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NU outlasts BC to win second consecutive Beanpot

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NU outlasts BC to win second consecutive Beanpot

The Huskies crowd around captain Eric Williams as he lifts the Beanpot trophy after NU beat BC, 4-2 at TD Garden Monday night.

The Huskies crowd around captain Eric Williams as he lifts the Beanpot trophy after NU beat BC, 4-2 at TD Garden Monday night.

Dylan Shen

The Huskies crowd around captain Eric Williams as he lifts the Beanpot trophy after NU beat BC, 4-2 at TD Garden Monday night.

Dylan Shen

Dylan Shen

The Huskies crowd around captain Eric Williams as he lifts the Beanpot trophy after NU beat BC, 4-2 at TD Garden Monday night.

Marisa Goolgasian, news staff

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The DogHouse, spanning about 10 sections of TD Garden’s balcony, erupted as Northeastern captain Eric Williams triumphantly hoisted the iconic Beanpot trophy into the air for the second year Monday night. The Huskies beat Boston College, 4-2, for their second consecutive tournament win and sixth overall.

“It’s incredible. It’s such a great feeling, to get a win in my last Beanpot tournament, but I’m also extremely happy for the freshmen who haven’t experienced this feeling yet,” Williams said. “It’s an amazing feeling and something none of us are ever going to forget.

“I wish I could play in this tournament every year until the day I die.”

Four different Huskies scored: Austin Plevy, Lincoln Griffin, Patrick Schule and Zach Solow. Cayden Primeau got the win in net saving 33 of 35 shots.

This championship victory over the Eagles proved the Beanpot drought that plagued the Huskies for 30 years prior to the 2018 tournament is not likely to return any time soon. This win made the Huskies the first team in five years to win the tournament in back-to-back years and the second Northeastern team in tournament history to do so.

There were excellent opportunities on both sides throughout the first period. Northeastern’s offense was aggressive from the start, outshooting BC in the first and scoring the first goal of the game with under a minute left in the period, a greasy punch-in goal at the crease scored by the senior forward Plevy. Early in the period, BC appeared to score the first goal, but it was determined that the puck didn’t go in before the net was dislodged, allowing NU to get the game’s first goal.

The Huskies outshot the Eagles again in the second period, this time 12-8. Northeastern remained aggressive throughout the middle frame, holding back BC and finally putting another goal on the board at 17:54 when senior forward Schule ripped a shot into the left corner of the net off a pass from freshman forward Matt Thompson from behind the net.

The score quickly improved to 3-0 early in the third when Griffin scored at 1:25 off of a rebound from a blocked shot from senior forward Liam Pecararo. At this point the Huskies may have started to become complacent, and BC’s desperation started to yield results.

The Eagles scored twice in 6 minutes, one at 4:09 from junior forward David Cotton and one at 12:14 from senior forward JD Dudek. The Huskies, forced to refocus and ramp their efforts back up, fought hard until the end, when sophomore forward Zach Solow scored on an empty net with less than six seconds to go, bringing the final score to 4-2.

Goaltending was impressive on both ends tonight but NU sophomore tender Cayden Primeau stood out, saving 33 of 35 shots in the game. This stellar performance earned Primeau not only the Eberly Award for the tournament’s top goalie, but the MVP award as well.

“He was unbelievable tonight and last week,” Williams said of Primeau. “We don’t win this tournament without him. He gives our team so much confidence … He bailed us out several times tonight.”

After a generation of NU fans grew up without seeing a Beanpot victory, Primeau has played at the school for two years without knowing a loss.

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