Sport Northeastern wins first Beanpot title in 30 years

12:21  13 february  2018
12:21  13 february  2018 Source:   The Boston Globe

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In 1988, the last time Northeastern University won the Beanpot hockey tournament, Brent Arvidson was a first -year student, cheering on Northeastern from the stands. He didn’t expect it would take 30 years for his team to win it again.

The Beanpot trophy is not a gaudy thing, it’s just an old silver crockpot, but it shines like the sun when you hold it over your head in Boston on the second Monday of February. Thirty years is a long time to wait for a celebration.

Northeastern’s Adam Gaudette celebrates his second goal of the game with teammate Nolan Stevens (right) during the second period of the Beanpot title game at TD Garden.© Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Northeastern’s Adam Gaudette celebrates his second goal of the game with teammate Nolan Stevens (right) during the second period of the Beanpot title game at TD Garden. The Beanpot trophy is not a gaudy thing, it’s just an old silver crockpot, but it shines like the sun when you hold it over your head in Boston on the second Monday of February.

Thirty years is a long time to wait for a celebration. And to a man, the Northeastern Huskies jumped, tumbled, and leaped over the boards to race jubilantly around the TD Garden ice, screaming their joy Monday night after Northeastern (17-8-5) defeated Boston University (15-12-3), 5-2, to win the 66th annual Beanpot.

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BU had won 16 times since then — and 30 times in all — beating the Huskies in the final six straight times before this year . It was Northeastern ’s fifth Beanpot title — by far the fewest of the four schools.

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The Beanpot stands for best in Boston, and it was the first Beanpot title for Northeastern since 1988, after reaching the championship game 10 times in that stretch.

Everybody came through for Northeastern, which won its fifth Beanpot. Junior forward Adam Gaudette, the nation’s leading scorer, completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal at 19:29 of the third period. His linemate, senior Dylan Sikura, scored one. The power play was unstoppable, scoring three goals in three attempts. Freshman goalie Cayden Primeau made 38 saves, a half-dozen of them game-changers. Everything that was possible happened.

Northeastern rode its formidable power play to a 4-1 lead after two periods, Gaudette connecting for two.

BU’s Brady Tkachuk nearly bludgeoned his way onto the scoreboard with the game only two minutes old. Skating down the right wing, he carried the puck with a one-handed grip on his stick as he fended off NU defenseman Trevor Owens. Tkachuk barreled straight into Primeau, who stood up to the hit but lost the puck as it dropped behind him and into the net. The play, however, was ruled no goal because of goalie interference.

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Will the Huskies win their first Beanpot title in 30 years or will the Terriers add to their 30 Beanpot championships? Now, let’s look at each team a bit closer: Northeastern . All-time Beanpot tournament titles : 4 Record vs. Beanpot teams this season: 3- 1 -0.

Northeastern hasn’t won a Beanpot in 30 years . Its last title came in 1988, with a 21- win team that finished first in Hockey East and reached the first round of the NCAA tournament.

A minute later, Gaudette nearly scored off his skate, but the ricochet from Sikura slipped past the net.

Tkachuk was back for more at the six-minute mark, springing Bobo Carpenter on a breakaway. NU’s Ryan Shea gave chase and stretched out to knock the puck away with a stick check before Carpenter could shoot.

The Terriers took the lead at 12:35, manufacturing a goal from behind the Terrier net. Logan Cockerill slipped the puck between his legs, trying to push it out front. The puck hit Primeau’s stick and fell back inside the right post.

But BU gave Northeastern two power plays and the Huskies made them pay.

With Nikolas Olsson sitting out a tripping call, Nolan Stevens netted a silky smooth goal, his 20th of the season. In the middle of the offensive zone, Stevens took a pass from Zach Solow, pulled the puck around BU defenseman Chad Krys, and then left Jake Oettinger looking when he tucked a shot between his pads at 14:38. It was Stevens’s fifth goal against BU this season in three games.

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Northeastern hasn’t won a Beanpot in 30 years . Its last title came in 1988, with a 21- win team that finished first in Hockey East and reached the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Then there’s the Beanpot final on Monday, which features Northeastern looking to win its first title in 30 years against a resurgent Boston University squad. BRACKETOLOGY: Big Ten crowding tourney. In an increasingly intense national scoring race

The Huskies got another chance with the man advantage when Chase Phelps was whistled for interference. This time Jeremy Davies found Gaudette, the nation’s leading scorer, alone in front of Oettinger. The junior from Braintree bobbled his shot wide.

It wouldn’t happen again. Given a second chance from the left circle, Gaudette buried his 22nd of the season at 17:32.

The Huskies were tied for sixth in the nation on the power play going into the game with a 25 percent success rate.

The goalies took center stage in the first half of the second period, matching each other with a sequence of heart-pounding saves. Primeau smothered a dangerous backhand attempt by Hank Crone at the four-minute mark and Oettinger then stuffed a point-blank shot from Phelps.

Owens gave Northeastern the two-goal lead it so needed at 14:32, finishing a passing sequence from Austin Goldstein and Patrick Schule at the left circle. Owen sliced a shot over Oettinger’s left shoulder.

BU’s Shane Bowers scored for BU at 17:20 of the third with the goalie pulled.

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