By Matt Noonan
BOSTON, MA – Here’s a quick summary from the 61st Boston Beanpot’s first contest between Boston University and Northeastern University. The Huskies defeated the Terriers, 3-2, and earned a spot in next Monday’s championship. They’ll face-off against the winner of Boston College-Harvard.
First Period: Northeastern wasted little time following the drop of the puck, as Kevin Roy netted his 13th strike of the season when he rushed in front of the Boston University cage and deposited the puck past goaltender Matt O’Connor (23 saves). The Terriers answered roughly three minutes later, as Danny O’Regan registered his 10th strike of the season, which evened the score at 1. The Huskies fired 15 shots during the frame, 10 on net, while the Terriers whipped the puck at Chris Rawlings (32 saves) 12 times.
Second Period: The Terriers started the period with a great deal of energy, but it vanished following Roy’s second goal of the game. O’Connor retrieved a loose puck behind his net and directed it toward teammate Ben Rosen, who whipped the rubber circle toward an open cage. Roy pounced on the loose puck and netted the go-ahead strike for the Huskies at 12:36.
Third Period: Despite numerous chances by BU’s Garrett Noonan, Matt Nieto and Matt Grzelcyk, the Terriers couldn’t net the go-ahead goal. Roy, though, managed to score his third strike of the game, as he directed a dangling puck that bounced off O’Connor into the back of the net, which secured the win for Northeastern. Sahir Gill scored his only goal of the game at 18:49, but that wasn’t able to spark a late rally.