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Boston University adds another Beanpot title with win over Northeastern

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BOSTON - Even playing short-handed during a key third-period stretch wasn't going to stop Boston University from winning another Beanpot.

Jason Lawrence scored the go-ahead goal for the second straight week, and Boston University sealed it with two late short-handed goals as the Terriers beat Northeastern 5-2 in the tournament's 57th annual event Monday.

It was 29th Beanpot title for Boston University, who entered its second consecutive week ranked No. 1 in the United States.

Nick Bonino, Zach Cohen, David Warsofsky, and Winnipeg native Colin Wilson also scored for Boston University (22-5-1).

Bonino, Warsofsky and Wilson's goals were all short-handed.

"The three short-handed goals was hard to imagine," Boston University coach Jack Parker said. "It was the difference."

Brandon Yip of Maple Ridge, B.C., added two assists. Kieran Millan of Edmonton earned the win, making 23 saves.

Mike McLaughlin of Seaforth, Ont., and Tyler McNeely of Burnaby, B.C., had Northeastern's goals. The Huskies (19-7-2), who lead Hockey East over second-place Boston University and are ranked third in the U.S., were seeking only their fifth Beanpot title.

Northeastern last won the Beanpot in 1988.

"I don't care what level of hockey you're playing, you give up three short-handed goals and you're not going to win," Northeastern coach Greg Cronin said.

Brad Thiessen of Aldergrove, B.C., made 29 saves in a losing cause.

The tournament, played on the first two Mondays in February, is for bragging rights for the four major Boston-area hockey programs.

"It was huge to get that goal by Dave (Warsofsky)," Bonino said. "It was pretty exciting. To follow it up with another shorty ... it was huge. A weight went off our shoulders."

Referee Scott Hansen had to leave the game late in the opening period after he was hit in the right side of the face with a clearing pass along the boards. A stretcher was brought onto the ice, but Hansen, who went to his knees and covered his face with his hands, skated off with a towel covering his bloodied face. He was replaced by Tom Fyrer, who worked the first game.

Hansen was taken to Massachusetts Eye and Ear; no immediate information was available.

Warsofsky and Wilson clinched the win with their short-handed goals 30-second apart in the final 6:06.

"It takes the absolute wind out of you," Huskies captain Joe Vitale said of the late scores. "You go from a complete high - we had the power play, had the momentum."

In the consolation game, Benn Ferriero scored the tie-breaking goal, his second of the game, with 41.3 seconds left in regulation to lift Boston College to a 4-3 win over Harvard.

Ben Smith and Brian Gibbons scored Boston College's other goals.

Pier-Olivier Michaud of Mont-Joli, Que., had a pair of goals for Harvard (5-14-4) and Nick Coskren had the other.

Lawrence, who scored the winner late in Boston University's 4-3 opening-round victory over Harvard, redirected Wilson's cross-ice pass from the right edge of the crease 65 seconds after NU tied the game in the second period.

Bonino, who scored a pair against Harvard, was the tournament's most valuable player.

Warsofsky and Wilson sealed it with short-handed goals 30 seconds apart in the final 6:06.

Northeastern had tied it on McNeely's goal midway into the second period.

Boston University played in the final for the 25th time in 27 years, and its 12th title in 15 years.

Seconds after Yip fired over the net on a clean breakaway, Bonino sent a shot over goaltender Bard Thiessen's left shoulder to give Boston University a 2-1 edge 27 seconds into the second period.

Even the mostly college-aged crowd cheered when Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, seated in a luxury box, was shown on the Jumbotron.

Skating with a two-man advantage, Boston University moved ahead 1-0 on Cohen's goal late in the opening period.

The Huskies tied it with 25.8 seconds left in the period when McLaughlin charged in and beat a pair of BU players to a loose puck in front of the net.

In the first game, the Eagles (13-9-4), last season's Beanpot and NCAA champions, dominated most of the way, outshooting the Crimson 46-22, before Ferriero scored the winner on wrister from in close.

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