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2013 Beanpot: BC to face Northeastern in title game

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  February 4, 2013 04:00 PM

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It's a final here at TD Garden. Boston College heads to its fourth straight championship game with a 4-1 victory over Harvard. The Eagles will take on Northeastern in next Monday's championship game.

BC scored a fourth goal at 14:58 of the third period as Steven Whitney gave the Eagles a three-goal lead again, making it 4-1.

Harvard broke the shutout at 9:17 of the third period, closing the gap to 3-1, when Crimson captain Danny Biega fired a shot from long range that beat goalie Parker Milner. BC is up by two goals with half a period remaining.

At the end of the second period, Boston College is leading Harvard, 3-0, on two goals by Quinn Smith and a third by defenseman Michael Matheson, who scored on the power play.

Second period - 18:18 - Boston College 2, Harvard 0 - The Eagles have taken a two-goal lead on Quinn Smith's second goal of the night.

First period - 19:31 - Boston College 1, Harvard 0 - The Eagles took the lead with 28.8 seconds in the opening period on Quinn Smith's rebound goal.

First period 14:30 - Luke Greiner nearly scored for Harvard when his shot went off the left post but it was not to be as the scoreless battle continued.

First period, 10:48 - Boston College phenom Johnny Gaudreau had a great scoring opportunity when he caused a turnover and went in on Harvard goaltender Raphael Girard but Harvard freshman defenseman Brayden Jaw swatted the puck away, ending the threat.

The Boston College-Harvard game, which is the second Beanpot Tournament semifinal of the night, is underway.Through nearly seven minutes of play, BC has yet to land a shot on net. Harvard has three.

Northeastern 3, BU 2 Led by three goals from Kevin Roy and strong goaltending from Chris Rawlings -- not to mention a bad mistake by BU -- Northeastern beat the Terriers to advance to the Beanpot final next week.

It was the first time that Northeastern had beaten BU in the tournament since 1988, also the last time Northeastern won the Beanpot.

Roy provided all of the offense for the Huskies, including capitalizing on a bad pass by the Terriers for the goal that put Northeastern up by one in the second period. He added a rebound in the third period to seal the win for Northeastern, a goal that became necessary when BU scored with just over a minute to go.

4:38 3d period, Northeastern 3-1 Hat trick, Roy.

10:10 3d period, Northeastern 2-1 Chris Rawlings of Northeastern has done an impressive job, stopping 28 shots by BU so far. The goalie has helped keep his team in the game, with the Huskies holding onto that one-goal lead with 10 minutes to go.

End of 2d period, Northeastern 2-1 Northeastern managed to kill the five-on-three, plus the first 1:02 of the penalty that followed. The Huskies are really testing their PK unit. But there's good news for Northeastern. The team has the lead after the second period, and the Huskies are 7-1-1 this season when leading after two. BU, meanwhile, is 2-8.

2:57 2d period, Northeastern 2-1 Big test for the Huskies here, as they give BU a five-on-three for 1 minute, 56 seconds. That's a long time to kill.

7:24 2d period, Northeastern 2-1 Northeastern just scored on a bad BU mistake. The BU goalie was out of the goalmouth to collect the puck along the boards, then passed it to Ben Rosen. Rosen attempted a pass to Sean Escobedo, who was close to the front of the open goalmouth. Not the greatest decision. Especially when Kevin Roy was there to knock the puck into the vacated goal.

14:20 2d period, 1-1 The Terriers started strong in the second period, but Northeastern has been putting some pressure on the BU goal as well with a few good scoring chances. NU now goes on the power play with Sean Escobedo going off for tripping. We'll see if the Huskies can take advantage.

End of 1st period, 1-1 Pretty evenly played first period, though I'd have to give the edge to BU in terms of pressure on the net. BU outshot Northeastern, 12-10, in the period, with each team converting one of those shots.

3:52 1st period, 1-1 We've got some four-on-four hockey now.

14:07 1st period, 1-1 BU just tied the score, with a pretty goal from Danny O'Regan. He took the feed on the move in front of the net from Wade Megan, with the other assist going to Evan Rodrigues.

16:03, 1st period, NU 1-0 If you're looking for a history lessson, the last time Northeastern beat BU in the Beanpot was 1988, also the last year NU won the tournament. BU is 31-7 all-time against Northeastern in the Beanpot.

17:51 1st period, NU, 1-0 If Northeastern is trying to change its fortunes, it's certainly started out strong. The Huskies got on the board first with a goal from Kevin Roy. He was assisted by Vinny Saponari. The play was reviewed by officials, and was allowed to stand.

19:20 1st period, 0-0 Strong BU presence here, at least compared to Northeastern. BU has, after all, been a wee bit more successful in the Beanpot than the Huskies. Perhaps Northeastern can change that today.

Pregame: Pretty empty here at the Garden just minutes before the Beanpot kicks off with BU vs. Northeastern. Lot of yellow seats visible.

The puck drops on the 2013 Beanpot hockey tournament Monday at TD Garden. Schedule is as follows:

Game 1: Boston University (13-10-1) vs. Northeastern (7-13-3), 5 p.m.
Game 2: Boston College (15-7-2) vs. Harvard (5-14-1), 8 p.m.

We'll have updates throughout the evening.

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