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Boyle key figure as game turned

BU right wing Brandon Yip puts the body on a BC player during a first-period collision.
BU right wing Brandon Yip puts the body on a BC player during a first-period collision. (Globe Staff Photo / Matthew J. Lee)

Boston College's Brian Boyle received much of the blame and credit for the deciding sequence of the Beanpot championship game last night.

In a 54-second span of the third period, Boyle assisted on the tying goal (6:24), then drew a penalty (6:47), which led to a Boston University power play, on which the Terriers converted the deciding score (7:18) in their 3-2 victory.

Boyle was originally credited with scoring the goal that tied the game 2-2, but he notified officials that it was Stephen Gionta who scored. But the penalty, Boyle said, should not have been called.

The infraction was high sticking/contact to the head as Boyle tangled with Jason Lawrence, but it could have been the result of Boyle's height; he is 6 feet 7 inches -- 9 inches taller than Lawrence.

''I didn't think it was a penalty at all, but that's how it goes," Boyle said. ''I tried to keep my hands down, he tried to hit me, and he went down.

''But that is not the reason we lost. We had a tough second period where we kind of laid an egg and sat back on our heels. We had power plays in the second period and I had two giveaways. My only regret is we didn't play 60 minutes. We have to go out there with the killer instinct.

''We didn't sit back in the third period but, unfortunately, we put ourselves in that position. We were going to the net hard, and that's what we need to do. We needed to get to the net and get to it hard. That's how they got their goals."

Boyle has yet to score in five Beanpot contests, but has had success at the TD Banknorth Garden: Last year he was named MVP of the Hockey East tournament.

''I would take two Beanpot wins over two Beanpot goals," Boyle said. ''We got one [two years ago] and we have a chance again next year. It would be nice to get a Beanpot goal but I got one against UNH at the FleetCenter [in the Hockey East championship game] and that felt pretty good.

''There is a ways to go in the season, and as bad as this feels, we just have to learn from it, not sit back when we have leads, play smart. We won't dwell on this. We'll be upset for the night. This is not a league game but it affects the national rankings, but there is still a ways to go."

Beanpot failures and successes are not portents for the postseason. BC has six regular-season games remaining, starting with Maine Friday and Saturday.

''We are not looking to the postseason," Boyle said. ''We have to go to Orono this weekend, and that's what we are looking to. If we start looking to the postseason, that's a death sentence for us. We just have to take care of business every night.

''That's how it is going to be down the stretch -- all games are going to be close, 3-2, 2-1 games. But we have all been here before."

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