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Since 1918, the Boston College Eagles and the Boston University Terriers have participated in numerous bloodbaths on the ice. This year was no different, from the start of the game BU senior Ahti Oksanen and BC freshman Miles Wood began to shove each other as soon as the puck dropped. As both teams were coming into this game 6-0 within their last six games, the fans knew this was going to be a high energy game.
The first half of the first period was dominated by the Eagles high energy, dominating the Terriers with shots on goal, however, BU goalie Sean Maguire would not allow BC to capitalize on any of their shots. With 10:23 left in the first period Sean Maguire made his eleventh save of the game, but he could not save the lights from going out. A power outage at TD Garden lasted for almost minutes in the middle of the first period, but it didn’t stop either team’s physicality when the game resumed. BC continued their offensive fire show against Sean Maguire, but he was like a brick wall, nothing was going to get passed him. At the end of the first period the score was tied at zero and BC was leading BU 23-12 with shots on goal.
The second period started off with a bang. Terriers freshman Jordan Greenway dove for a rebound and slid into Boston College’s goalie Thatcher Demko, causing a fight to break out between Greenway and BC’s freshman, Casey Fitzgerald that had to be broken up by the referees. Both goalies were like brick walls in this game, not letting a single was shot go by. BC continued to pass through BU’s defense easily, setting up quality shots on goal, but BU came back at them with extremely bone-cracking defense, putting their bodies on the line when they crashed into the boards. There was bad blood boiling as BU was once again outshot 9-8 in the period, but Maguire was keeping their hopes alive. As the sweat dripped off of everyone’s faces, they knew this period was going to be a battle, one that would live in Beanpot history forever.
The third period began just like the rest of them; BC’s Teddy Doherty got out on a breakaway, but the brick wall stopped him quickly. The defense began to both breakdown as breakaways became more prevalent. Casey Fitzgerald skated down the ice like a bullet and was stopped in his tracks by Maguire, but ran into him. Although BU tried to capitalize on a breakaway of their own by Greenway, Demko stopped the shot and was speared in the process. Oddly enough there was no penalty for Greenway’s hit on Demko, however this only energized both sides and the blood battle continued. There had never been a 1-0 win ever in Beanpot history, but as the closing seconds of the third period came and went, both teams knew history was knocking on the door. The question was who would answer it.
As the overtime period began BC came out strong as they did all game, hitting their spots and getting shots on goal. Just 1:57 into the overtime period BC forward Alex Tuch unleashed a bullet from the high slot and it zipped right past the blocker side of Maguire, sealing the win for Boston College and the Eagles’ 20th Beanpot championship. Despite picking up the loss, Maguire made 41 stops and won the MVP award for the tournament. This might not be the last we see of the Eagles and Terriers this season, as they could meet again in the Hockey East or NCAA tournament, but for now, Boston College own the title as best in Boston.
Trevor Nataupsky ’19 is a sports writer for The Hub. He can be followed on Twitter at @TheBigTuna511.