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Arnold’s OT Winner Lifts Eagles to 3-2 Beanpot Win

Tommy Cross lifts Beanpot (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

With 6.4 seconds remaining in the extra session, Boston College (19-10-1) sophomore forward Bill Arnold roofed a shot from the right slot, beating Boston University (17-10-1) senior goaltender Kieran Millan for a dramatic 3-2 overtime win in the 60th installment of the Beanpot at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

The game was brilliantly played throughout, with exciting back-and-forth play complemented by excellent netminding, timely goals, and well-executed special teams play in front of a sold out crowd of 17,565.

After a BU rush resulted in a turnover as time was expiring in overtime, senior forward Barry Almeida gained possession, passed the puck to junior Steven Whitney, who dropped a pass to Arnold for the winning tally.

The Eagles controlled possession throughout the game, out shooting BU 47-34.  Junior goalie Parker Millner turned away 32 of 34 shots. Millan was stoic in defeat however, stopping 45 of 47 shots and claiming the Elerby Award for the Tournament’s best save percentage at .948.

Special teams also played a major role throughout with BU going 2-6 on the man advantage and BC converting on 1-7 powerplay opportunities. The Eagles also registered an  shorthanded goal to take a 1-0 lead in the first.

The Eagles took the early advantage 8:54 into the contest when Pat Mullane corralled a Chris Kreider pass in the left circle, sneaking it past Millan for a shorthanded tally. BC freshman forward Quinn Smith was whistled for boarding 7:38 into the game, and after the Terriers controlled the puck with the man advantage, Kreider gained possession of the puck and fed Mullane, who did the rest for the first goal of the game.

The contest remained 1-0 for the next 27 minutes until sophomore Garrett Noonan equalized the contest on the power play with 4:49 remaining in the second stanza. Noonan’s rifle from the left circle was aided by helpers from sophomore Matt Nieto and junior Alex Chiasson. Boston University was given the man advantage after senior Paul Carey was nabbed for hitting from behind with 6:23 left in the second to set up the scoring opportunity.

BC did not allow the game to remain tied for long however, as Kreider lit the lamp three-and-a-half minutes later to regain control at 2-1. Boston College was able to set up their power play after Sean Escobedo’s infraction for cross checking gave the Eagles the man advantage. Kreider and the Eagles’ attack wasted no time, scoring 30 seconds later on a Johnny Gaudreau centering feed to Kreider in the slot, who snuck it past Millan.

Tense back-and-forth play dominated the final frame of regulation, but a pair of Boston College penalties 13 seconds apart gave the Terriers a critical 5-on-3 advantage. Boston University capitalized on the opportunity when Noonan recorded his second tally of the game to once again tie the game with 12:48 remaining. Adam Clandestine held the puck, and fired a pass to Noonan who redirected it past Millner on the doorstep to tie the game.

Johnny Gaudreau named MVP for Boston College with two goals and two assists in the tournament.

In the earlier consolation match, the Harvard Crimson edged the Northeastern Huskies 3-2 to win the third-place game.

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