By Matt Noonan
BOSTON, MA – Northeastern University [9-11-6] kicked off the 59th Annual Boston Beanpot tournament on Monday with an enormous win over Harvard University [4-18-0], 4-0.
“Our special teams were a big factor offensively. I think we were sloppy [and] had some chances, [but] our defense [did] a good job cleaning out the puck [and] did a good job limiting chances,” said Northeastern University head coach Greg Cronin.
The game began with both Harvard and Northeastern trading shots in the opponents zone, although, the scoreless tie changed eventually when Huskies forward Mike McLaughlin scored his first of two goals halfway through the first period. This particular goal gave the Huskies a much-needed spark for the remainder of the game.
“I know when I came on my visit [to Northeastern University], Northeastern lost to Harvard [in the Beanpot tournament] and it kind of stuck in my mind. [Tyler] McNeely and all the seniors stressed that point, but I don’t think it matters who you play, you just want to play your game and make it to the second game,” said McLaughlin.
Northeastern would add to their small lead in the second period, as they combined for three goals in 20-minutes. McLaughlin netted his second goal during the first two minutes of the period. The Huskies then added a third goal when Steve Silva scored halfway through the second period.
Despite their 3-0 lead, the Huskies weren’t done scoring, as they watched Reid Brodie find the back of the net and beat Harvard’s goaltender, Ryan Carroll (20-saves) before the second period had officially ended. This particular goal secured a large lead and eventually helped Northeastern punch their ticket to yet another Beanpot championship.
Harvard attempted a small comeback during the final few minutes of the third period, but it was unsuccessful.
“Being from far away in Vancouver, you don’t really know a lot about the Beanpot, but once you get here, you find out it is one of the biggest tournaments in all of college hockey, especially in Boston. It is just nice to contribute today,” said Northeastern goaltender Chris Rawlings.
Northeastern will face Boston College in the championship and will look to earn their fifth tournament trophy in school history.
“[All I have to say is] congratulations to Northeastern. They outplayed us in every facet of the game,” said Harvard University head coach Ted Donato.