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Northeastern Claims First Beanpot in 30 Years, Beating BU 5-2

  • Northeastern forward Adam Gaudette (8) fires the puck past Boston University goaltender Jake Oettinger, right, who lost the grip on his stick, on his goal during the first period of the championship game of the Beanpot hockey tournament in Boston, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Harvard forward Seb Lloyd (15) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime during the Beanpot Tournament consolation hockey game in Boston, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Harvard won 5-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Northeastern forward Adam Gaudette (8) celebrates after his goal against Boston University goaltender Jake Oettinger, top, during the first period of the championship game of the Beanpot hockey tournament in Boston, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston University forward Brady Tkachuk (27) is knocked to the ice by Northeastern defenseman Collin Murphy (6) as defenseman Jeremy Davies, right, skates away with the puck during the third period of the championship game of the Beanpot hockey tournament in Boston, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Boston — Adam Gaudette had a hat trick and Cayden Primeau stopped 38 shots on Monday night to lead Northeastern to a 5-2 victory over Boston University in the 66th Beanpot championship game and give the Huskies the city’s college hockey bragging rights for the first time in 30 years.

Nolan Stevens and Trevor Owens also scored for Northeastern, which had lost nine times in the tournament finals since last claiming the trophy in 1988.

BU had won 16 times since then — and 30 times in all — beating the Huskies in the final six straight times before this year.

Held annually on the first two Mondays of February, the tournament pits the area’s four college hockey powers against each other. Harvard, the defending champion, beat Boston College, 5-4, in overtime in the consolation game.

It was Northeastern’s fifth Beanpot title — by far the fewest of the four schools.

No. 12 Northeastern entered the game as the highest-ranked school of the four, and had beaten BU twice in the regular season, 4-1 and 6-1. The Huskies fans seemed to sense that their slump was nearing an end.

Gaudette, who is the leading scorer in the nation, was named the tournament’s most outstanding player. Primeau, a freshman, was given the Eberly Award as the event’s top goaltender.

Jake Oettinger made 22 saves for the Terriers, and Logan Cockerill was credited with BU’s only goal, which was actually tipped into the Northeastern net by Primeau 12:35 into the first period.

Then the Huskies took over.

It’s the first time in Beanpot history that all four schools have won the title in a four-year span. It’s also the first time since BU claimed its first Beanpot title in 1958 that the Terriers have the longest championship drought.