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Eagles Win 16th Beanpot Title

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON – The Boston College Eagles proved once again why they are the No. 1 NCAA Division-I hockey team in the country as they defeated the Northeastern University Huskies 7-6 en route to their 16th Beanpot title. 

The Eagles took on the Huskies in front of a sold-out crowd of 17, 565 in TD Garden Monday night in the Championship game of the 59th installment of the fight for Boston’s hockey bragging rights. 

Jimmy Hayes knocked home the game-winner six minutes into overtime to give the Eagles the lift over the pesky hounds from Huntington Avenue. 

The two teams met in what proved to be a physical and offensive match-up between the Hockey East rivals -- 19 penalties were given out between the two teams, with Northeastern collecting the bulk of the box time, with 20 penalty minutes. 

In addition, 13 total goals were scored between the two squads, the highest in a Beanpot Championship since 1996 when Boston University defeated Northeastern 11-4. 

Boston College put on the pressure early, earning their first power play of the game at 3:56 in the first when Huskies defenseman Luke Eibler received two minutes for hitting from behind.  

The hit came in front of the Northeastern net where Boston College had an opportune scoring chance, but were stifled but Northeastern netminder Chris Rawlings (39 saves).

Less than three minutes later, Eagles defenseman and Boston Bruins prospect Tommy Cross netted BC’s first goal of the game, his fifth of the season, at the 9:12 time slot.  

The play started in the Eagles defensive zone, as Cross broke up Northeastern’s offensive rush creating his own scoring opportunity down the ice. 

Northeastern tied it up at 17:04 of the first on a power play goal courtesy of a Cross tripping penalty. Eibler got set up on the right point and blasted the slapper past Eagles goaltender John Muse (21 saves). 

The Huskies took the 2-1 lead into the first intermission. 

It was Boston College who challenged first in the second period. Cross picked up his second point of the game with an assist on forward Pat Mullane’s goal to tie the score at two a piece less than a minute into the second frame. 

But the Huskies couldn’t be kept down for long as freshman Rob Dongara sliced between two Boston University defenders to create the one-on-one with Muse at 2:37. Dongara slipped the puck past the Eagles netminder in the lower right corner for his sixth goal of the season. 

Boston College tied it back up at 5:25 capitalizing on a Northeastern interference penalty to Huskies defenseman Drew Daniels. The Eagles Chris Kreider beat Rawlings from the slot for his eighth goal of the year and BC’s third of the game. 

The two teams went back and forth for the remainder of the second period. Boston College took their second lead of the game at 12:07 with a 4-on-4 goal from sophomore forward Steven Whitney. B’s prospect Cross picked up his third point of the game with an assist on the tally. 

Northeastern quickly answered with a goal from captain Tyler McNeely, his 11th of the season, just over a minute later to re-tie the score at four each. The teams took the 4-4 score into the second intermission. 

Northeastern struck first in the final frame when Reid banged home the Huskies fifth goal at 8:44 to open the third period scoring on a second chance opportunity from in front of the Boston College net. It was his second goal of the game. 

Boston College answered less than three minutes later with Bill Arnold’s eighth goal of the season at 11:12 to tie the game at 5-5.

But it was Kreider who gave BC the 6-5 lead just over a minute later with his second goal of the game, and Boston College’s second power play score of the night. 

Yet again, it didn’t last long as Huskies senior Wade MacLeod netted his 12th of the season with just 1:46 remaining in regular time to tie the game at six goals apiece.  

The score remained at 6-6 as the teams headed into overtime, but it only took six minutes before the Eagles’ Jimmy Hayes slid one past Rawlings for his 14th goal of the year and the championship-winner. 

With the win the Eagles improve to 31-8 all-time against Northeastern in the Beanpot. 

The Eagles Chris Kreider received the MVP nod, after potting two goals in the championship game. 

Northeastern netminder Chris Rawlings won the Eberly Award for the goaltender with the best save percentage.  Rawlings stopped 80 of 87 shots for a .920 SV% in the two tournament games. 

Notes: Harvard defeated Boston University 5-4 in the consolation game earlier in the night. Boston Bruins prospect Alex Fallstrom had two assists in the Crimson’s win.

---Hannah Becker
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