The ASN Eight: BC has the right Tuch, moves up a notch
At this point, just toss the names of the top three teams into a hat and and an argument could be made for any to be No. 1 in the country.
The ECAC, NCHC and Hockey East all have a claim to the throne.
We give the nod to Quinnipiac because the Bobcats got another tie and a win and just can’t seem to beaten. But North Dakota is a healthy No. 2 after its off week and Boston College’s 1-0 overtime win over cross-town rival Boston University last night was impressive in many ways.
BC goalie Thatcher Demko picked up his nation-leading ninth shutout despite being knocked twice on Boston University rushes and appearing injured. He finished with 29 saves as the Eagles won the Beanpot for the 20th time.
Tuch, meanwhile, ended a snowy-night contest where the teams actually left the ice for nearly a half hour with 8:57 remaining in the first period because the lights went dim at TD Garden.
It was the sophomore forward’s 11th goal of the season and spoiled a 38-save performance by BU senior goalie Sean Maguire.
The ASN Eight
Record: 21-1-6 | Conference: ECAC | Last week: 1
Captain Sam Anas leads with 20 goals, 17 assists; unbeaten streak reaches 10 games.
2. NORTH DAKOTA
Record: 22-3-3 | Conference: NCHC | Last week: 3
Mixed in some fun during the off week with outdoor practice/scrimmage at nearby University Park.
3. BOSTON COLLEGE
Record: 20-4-4 | Conference: Hockey East | Last week: 4
Either BC or BU have won every Beanpot since 1994; Eagles finally looking healthy again.
4. ST. CLOUD STATE
Record: 23-6-1 | Conference: NCHC | Last week: 2
Split with surging Miami (Ohio) and still No. 2 in PairWise rankings.
Record: 19-5-4 | Conference: Hockey East | Last week: 8
Coach Nate Leaman can reach 100 career wins at Providence with weekend sweep vs. UConn.
Record: 17-4-4 | Conference: Big Ten | Last week: 5
Split with rival Michigan State makes things interesting heading into series at Wisconsin.
7. NOTRE DAME
Record: 16-5-7 | Conference: Hockey East | Last week: Not ranked
Sweep over Vermont lands Fighting Irish in first-place tie in top-heavy Hockey East.
8. BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Record: 16-8-4 | Conference: Hockey East | Last week: 7
Taking BC to overtime after 8-1-1 run keeps Terriers in Elite Eight.
DROPPED OUT: Northeastern (17-6-5), lost 3-2 to New Hampshire; tied Northeastern, 2-2.
Above: Boston College's Alex Tuch scores the winning goal against Boston University as the Eagles claimed their sixth Beanpot title in seven years in the first 1-0 final in tournament history, (Courtesy BCEagles.com)