BOSTON -- The experience of playing in the Beanpot
tournament was a major reason Justin Maiser chose to attend Boston
And once he got there, Maiser made all the difference for the
Maiser scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 1:12
remaining, to lead BU to a 5-3 victory over Northeastern in the
50th Beanpot championship game Monday night.
"The Beanpot was a factor in my decision to come to BU," said
Maiser, a freshman. "Growing up in Minnesota and hearing all the
hype from the East Coast made me want to play, and to win it is
The win gave the Terriers their seventh title in eight years,
and their 24th overall. Boston College beat Harvard 4-0 in the
consolation game earlier Monday.
"This was a fabulous Beanpot game," Terriers coach Jack Parker
said. "Northeastern is a great team that has given us problems all
year and to beat them for a third time and win this tournament
again is great."
Maiser, the tournament MVP, put Boston University (19-7-2) ahead
4-3 when the puck squirted to him during a scramble in front of the
net and he put a shot over Northeastern goalie Keni Gibson.
With Gibson on the bench, Northeastern (16-11-3) had two
point-blank scoring chances in the last 40 seconds, but couldn't
capitalize as the Huskies lost to the Terriers for the ninth
straight time in the tournament.
Jack Baker added an empty-net goal with 3 seconds left for the
With Boston University trailing 3-2, Mike Pandolfo stole the
puck when defenseman Jon Awe turned it over and beat Gibson at 3:54
of the third period. Pandolfo has scored four goals in four games
against the Huskies this season, and had four points in the
Terriers' two Beanpot games.
"Stuff happens," Huskies coach Bruce Crowder said. "(Awe) has
played some great games for us, but it could have happened to
anybody and he is a resilient kid."
Northeastern last won the tournament in 1988 and has the worst
Beanpot record among the four participants at 28-72 and is only
7-25 all-time against BU. Traditionally held on the first two
Mondays in February, the Beanpot matches Boston's four top college
Northeastern scored three unanswered goals over the last 7:17 of
the second period to take a 3-2 lead.
Chris Lynch scored two power-play goals in a span of 1:35 in the
second period, the second when he jammed in his own rebound at
14:18, to tie the game at 2-2.
Jim Fahey's slap shot from the left faceoff circle beat Sean
Fields with 10 seconds left in the period to make it 3-2. Fahey,
who also added an assist, is the top scoring defenseman in the
nation and leads the team with 38 points.
BU took a 1-0 lead with 12:08 left in the first period when
Maiser scored through Gibson's pads, and Ryan Whitney's backhander
at 4:47 of the second made it 2-0.
In the consolation game, Matti Kaltiainen recorded his first
career shutout, and Tony Voce and Ben Eaves scored first-period
goals to lead Boston College.
Kaltiainen made 23 saves for Boston College (15-13-2), who shut
out Harvard for the second time this season.
Harvard (10-10-3) has lost eight of its last nine Beanpot games
and last won the championship in 1993. Will Crothers made 21 saves
for the Crimson.
Anthony D'Arpino scored his first goal of the season, and Bill
Cass capped the scoring for the Eagles.