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The last three years, the champion of the Beanpot has gone on to win the national championship (BC in ’08, BU in ’09, BC in ’10). I think it’s safe to say, though, if Northeastern managed to win their first Beanpot since 1988 on Monday night that streak would be broken (ouch).
Boston College, the No. 1 ranked team in the country, showed why they’re on top, winning their second straight Beanpot in an overtime thriller over the Huskies, 7-6. It was the first time the Eagles won consecutive Beanpot crowns since they won it three straight years back from 1963-65.
“You have to throw the records out,” said the always-humble BC coach Jerry York. “They’re 5-2-1 in their last eight games. That was a pretty formidable opponent we played.”
BC’s Chris Kreider tallied two goals and an assist and was named tournament MVP.
Northeastern had tied it with 1:46 to go in a wild third period. Wade MacLeod slashing the puck past BC goalie John Muse to tie the game for a sixth time. The Huskies nearly won it with two great chances under a minute to go in regulation.
For those of you looking out for the local boys, Northeastern’s Rob Dongara scored the shorthanded goal to give NU a 3-2 lead early in the second period. The play, which was pretty shocking, made the SportsCenter Top 10 (#7). Dongora is from Scituate and went to BC High.
Huskies goalie Chris Rawlings made 39 saves in the loss.
This part is difficult to write as a Terrier alum, but I will do my best. For the first time since 1980, the Boston University Terriers placed fourth in the Beanpot after they fell to Harvard 5-4. BU took a 4-3 lead when Alex Chiasson beat Crimson goalie Ryan Carroll for a second time at 14:05 of the third period.
Harvard responded with two quick goals with less than five minutes to play in regulation. Harvard’s Danny Biega and Michael Del Mauro did the honors, beating BU goalie Kieran Millan.
“That was an embarrassing display by my team. We didn’t come to play,” BU coach Jack Parker said.
Harvard improved to just 5-18-1, and their victory over BU (14-9-7) will seriously dampen the Terriers’ chances of making the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team.
BU, winners of a record 29 Beanpots, placed last for only the fourth time in 59 years. In their last fourth place finish in 1980, Terriers Mike Eruzione, David Silk, Jack O’Callahan and Jim Craig were representing the U.S. in the Lake Placid Olympics.