Terrier Twelve – #10: Men’s Ice Hockey Wins 31st Beanpot Title
Returning for a 14th year, GoTerriers.com will once again count down the top 12 accomplishments of Boston University teams and student-athletes from the previous year. Check back every Tuesday and Friday to experience this year’s Terrier Twelve.
The men’s ice hockey team is ranked 10th in this year’s countdown, winning the program’s 31st Beanpot Championship in its 100th season with a 1-0 win over Northeastern.
BU advanced to their sixth Beanpot title match in the last seven tournaments with a 4-3 victory over Harvard in the first round. In a 2020 Beanpot Final rematch, BU faced No. 13 Northeastern in what turned out to be a defensive battle. With the teams destined for extra time, second year Dylan Peterson rushed to the right post and converted a nice cross feed from junior Jamie Armstrong to give BU a 1-0 lead with 2:46 remaining in regular time.
Second year goaltender Vinny Duplessis and the Terrier defense held off a late Northeast rally to secure the win, with Duplessis finishing with a 19-save shutout. Peterson, who was terrific all night leading up to his game-winning goal, earned Beanpot MVP honors for his heroics.
The win extended the Terriers’ winning streak to seven games and was part of an impressive 15-3-1 record to close out the regular season. Three Junior Terriers – Dominique Fensore, Wilmer Skoog and Alex Vlasic – was named Hockey East second team all-star while a freshman defenseman Ty Gallagher earned Hockey East All-Rookie honors for his strong first season.
Fensore, who was named the 2022-23 Terriers captain, led all blue liners in the league with 26 assists and his 31 points ranked second among Hockey East defensemen. Skoog scored a career-high 15 goals to lead the team and was second on the team with 30 points. Vlasic was one of the best defensive backs in the league and became the 91st Terrier to play in the NHL when he made his Chicago Blackhawks debut in March. Gallagher scored 16 points (5g, 11a) and also led all league rookies with 44 blocked shots during the regular season.
Second year Drew Commeso made Olympic history when he became the youngest goaltender to make the United States Men’s Olympic Team. He was terrific in that first appearance, stopping all 29 shots he saw in an 8-0 win over China. Commesso then made 24 saves in his only other start, a 3-2 win over Germany that saw the United States finish undefeated in the preliminary round. He finished the tournament with a .963 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average; both brands ranked second among all goalkeepers who made at least two appearances.
A new era of Terrier hockey will be underway in 2022-23, as Jay Pandolfo (’95) was named the program’s new head coach in May.
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