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Boston University is officially on top of the college hockey world after beating No. 3 Northeastern 5-2 for their record 29th Beanpot crown. Zach Cohen scored a first period power play goal, Nick Bohino (the Beanpot’s MVP) scored the second for his third goal of the tournament, and a third period goal from Jason Lawrence to put the Terriers ahead for good. BU added two late shorthanded goals at 13:54 and 14:24 from David Warsofsky and Colin Wilson, respectively, to put the game out of reach.
Mike McLaughlin and Tyler McNeely scored for the Huskies, but their effort was not enough as Terriers goalie Kieran Millan was sharp. Millan finished with 23 saves on 25 shots, including 12 saves in the third period alone as the Huskies scrambled to score.
BU, on the strength of a first round Beanpot win over Harvard and a conference win over UMass-Lowell, earned 49 of 50 first place votes and 999 total points in the latest USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men’s Hockey Poll. Notre Dame remains second and took the remaining first place vote. The Terriers are unbeatable at the moment, winning eight straight and 13 of 14 as they cruised to a Beanpot win against Northeastern.
The Huskies dominated BC in their Beanpot semifinal and defeated Merrimack in league play to retain their ranking. No word on whether their loss against BU will affect next week’s ranking. Michigan and Vermont complete the top five and Cornell, Miami, Denver, Princeton, and Yale round out the largely unchanged top ten. New Hampshire fell one spot to 12 and BC dropped three to 15 to complete the five Hockey East schools represented in the polls.
This past week, Vermont swept Providence and UNH and Maine split a pair. UMass dropped their two games this weekend, one to BC and the second to UMass-Lowell, as they continue to struggle and slide down the standings. As of Sunday, Northeastern still held the conference lead with 29 points with BU just two back and Vermont four behind. UNH is fourth with 21 points and UMass-Lowell and BC are deadlocked with 20 points apiece. Maine, at 16, and UMass, with 15, hold down the final two playoff spots right now, while Providence (11), and Merrimack (six) are on the outside looking in.
The Beanpot Final and Consolation games were Monday night with BU beating Northeastern and BC beating Harvard 4-3 in the consolation game. Each of the Hockey East teams has a full schedule this week with two weekend games apiece. BU plays two in Maine, Northeastern and UMass play and home and home, and BC and UMass-Lowell will each play host in their series this weekend. Vermont plays two at Merrimack and UNH and Providence will play a home and home.