Sophomore Toni Ann Miano
BC’s women’s hockey team finished the regular season undefeated, 34-0, with a sweep of Providence over the weekend. The nation’s #1 team goes into the Hockey East Tournament Friday with a two-of-three series against Maine.
The #2 men’s hockey team also swept the weekend, beating Vermont twice. The Eagles have two regular season games remaining this weekend, against UMass Lowell. Hockey East Tournament play begins for them March 4-6.
On the other side of the ledger, men’s basketball continued a record run of futility, reaching 0-14 in ACC play. With a matchup again Wake Forest this afternoon, there was talk this would be an excellent chance for BC to grab a conference win. Wake had only won one conference game itself and, earlier in the day, announced that its top player would sit out the game because of a rules violation.
With 7:09 remaining in the first half, Wake Forest had taken a 29-2 lead. With a nearly-halfcourt shot by Eli Carter going in at the buzzer, BC at halftime was behind 41-14. The game concluded Wake Forest 74, BC 48. ESPN Gameday noted earlier this weekend that were BC to fail to win a conference game this season, it would be the first team in a major conference, since the end of World War II, to be winless in conference play in both football and basketball. A distinction of embarrassment. The Eagles have four games remaining on their schedule.
Women’s basketball lost today to Louisville, 55-45. They are 2-12 in the ACC.
The BC women’s hockey team, ranked #1 in the land, made it an Eagles’ sweep of the Beanpot Tournament, cruising by #6 Northeastern, 7-0, last night. It was the 3d Beanpot crown won by the women in the last four years. The men’s team won the Beanpot the night before, beating BU 1-0.
Now 30-0, the 2015-16 Eagles hold the BC record for consecutive wins and their win streak is the second longest in NCAA history.
Sophomore goaltender Katie Burt gained her second shutout of the Beanpot and her BC record 11th of the season. Senior forward Dana Trivigno had a hat trick in the championship win. Senior Alex Carpenter had an assist on one goal, which tied her for the national lead in scoring.
San Diego’s Thatcher Demko holds aloft his second Beanpot in three years.
BC men’s hockey team, ranked #3 nationally, won its sixth Beanpot title in the last seven years, and 20th title overall, with a 1-0 overtime win over #7 Boston University last night. Sophomore Alex Tuch scored the game’s only goal 1:57 into overtime.
It seems unlikely, considering the number of games (256) played in the 64-year history of the Beanpot, but the 2016 championship was the first Beanpot game ever to go 1-0. Perhaps even more unlikely, it was also only the second game ever between BC and BU to finish 1-0, the other being another Eagles win in 2006 at BU.
The Eagles outshot the Terriers 42-30 for the game, including a dominant 23-12 edge in the first period. BU goalie Sean Maguire had 41 saves and won the tournament awards for best goalie and most outstanding player overall. Arguably, since he had the shutout, BC’s goalie Thatcher Demko deserved at least a share of the award. It was, indeed, Demko’s 9th shutout of the season, setting a new single-season standard for BC.
BC won the Beanpot each year 2010-2014, including a 3-2 overtime win against BU in 2012.
A winter storm in Boston yesterday put some doubt into whether the game would take place. The storm may have played a role in the loss of some lighting at the TD Garden during the first period, which caused a 29-minute suspension of the game.
BC’s record goes to 20-4-4 (11-1-4).