BOSTON (CBS) – After two dramatic, late game-winning goals in the semifinals, the 2015 Beanpot Final matchup is set between the Boston University Terriers and the Northeastern University Huskies.
In Tuesday night’s tournament opener at the TD Garden, 3rd ranked BU squared off against #6 Harvard in what ended up being the longest game in Beanpot history, as BU won 4-3 in double overtime on a goal by junior Danny O’Regan. This was the first win by BU over Harvard in their last five tries spanning three seasons, as O’Regan had lost his previous five matchups to his older brother Tommy, a senior at Harvard.
While Crimson goalie Steve Michalek set a Beanpot record with 63 saves, it wasn’t enough to halt a late game push by the Terriers, who erased a 2nd period 3-1 deficit and scored again at the 2:18 mark in double overtime for the win.
In the nightcap of the college hockey doubleheader, unranked Northeastern shocked 11th ranked Boston College, winning 3-2 on a long wrister by junior defenseman Dustin Darou with 1:34 left in the game. The game was knotted up at two apiece going into the final stanza of play before Darou converted Northeastern’s 23rd shot of the night on BC goalie Thatcher Demko. This is the third straight Beanpot finals appearance for the Huskies, who spoiled Boston College’s chances of winning a sixth consecutive Beanpot title.
Northeastern is looking for its fifth Beanpot title and first since 1988 while Boston University holds the record for most Beanpot titles at 29, but hasn’t won since 2009 when they won the national championship later that year. This is the first matchup of the season between the Huskies and Terriers, who will face off two more times this season on February 27th and 28th in Hockey East conference play.
The 63rd annual Beanpot will return to the TD Garden next Monday February 9th, as the Boston College Eagles face the Harvard Crimson in the consolation at 4:30 pm followed by the championship game at 7:30.