of the situation, and calls his timeout.

19 minutes left; an instant classic in the making.

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