Power Outage Delays Beanpot Championship

Photo by Brian Fluharty
Written by BU News Service

By Marisa Ingemi
BU News Service

The 64th annual Beanpot championship game, in which the Boston College Eagles defeated the Boston University Terriers by a score of 1-0 on Monday night at the TD Garden, was temporarily delayed by a power outage in the first period.

The outage occurred with 8:53 left in the first period when the game had remained scoreless. Boston College had come out of the gate soaring with a 12-2 shots on goal advantage when the lights went out.

“It was like an intermission,” BU coach David Quinn said in the post-game press conference. “So, I think we all kind of reverted back to what we would normally do.”

The delay lasted for roughly 29 minutes before all the lights in the building were restored. After the game the TD Garden announced that the outage occurred due to a power surge and that employees were working to identify if the issue was internal or external. A blizzard was also occurring throughout the day in Boston, and there was speculation as to if the games would take place at all. It’s unknown if the events are connected.

For most of the delay the players on both teams remained on the benches and skated on the ice, but after about 20 minutes, the teams returned to the locker rooms. The lights returned soon after, and the game action resumed with a faceoff to the right of Terriers goalie Sean Maguire.

The referees suggested cleaning the ice and then returning for a nearly 30 minute second period, but BC head coach Jerry York said that neither he or Quinn thought that would be a good idea.

“Neither Dave or I thought that would be a good idea,” York said. “That would have been like playing in your backyard.”

Last year the Beanpot was postponed several times due to severe weather in New England. This year, if the two final games were to be moved, there was not another available date at the TD Garden in all of February.

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