Gerbe nets winner in Beanpot thriller

Nathan Gerbe played hero tonight at the Beanpot, one-timing a pass from Brian Gibbons at 7:15 of overtime to vault Boston College past Boston University, 4-3. With the win, the Eagles will face Harvard for the famous title in next Monday's late game. After knotting it up in the early third, Gerbe converted a nice feed to pot his 21st goal on his ninth shot of the game. With the puck in his skates and his back to the goalie, Gibbons slid a pass to Gerbe, who came down the left side to bury the winner before engaging in a celebratory slide. Fourth line wing Andrew Orpik made his physical presence felt while delivering one shot on goal for BC. With 21 goals and 18 assists in 25 games, Gerbe's 1.56 points per game is tops in the country. He trails the national goals and points leaders by three in each category, but has played in three fewer games. Gerbe's clutch performance tonight creates a dilemma for Hobey Baker voters who frown upon some of Gerbe's on-ice behavior. The question remains whether or not they can soften their stance, and in turn reward the most explosive, productive player currently playing the college game. The nifty Gerbe has just ten games left to show his stuff, including a key weekend set with Hockey East leaders New Hampshire on February 22nd-23rd. Gerbe and Eagles will sandwich in a game at Massachusetts on Friday before settling the Beanpot with the Crimson.
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