During Monday night’s Beanpot consolation game, Boston University suffered its worst Beanpot loss since 1989 to Harvard. The 7-4 loss marked The Terriers’ fifth fourth-place finish at the annual tournament. Boston University has quite a history with Harvard, with three of its five last-place finishes in the tournament coming at the hands of Harvard.
“There’s something that’s taken this team out of it, something that’s going on in the dressing room,” said BU coach Jack Parker. “I thought I had my thumb on it, and I do not, obviously, because we just can’t seem to get ourselves emotionally ready to play the way you have to play.”
For Boston University, the problem doesn’t begin or end with losing in the consolation game to a team that is in last place in the ECAC standings. It’s an ongoing problem that Parker can’t seem to pinpoint.
“We don’t have anywhere near the discipline and the focus and the attention to detail, especially on defense, that we need,” said a frustrated Parker. “I think we had all of those things first semester, but it’s almost like we threw a switch when we came back second semester and since then it’s been a lack of effort, lack of discipline penalty wise, lack of discipline positionally.”
In the championship game, Boston College won its fourth straight Beanpot title on Monday night, getting the best of the Northeastern Huskies with a 6-3 final. The Eagles (17-7-2) are the third team in the history of the tournament to four-peat.
Northeastern freshman Kevin Roy had a hat trick in the Huskies’ victory last Monday over Boston University and added a pair of goals against the Eagles, earning himself tournament MVP honors.
In addition to taking home the Beanpot trophy, the Eagles’ netminder Parker Milner took home the Eberly Award for his impressive goaltending in the tournament.
After a scoreless first period, BC game out strong and scored four times in the second, including two goals a minute and fifteen seconds apart. From there the Huskies tried to battle back, but the Eagles kept them at bay, scoring two more times in the third including Pat Mullane’s empty net goal to end the game.