Boston College defeats Boston University, 2-1

There's no truth to the rumor that Boston University is going to change its mascot from the terrier to the groundhog.

Not that it wouldn't make sense. No matter how its winter is going, BU's hockey team pops out of its hole in the ice during the first week in February and makes the Beanpot final.

Ten straight. Twenty of the last 21 and 37 of 41. Death, taxes, and the Commonwealth Canines playing for a silver dinner pail on the second Monday of the month. Bank on it.

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More than 50 years ago, the North End was rocked by the infamous Brink's robbery, when bandits stole more than $2 million. Last night, just a few hundred yards from the scene of that crime, Boston University goalie Sean Fields was pulling off his own brand of robbery, and making history as well.

The senior goalie from Edmonton, Alberta, made 50 saves in the Beanpot final, and even though his Terriers bowed to No. 1-ranked Boston College, 2-1, in overtime, he became the ...

With echoes from the previous evening still ringing in his ears, Boston College hockey coach Jerry York settled in yesterday morning to watch a videotape of the 52d Beanpot final. Everything he saw convinced him that he was correct to invoke "the 24-hour rule."

The Eagles' 2-1 overtime win over archrival Boston University - a game in which his club outshot the Terriers, 52-13, but needed a late Ty Hennes goal to tie it and one by Ryan Murphy to win it in OT - was to be ...

They have won the thing across six decades, in two arenas, during horrific blizzards, in winter thaws, with teams loaded with talent, and with teams hardly blanketed in greatness.

But never in Boston University coach Jack Parker's wildest imagination could he have envisioned winning a Beanpot by having his goaltender stand on his head, do handstands, and pull rabbits out of his water bottle. Yet, it almost happened last night because senior netminder Sean Fields (50 sav...

Four years ago, a pair of freshmen played prominent roles in the Beanpot - Ben Eaves for Boston College, Kenny Magowan for Boston University. They have gone on to become key members of their respective clubs, but they weren't able to face each other in a fourth straight Beanpot.

Eaves (fractured left kneecap) and Magowan (injured right knee) both sat out last night's title game, just as they had the first-round affairs. Magowan, thus, will be able to say he had the edge...

He whiffed. Absolutely whiffed. Here it was, a tie game in overtime with bragging rights of the city on the line, and Boston College forward Ryan Murphy was in front of the net, lining up a point-blank backhand to vault himself into Beanpot lore.

"Every kid dreams of scoring a goal in overtime to win it," said Murphy.

But his backhand bid was not a game-winner. It wasn't a shot at all, because as he went to fire the puck, he missed it. Murphy can admit this now: He w...

Until the late-game goals, BU freshman Kenny Roche, from South Boston via St. Sebastian's, had been in line to share the spotlight with goaltender Sean Fields. It was Roche's goal just 3:30 into the game that was the difference until Ty Hennes tied it at 16:30 of the third and Ryan Murphy won it in overtime. "Our forecheck did a good job on the play," said Roche, giving credit to sophomore John Laliberte on his goal. Laliberte fought for control of the puck and dished it t...