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Boston College 3, Boston University 4; BC’s Beanpot Drought Continues

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BOSTON, Mass. — The top-ranked Boston College Eagles took on the third-ranked Boston University Terriers Monday night in the Bean Pot semi-finals at TD Garden. Macklin Celebrini got things started, as he ripped a shot by BC goalie Jacob Fowler, four minutes into the game giving BU a quick lead.

Celebrini was not done, as a little over 2 minutes later, he doubled up. Scoring his second of the night and giving BU a 2-0 lead with 13:50 remaining. From there, the Eagles began to find their footing as they presented themselves with a few quality scoring opportunities of their own. Unfortunately, Terrier goaltender Mathieu Caron was able to turn them away, holding BU’s lead going into the 1st intermission at 2-0. BU outshot BC 19-13 for the period.

The Eagles continued to have good chances as the 2nd period commenced but still found themselves unable to slip one past Caron. After the BU penalty, BC finally struck. Gabe Perrault entered the BU zone, sending a pass to Ryan Leonard to the right of the goal, who slipped it back to Perrault, burying it to cut the BU lead to 2-1 with 13:54 to go in the 2nd period.

Jacob Fowler made a costly mistake later in the period, as he looked to clear the puck, but BU’s Luke Tuch intercepted it and rifled it past Fowler to give BU another 2-goal lead, at 3-1 with 8:11 to go in the period.

The Terriers entered the final frame and were looking to put the game away. Tuch slid a nice pass to Ryan Greene out front of the BC net, burying the ensuing shot for a 4-1 lead, a little under 5 minutes into the 3rd.

From there, BC really turned up the pressure, really looking to turn this into a Bean Pot classic. Gentry Shamburger responded with his first tally of the season. Connor Joyce poked the puck free on the forecheck, then hit Shamburger in front of the goal, bringing BC back within 2, with just under 12 minutes to go.

The Eagles were not done, as Perrault once again received a pass from Ryan Leonard on the far side post for his second goal of the game, bringing the BU lead down to 1, at 4-3 with around 8-and-a-half minutes remaining.

BC would outshoot BU 24-11 in the 2nd and 3rd periods, but the slow start was ultimately too much to overcome. The Eagles’s Beanpole drought continues, as they have not won the title since 2016, the longest streak of the four teams.

Next up, BC will look to rebound at home at UNH with puck drop at 7pm.

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