Feb. 7, 2016
BOSTON - A trophy will be on the line in the 270th meeting between the Boston University and Boston College men's ice hockey teams as the 64th Beanpot final features the seventh-ranked Terriers and the third-ranked Eagles. The game takes place on Monday (Feb. 8) at TD Garden at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised live on NESN and TSN.
BU and BC are two of the hottest teams in the country, as the Terriers are tied with Clarkson for the longest current win streak at five and the Eagles are on a nine-game unbeaten streak (6-0-3).
In fact, the only loss either team has suffered since the turn of the new year was when the rivals met in a home-and-home three weeks ago. BC earned a 5-3 home win before the teams skated to a 1-1 draw at Agganis Arena the following night.
The Terriers, who claimed their 30th Beanpot crown last year, defeated Northeastern, 3-1, in last week's semifinal round while the Eagles dispatched Harvard in the first game by a score of 3-2.
This is the 22nd time that BU and BC have met in the Beanpot championship game and the Terriers hold a 12-9 edge in the previous 21. The Terriers are looking to end a five-game losing streak to the Eagles in the Beanpot, which includes three semifinals and the 2012 and 2010 title games. BU is 30-20 all-time in Beanpot championship contests and is 27-15 in the tournament against BC.
Nine of the past 10 BU-BC Beanpot games have been decided by a single goal and five of those went to overtime. Either BU or BC has hoisted the Beanpot every year since Harvard won the tournament in 1993.
The Terriers have won nearly half (30) of the previous 63 Beanpot tournaments. After winning the Beanpot just once in the `50s, BU has won it 29 times in the last 50 years, including 13 of the past 21.
The Eagles' offense ranks third in the country, averaging 4.11 goals per game, and the defense is fifth (1.85). BC leads the nation in penalty minutes per game at 15.6, but has been much more disciplined since the turn of the new year, averaging only 8.4 minutes in nine contests.
BC freshman Colin White has team highs in both points (35) and goals (16) and is tied with sophomore Zach Sanford in assists with 19. Junior Ryan Fitzgerald has 31 points on 14 goals and 17 assists while Sanford has added nine goals for 28 points.
Junior Thatcher Demko has started in goal for 25 of BC's 27 games this season. He is fourth in the country in both save percentage (.937) and goals-against average (1.71). His eight shutouts lead the nation.
Senior Danny O'Regan, whose 142 career points are the most of any active Division I player, has 13 points (5g, 8a) during his current nine-game point streak. A point on Monday would match the longest point streak of his career, as he put together a 10-game run last season.
O'Regan has a team-best 32 points (10g, 22a) on the year while classmates Ahti Oksanen (14g, 16a) and Matt Lane (14g, 10) have 30 and 24, respectively, to round out the top three.
BU's seniors are one of the top classes in goal scoring since the calendar turned to 2016. Michigan's juniors lead the way with 3.12 goals per game in 2016. The Terrier seniors are tied with Minnesota's juniors for second, both averaging 2.67 goals per contest.
Last year's Beanpot MVP, senior captain Matt Grzelcyk has averaged a point per game (8g, 7a in 15 games) this season despite missing 12 games due to injury.
Senior Sean Maguire has made 10 straight starts in goal for the Terriers and has a .956 save percentage over the past six contests.