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Boston University, Boston College Advance to Beanpot Final

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The Boston University Terriers (17-8-1) and Boston College Eagles (17-10-1) each advanced to next Monday’s Beanpot final, dispatching the Harvard Crimson (7-7-9) and Northeastern Huskies (11-12-3) respectively at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

BU advanced to the title game with a 3-1 triumph over Harvard, while BC obliterated Northeastern 7-1. The game will be the 21st time BU and BC will play for the Beanpot Championship, with the Terriers possessing 12-8 series lead. It will also be their fourth match up of the year, with BU having won two of the first three match ups.

BostonUniversity 3, Harvard 1

Wade Megan led the offensive attack with a pair of goals, while BU goalie Kieran Millan turned away 29 of 30 shots en route to a 3-1 Boston University victory on Monday night.

The Terriers  jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 8:14 in, registering the first goal of the tournament on a neat Alex Nieto wrap around goal to beat Crimson goalie Steve Michalek. Alex Chiasson and Sean Escobedo each garnered assists on the play.

BU was able to extend their lead to 2-0 with 12:30 remaining in the second period, capitalizing on the man advantage. Sahir Gill passed to Escobedo, who found Megan who buried home the game-winner. The residents of Commonwealth Avenue took a 3-0 lead less than seven minutes later when Megan tallied his second score on the night, receiving a second assist from Gill.

Millan would not be able to parlay the effort into a shutout however, as Harvard cut the deficit to 3-1 when Alex Killorn scored on the power play in the second period. Marshall Everson found Killorn in the slot, who rifled his shot past Millan for the final goal of the contest with 4:23 remaining in the second.

The Crimson attack peppered Millan in the third, but he stood tall saving all 10 Harvard shots in the final frame.

Harvard out shot the terriers 30-25 throughout, but Millan was up to the challenge to send the Terriers to the Beanpot Championship.

Boston College 7, Northeastern 1

The Boston College Eagles scored early and often, pummeling the Northeastern Huskies 7-1 in the night cap of the 2012 Beanpot. Paul Carey, Johnny Gaudreau, Steven Whitney each scored a pair of goals, while Barry Almeida notched his 17th scored of the year in the rout.

Parker Milner, Boston College’s goaltender, turned away 22 of 23 shots in his Beanpot debut.

BC’s special teams dominated the action throughout, scoring two power play goals and twice shorthanded to generate the disparity in the score. The Eagles’ speed and talent was on display all evening, doubling the Huskies with a 46-23 advantage in shots, and constantly forcing Northeastern defenders into mistakes in their own end.

Carey gave the Eagles an early edge just 5:14 in, beating NU netminder Chris Rawlings on his glove hand side for the 1-0 lead. Freshman defender Josh Manson turned the puck over near his own blueline to Pat Mullane, who found Johnny Gaudreau before he showcased a beautiful feed back to Carey in the slot for the game’s first tally.

Gaudreau doubled the Eagle’s advantage to 2-0 with 10:17 remaining in the first, stripping Northeastern defender Luke Eibler near the Huskies’ bench. Gaudreau skated in on Rawlings, and snuck a shot through the junior goaltender’s five-hole for the two-goal lead.

BC would let NU creep back into the contest with back-to-back penalties assessed to Chris Kreider and Whitney. The Huskies answered the call with the 5-on-3 advantage, with Anthony Bitteto one-timing a Ludwig Karlson pass to cut the score to 2-1. Garrett Vermeersh recorded a second assist on the play.

After six minutes of back-and-forth play in the second stanza, NU was awarded the man advantage at 5:43 after Kreider was whistled for his second penalty of the evening, a hitting from behind call. But another Huskies mistake near the Northeastern bench resulted in a shorthanded 2-on-1 opportunity for the Eagles, who ounce again pounced on the opportunity to take a 3-1 lead. Patch Alber wrestled the puck away from Bitteto, and found a streaking Alemida down the right side who fired a perfect pass to Whitney in the slot to beat Rawlings 6:41 in the second.

A little over two minutes later, Gaudreau put Boston College up 4-1 on a rebound opportunity after Alber’s shot from the right side ricocheted off the blocker of Rawlings, forcing NU to take their timeout.

Four and a half minutes later, the Eagles continued to convert NU errors when Almeida careened a Justin Daniels turnover once again in front of the Northeastern bench, and skated up the ice on a 2-on-1 opportunity. The senior needed not pass however, firing a pair of shots before beating Rawlings upstairs on the glove side for the 5-1 edge.

Backup goaltender Clay Witt entered in the third, but fared no better against a relentless Boston College attack. Barry Alemeida’s second goal of the night with occurred on the powerplay 8:43 remaining, assisted by Brian Dumoulin and Whitney. Carey capped the BC scoring with 2:40 remaining, notched his second goal with helpers from McCleod and Shea.

 

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