Sunday, February 7, 2016

BU-BC Battle Again For Beanpot

For the 22nd time in Beanpot history, BU and BC will square off on the second Monday in February and play for Boston bragging rights in the Championship. The last BU-BC final was in 2012. Boston College won with six seconds left in the first overtime on a Bill Arnold goal.
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Prior to that, the two teams met in 2010 with BC staving off a furious BU comeback in the third period to win 4-3. BU’s last title vs the Eagles was in 2007, a 2-1 overtime win off the stick of Brian McGuirk (Gif Above).

Boston College dropped Harvard in the early game last Monday. They scored two power play goals to overcome a 2-1 deficit entering the second frame. BU knocked off Northeastern 3-1 with goals from Robbie Baillargeon, Charlie McAvoy and Doyle Somerby.

Less than a month ago, BC took three of a possible four points from the Terriers in a home in home series. BU has not lost a game since that January 15th meeting at the Heights. In fact, BU currently has the longest winning streak in the nation at five games in a row. Boston College on the other hand, is unbeaten in their last nine games with ties against Providence, BU and UConn.

Currently, the Eagles sit in fourth in the PairWise. BU is at seventh.

Scouting the Eagles
Colin White continues to post impressive numbers in his freshman campaign. In 25 games played, the Hanover, Mass native has 35 points, 16 goals and 19 assists. His 16 goals are also best on the team. Ryan Fitzgerald is second in scoring with 31 points on 14 goals and 17 assists. In seven games against BU, Fitzgerald has four assists and four goals.

Other players to watch include Zach Sanford, Miles Wood, Austin Cangelosi and Ian McCoshen.

Between the pipes, Thatcher Demko has been as strong as ever. In 25 appearances, he has an 18-4-3 record, eight shutouts to go along with a .937 save percentage and a 1.71 goals against average. 

Out of Conference Common Opponents

Wisconsin 0, @ BC 6 (October 16)
Wisconsin 1, @ BU 4 (October 17)

Denver 3, @ BC 4 (October 30)
Denver 4, @ BU 5 (OT) (October 31)

BU 6, @ Harvard 5 (January 7)
BC 3, vs Harvard 2 (Beanpot semis) (February 1)

BU Notes
- Charlie McAvoy will be a “game-time decision” with a lower body injury, according to Mike Morrele via Twitter. McAvoy did not play on Friday night at UMass.

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