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BOSTON, MA- Boston College and Boston University took the ice for the 64th annual Beanpot Championship Final on Monday night. The rivalry, known as the Battle of the Commonwealth, heated immediately as the puck dropped. But like the B line train connecting the two schools, the game ended up becoming a slow but stressful ride. After the lights went out in the Garden which caused a 30 minute delay in the first period, the teams skated past the three periods and entered overtime 0-0 for a first scoreless game ever played at a Beanpot final. Although both teams did have multiple opportunities to score, the game came down to one question:
Who had the better goalie.
In contrast to the score board, a total of 72 shots were made on net. But BC goalie Thatcher Demko, a 2014 second round pick by the Vancouver Canucks, saved 30 shots while Hockey East Top Performer contender Sean Maguire saved 41 shots for Boston University.
But even with these outstanding performances from both goalies, the trophy favored Demko and the Boston College Eagles. After 1:57 into overtime, Alex Tuch, a first round pick by the Minnesota Wild in 2014, shot a “no-look” snipe past Maguire and into the net to end the night 1-0 for BC. The win gave Thatcher Demko his 9th shut out of the season and BC its 20th Beanpot title, second to BU with 30.
With his outstanding performance of the night, Maguire received the award for both MVP and Goalie with the highest save percentage. After the game he commented on the last play of the night. “I think (if) I would have saw all of it, I would have stopped it,” Maguire said. “But he made a great shot. He shot cross-body, post in — I mean, that’s a pro-level shot. Kudos to him. I guess I didn’t see too much of it, but I’ve made that save 1,000 times. But it’s just one that has to beat me. So, good for him.”
Goalie Thatcher Demko also praised Sean Maguire for his performance. “It was a tough game. We had a lot of chances. Maguire played unbelievable. All the accolades he got after the game were very well-deserved. It was kind of a goaltending battle tonight, and luckily (Tuch) was able to get one past him.”
Boston College host Merrimack on Friday Feb, 12 7pm at Kelley Rink in Conte Forum while Boston University will try to pick up their lost against UMass Lowell at Agganis Arena also on Friday night.
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