BC wins Beanpot; BU loses in consolation game

BC wins Beanpot; BU loses in consolation game

BOSTON (AP) Jimmy Hayes scored 6 minutes into overtime and Boston College beat Northeastern 7-6 on Monday night to win the Beanpot championship for the third time in four years.

Tournament MVP Chris Kreider scored twice and assisted on the winner for the defending Beanpot and NCAA champions. BC (22-6-0) had not won back-to-back Beanpots since taking the tournament three straight times from 1963-65.

Tommy Cross had a goal and two assists, and John Muse stopped 21 shots for the Eagles, who have won two of the last three national championships and are the top-ranked team in the nation.

Chris Rawlings made 39 saves for Northeastern (10-12-6), which has not won the tournament since 1988 the longest drought of any of the four Beanpot schools.

Harvard beat Boston University 5-4 in the consolation game to claim third place in the tournament that matches the area's four college hockey powers on the first two Mondays in February.

Northeastern led 2-1 after one period, and it was tied 4-all after two. BC scored twice in a 92-second span midway through the third period to take a 6-5 lead, but the Huskies sent the game into overtime on Wade McLeod's goal with 1:46 left in regulation.

BC, which also needed OT against BU in the semifinal, outshot the Huskies 6-0 in the extra period and finished it off when defenseman Brian Dumoulin sent a crossing pass to Kreider, who fed it into Hayes for the one-timer. BC players poured over the boards to celebrate, and they remained on the ice kissing the silver Beanpot trophy long after the sold-out crowd of students had returned to their respective campuses.

It was the 16th Beanpot title in 59 years for the Eagles.

So it wasn't an upset that they won.

The biggest surprise was the performance of BU, which has dominated the event with 29 championships half in the first 58 years. The Terriers had reached the finals in 25 of the previous 27 tournaments before losing to BC on Cross' overtime goal in the opening round last week.

In fact, their appearance in the consolation game was so unusual that it even threw off the public address announcer, who mistakenly called BC's first goal in the championship a "Boston University goal." The BC fans booed the mix-up, but there were plenty more goals to come.

Northeastern led 2-1 after the first period, and it was tied 4-4 after a five-goal second period. The Huskies took the lead on Brodie Reid's goal 8:44 into the third, but BC took a 6-5 lead midway through the period with goals by Bill Arnold and Kreider 92 seconds apart.

That lead wasn't safe, either.

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Jones-Molina WBC spat is a clash of cultures . . . and that's great

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Jones-Molina WBC spat is a clash of cultures . . . and that's great

The Adam Jones-Yadier Molina verbal skirmish is as predictable as it is annoying.

Was every cultural nuance for the 16 World Baseball Classic teams explained in a booklet the players had to memorize before the tournament?

No? Then it’s amazing there weren’t more moments like this.

Jones, the Orioles outfielder, said Team USA's championship game win over Puerto Rico was motivated by Puerto Rico's choice to plan a post-tournament parade for the team before the final game.

As Jones and his teammates know, parades in pro sports are for championship teams. Red Sox fans are likely aware of this.

As Jones and his teammates know, discussing a parade before a title is secured suggests overconfidence. Rex Ryan fans are likely aware of this.

After an 8-0 win for the U.S., Jones revealed the parade was used as bulletin-board material.

"Before the game, we got a note that there was some championship shirts made -- we didn't make 'em -- and a flight [arranged],” Jones said. “That didn't sit well with us. And a parade -- it didn't sit well with us."

But apparently, Jones didn't know the full context of the parade. It was reportedly planned regardless of whether Puerto Rico won.

One Team USA teammate of Jones whom CSNNE spoke with didn't believe that, however.

"It was called a champions parade that got turned into a celebration parade once they lost," the player said. "I think they just don't like getting called out by Jones, but all Jones did was tell exactly what happened."

Jones’ comments weren’t received well.

Puerto Rico's going through a trying time, a recession, and the entire island rallied behind the team.

“Adam Jones . . . is talking about things he doesn't know about," Molina told ESPN’s Marly Rivera. "He really has to get informed because he shouldn't have said those comments, let alone in public and mocking the way [preparations] were made.”

No one should be upset Jones explained what he was thinking.

Jones actually asked MLB Network host Greg Amsinger, “Should I tell the truth?”

Yes. It’s better than lying.

Look at the reactions across the WBC: the bat flips, the raw emotion. Honesty conveyed via body language.

People in the U.S. are starting to accept and crave those reactions. The WBC helped promote a basic idea: let people be themselves.

Jones said what was on his mind. We can’t celebrate bat flips and then say Jones should keep his mouth shut.

But there's an unreasonable expectation being placed on Jones here.

He heard about a parade -- which is to say, a subject he wouldn't normally think twice about or investigate before a championship baseball game.

Plus, it gave him motivation.

Why is Jones, or anyone with Team USA, more responsible for gaining an advance understanding of Puerto Rico’s parade-planning conventions -- we're talking about parade planning! -- than Puerto Rico is responsible for keeping U.S. norms in mind when making and/or talking about those plans?

No one involved here was thinking about the other’s perception or expectation. It's impossible to always do so.

But that’s how these moments develop: what’s obvious to one party is outlandish to the other.

Now Molina, Puerto Rico's catcher, wants an apology.

"He has to apologize to the Puerto Rican people," Molina told ESPN. "Obviously, you wanted to win; he didn't know what this means to [our] people."

Jones can clear the air with an apology, but he doesn't owe one. And he definitely doesn't owe one after Molina took it a step further.

"I'm sending a message to [Jones], saying, 'Look at this, right now you're in spring training working out, and we're with our people, with our silver medals,' " Molina said. "You're in spring training and you're working . . . you have no idea how to celebrate your honors, you don't know what it means.”

Team USA had no parade. Manager Jim Leyland made clear how the U.S. was celebrating, by recognizing those serving the country.

The silver lining here is how much attention the WBC has drawn, and how much conversation it can drive. People care, a great sign for the sport -- and its potential to foster better understanding across cultures.

Internationally, the sport is on parade.