Boston University defeats Boston College, 3-2

Tell them that the third time is a charm and the Terriers from Boston University will smile, then politely correct you.

The fourth time is where the charm lies, especially if it's in something called the Beanpot.

Vanquished in all three regular-season games against bitter rival Boston College, BU turned that frustration into a footnote last night before 17,565 at the FleetCenter, riding the scintillating play of junior goaltender Sean Fields to a 3-2 victory in the 51st...

In a sense, he is a throwback to what college athletics used to be about, before they became a billion-dollar feeder for professional sports. Maybe in those childhood days in Faribault, Minn., he embraced dreams of an NHL career, but not now. With graduation from Boston College some three months away, A.J. Walker can look you in the eye and put things in a perspective that is so often lost.

"This is it, hockey-wise," said Walker. "I've already accepted a job in North Ca...

If Boston College coach Jerry York and star forward Ben Eaves were oozing frustration following a 3-2 loss in last night's Beanpot final to Boston University, you didn't need a degree in Puckology to understand why.

The numbers were hair-pulling. The Eagles outshot the Terriers, 33-18, but were an awful 1 for 8 on the power play. Part of that was the MVP performance of BU goalie Sean Fields, who turned away some decent bids. But the other part was the Eagles' simple ina...

Proficient hockey players seldom slip past the collegiate recruiters, the national team selectors, and the professional scouts. Mark Mullen, though, had fallen through the cracks of the system before emerging recently among the standouts of a Boston University team that will meet Boston College in the Beanpot final tomorrow night.

''I would love to play in the NHL but I haven't given it a lot of thought,'' Mullen said last week. ''Once you get to this level, everyone, w...

There were 32 seconds left. Boston University coach Jack Parker called time out. All the players skated to their respective benches except for one. It was Terriers junior goalie Sean Fields.

Fields looked down at his skates. He had been tested many times, and BU was leading, 3-2.

Fields made another marvelous save, his 31st, to finish off Boston College and deliver a 25th Beanpot title to BU. Fields was named tournament MVP and also won the Eberly Award for having th...

Part of yesterday may have been spent buying stickers. That's because "there were an awful lot of blocked shots so we'll go through a lot of them, that's for sure," said Jack Parker.

Still possessive about the Beanpot, even in this, his 30th year of coaching, the Boston University icon used the offday to savor Monday night's 3-2 victory over Boston College. It was Parker's 17th championship in the mid-winter classic, BU's 25th in the 51 years of the Beanpot, and came ag...

The 31 saves made by Sean Fields? Easily a key to Boston University's 3-2 Beanpot triumph over Boston College last night at the FleetCenter.

But a shot he never got a chance to stop epitomized the team concept that Terrier coach Jack Parker had preached all week. With BC's power play torching them for six goals in three previous games, Parker did not want to see that aspect of the Eagles' game shine again, yet there it was. "Too many penalties again," said Parker.

Wi...