Beanpot champs again, NU seniors get a lasting memory

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Beanpot champs again, NU seniors get a lasting memory

NU senior forward Austin Plevy tucks a puck past BC goalie Joe Woll.

NU senior forward Austin Plevy tucks a puck past BC goalie Joe Woll.

Dylan Shen

NU senior forward Austin Plevy tucks a puck past BC goalie Joe Woll.

Dylan Shen

Dylan Shen

NU senior forward Austin Plevy tucks a puck past BC goalie Joe Woll.

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After a phenomenal performance from his classmates, senior captain Eric Williams thrust the Beanpot trophy into the air in celebration and was swarmed by his fellow Huskies. Williams and his fellow seniors exited their final Beanpot with a second-straight trophy.

One look at NU’s attacking lines makes it evident how important the seniors are to this team. There are five senior Husky forwards who played tonight, and one defenseman: Patrick Schule, Brandon Hawkins, Liam Pecararo, Lincoln Griffin, Austin Plevy and Williams. Together, they scored three goals and three assists Monday against BC.

“The senior leadership and the older guys were really good on the bench and Cayden Primeau I thought was just outstanding tonight and was deserving of the awards that he got,” head coach Jim Madigan said.

Plevy was the first to strike for Northeastern in the first period. After a wraparound attempt from Griffin was saved by BC goalie Joseph Woll, the rebound lingered in front of the net and Plevy was able to jab his stick into the scrum. Woll lost control of the puck and Plevy found the space he needed to get the final touch and the opening goal.

A native of British Columbia, Plevy’s goal Monday was his third of the year. Despite being a senior, this is his first year with the Huskies after he spent three seasons at UMass. His goal tonight disrupts his visually-pleasing career line. Before Monday, he was sitting on 22-33-55.

“He had a lot of blocked shots today, too,” Madigan said. “I think he had three … and that was a huge goal. We needed that. At the doorfront, that’s where he scores, he’s in tight, got a good stick. We needed to get that first goal.”

Next to contribute was Schule, who netted his second goal of the tournament. After Matt Thomson went behind the net to find Schule with a pass in the slot, the senior still had plenty of work to do. He got remarkable power on his wrister, which beat Woll at his near post and left the keeper stunned. Schule skated away and slid into his trademark archer celebration, firing his imaginary arrow up into the stands to uproarious cheers.

Schule’s goal was his ninth of the year, and he’s made his impact felt at NU in his 95 career games.

“His consistency has been really good all year long,” Madigan said. “He’s had a lot of looks also and he’s worked his tail off. He has made the most of his senior year and has contributed tremendously to our team. He gets a goal here tonight, and Lincoln Griffin gets a goal, those are two big seniors who have worked really hard for this program.”

Griffin got the third goal, which put NU up 3-0 in the third, to go with his assist on Plevy’s score. The forward found a loose puck after Pecararo’s shot was saved by Woll. He skated in between the circles and flicked the puck over Woll as the BC keeper lay on the ground, and the Huskies had their third.

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Lincoln Griffin, a senior forward, is all smiles after winning the second Beanpot title of his NU career.

Pecararo had the assist for Griffin’s goal, and was a constant threat throughout the game. The forward was strong going forward on the rush, and he supplied two shots on goal to keep pressure on Woll.

Pecararo has had a solid year for the Huskies with six goals and now 11 assists. His career numbers are low with only 26 total points, but his contributions to the team this season have been vital.

Hawkins was thorn in the side of BC throughout the game. Though the forward did not register a point, he totaled four shots on goal and seven attempts in the game. He has 22 points on the season, tied for the team lead.

The final goal came from sophomore Zach Solow, after some clever work from Griffin once again. After Matt Filipe broke forward toward an empty net, he pinned the puck against the boards to waste some time before the puck came out to Griffin. Griffin found Solow, and he made no mistake. The three forwards raced together towards the corner and leaped against the glass in celebration as the Huskies wrapped up their second straight title.

Griffin’s performance was one to remember. The forward scored one, helped on two, registered six shots on goal and blocked two BC shots. The showing brings him up to 15 points on the year, and 48 for his career. One of his two blocks came on a big BC chance late in the game, and it gave the Huskies a little extra boost.

“Someone talked about the blocked shots and I think [Griffin] led the way in blocking shots,” Madigan said. “Second effort, down low in our d-zone, things that don’t show up on the scoresheet, he was really good.

“When you get a big blocked shot, you can hear the bench. It creates momentum for your team, and there’s times where you need momentum, and a big blocked shot will provide that, just like an O-zone play, that blocked shot is key, and he did that for us.”

Captain Williams added a block in the defense, but his biggest contribution to the team was his leadership. The defenseman has had 11 points this year on three goals and eight assists, and he supplies help for the rest of the team both on and off the ice.

“It’s an amazing feeling and something none of us are ever going to forget,” Williams said of winning in his last year. “I wish I could play in this tournament every year until the day I die.”

Madigan won the tournament twice during his playing days at Northeastern, including in his senior year. While he will lose many valuable players from his team at the end of the season, he knows that they won’t lose this moment.

“I was fortunate to win this event as a senior, and you remember it a little bit more than if you were a freshman or sophomore or junior,” Madigan said. “So for those guys who are graduating, it’s a special, special feeling.”