Wednesday, February 4, 2015

BC's Beanpot Streak Ends at Five

There will be no Beanpot six-pack for the Boston College men's hockey team. Dustin Darou's wrist shot with 1:34 remaining in regulation made it past a screened Thatcher Demko (20 saves) to lift Northeastern to a 3-2 win over No. 11 BC in the second Beanpot Tournament semifinal on Monday night at TD Garden.

The Huskies will make it an all-canine Hockey East contest next Monday night, when they face No. 3 Boston University. The Terriers edged No. 6 Harvard, 4-3, in double overtime in the first semifinal on a Danny O'Regan goal just 2:18 into the second extra session, on BU's 67th shot on goal. BU will be seeking its record 30th Beanpot crown, and first since 2009, while four-time winner Northeastern hasn't celebrated on Causeway Street in February since 1988.

Prior to that, BC, which had won every Beanpot since 2010, will meet Harvard in the consolation game, which could have a major effect on the Pairwise rankings regarding the NCAA Tournament selection. The Crimson and Eagles sit just one spot apart at present, in 11th and 12th place, respectively. Harvard won at BC, 6-3, back in November.

The women's Beanpot will be a reversed field next Tuesday, with No. 1 BC and No. 4 Harvard meeting for the trophy at Bright Hockey Center in Cambridge. BC ousted Northeastern, 3-1, last night, with Haley Skarupa notching the game-winner midway through the third period. The Eagles will seek their third straight title next week against No. 4 Harvard, which blasted No. 6 BU, 9-2, behind two goals apiece from Hillary Crowe and Jessica Parker.

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