Beanpot: BC blasts Harvard
|02.01.10 at 7:53 pm ET|
Boston College advanced to its 30th Beanpot championship game with a 6-0 win over Harvard on Monday night at TD Garden. The Eagles had six different goal scorers and netted three power play goals in 11 chances on the night in what turned into a chippy game.
The Eagles (14-8-2) will play Boston University, a 2-1 winner over Northeastern, next Monday in the 58th championship game. John Muse turned away all 33 shots on goal for the shutout.
Boston College coach Jerry York is advancing to his 11th Beanpot championship game as coach of the Eagles. Afterward, he gave credit to his senior class and John Muse.
Seniors Ben Smith, Matt Price and Carl Sneep all scored and forward Matt Lombardi played a solid checking game that helped the Eagles pitch the shutout.
“I thought our senior class was outstanding,” York said. “Four of our 21 guys dressed tonight, those four really jumped out to me how well they played. Smitty got the first goal for us. Matt Price got a huge goal, the early 4-on-4 goal to make it 2-0. I thought Carl Sneep, he got a late goal, but he played a real strong, solid game. And Matt Lombardi is just a really good physical force for us.
“It was evident to me watching us play that these four seniors were really instrumental in the thinking that we want to win a Beanpot, we want to get to that championship game and give ourselves a chance.”
Junior John Muse, who was the MVP when BC last captured the Beanpot in 2008, recorded his first shutout of the season. Last year, he was beaten, 6-1, by Northeastern in the opening round of the Beanpot. He said redemption wasn’t on his mind.
“Last year’s game was last year’s game,” Muse said. “I think had a plenty of confidence coming in. I think I’ve been playing pretty well lately. I wasn’t looking for a shutout, I was looking for a win. Luckily, we scored a lot of goals. That always helps.”
“I thought Johnny Muse was very good in goal,” York added. “He made some good saves down around the net area, loose puck situations is an area he’s tried to get better at. I thought he battled a lot better tonight in loose puck situations.
“We feel really excited as a team and a staff to play for the Beanpot next Monday.”
Harvard coach Ted Donato gave credit to the Eagles afterward but said his Crimson, who fell to 5-12-3, didn’t give themselves a chance to compete by taking so many penalties.
[Click here to hear Donato's postgame comments]