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Northeastern won the Beanpot for the second year in a row. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

Full Coverage of the 2019 Beanpot Final

The 14th-ranked Huskies became the first team at Northeastern to win back-to-back titles since 1984-85, when gas cost $1.09 per gallon, the first dot-com was registered, and coach Jim Madigan was playing for the red and black. News@Northeastern was there to capture all the action behind the scenes and on the ice.

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The 14th-ranked Huskies became the first team at Northeastern to win back-to-back titles since 1984-85, when gas cost $1.09, the first dot-com was registered, and coach Jim Madigan was playing for the red and black. Award-winning photographers Matthew Modoono and Adam Glanzman were there to capture all the action behind the scenes and on the ice.

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Five keys to Northeastern’s Beanpot victory

The Huskies won their second straight Beanpot title on Monday at TD Garden. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Two Beanpots. Two championships. Two entirely different styles spaced one year apart.

The ingredients of Northeastern’s first back-to-back Beanpot titles since 1984-85 covered the spectrum of winning hockey. Last year, the Huskies won with star power up front; on Monday, they defended their title with a defensive stance around goaltender Cayden Primeau (the tournament’s Most Valuable Player) and aggressive contributions from everyone.

Here’s how the Huskies have turned themselves into the best of Boston.

Timely scoring. In the semifinal last Monday, Patrick Schule needed fewer than four minutes to open the scoring in a 2-1 overtime win against Boston University. One week later, Austin Plevy gave the Huskies a crucial 1-0 lead that led to their eventual 4-2 win over Boston College in the final.

“We’ve been struggling to score goals and [been] a little bit inconsistent,” Northeastern coach Jim Madigan said. “We get that first one, it just takes off the pressure.”

The Huskies spent the early weeks of this season developing the identity of a come-from-behind team that won five times with comebacks in the third period. But that model wasn’t sustainable. Over the past three weeks they had lost five of six Hockey East games by an aggregate score of 20-7; the early goals against BU and BC relieved the angst, enabling them to play to their defensive strengths.

The Huskies scored the first three goals of the Beanpot final. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

It also helped that Northeastern’s first three goals were scored by seniors—showings of leadership in a high-stakes game.

The line change. As the “home” team for the final, Madigan was able to make changes in response to the lines put out by BC. Madigan revealed an aggressive mentality by seeking to match his first or second line against BC’s fourth line in the early going. Plevy, a fourth-string forward, was grouped with second-liners Lincoln Griffin and Zach Solow when he knocked the puck loose from BC goalie Joe Woll for the opening score.

Later, as forward David Cotton threatened to swing the game for the Eagles, Madigan appeared to be focused on neutralizing BC’s top line with optimism that Northeastern’s superior depth would prevail in other matchups. BC won 43 of 65 faceoffs and yet played from behind over the final two periods while generating as many shots (35) as Northeastern.

“Usually when we win faceoffs like that,” said BC coach Jerry York, “we win the game.”

Primeau’s prime. The Huskies didn’t simply rely on their sophomore goalie to bail them out. His teammates blocked shots and pushed BC out to the edges throughout the first two periods, until Cotton led a sustained rush to almost recover from BC’s 3-0 deficit. The Eagles outshot Northeastern 15-9 in the third period while pressuring Primeau over the final 7:46, when the Huskies held a scant one-goal lead until Solow’s empty netter with 5 seconds left.

Primeau stopped 59 of 62 shots in two games to earn the Eberly Award as the Beanpot’s top goalie for the second straight year. Just last month he was leading the United States to a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in Vancouver.

Head coach Jim Madigan bumps fists with a player before the Beanpot final. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

“My only concern is he’s having so much success, the red, white, and blue in Montreal might be coming after him sooner rather than later,” said Madigan, referring to the Montreal Canadiens’ claim on Primeau after stealing him with a seventh-round pick in 2017. “But that’s a good thing.”

Tyler Madden, game-changer. Nearing the end of the second period, Madden took on three Eagles—somehow keeping his balance while cutting back upstream—on his way to leaving the puck for Matt Thomson to assist Schule’s goal for a 2-0 Northeastern lead.

Madden has scored only 9 goals, but his stats aren’t nearly so important as the quality of his play. That assist was more artistic and almost as important as the breakaway he finished to win the overtime semifinal against BU. As the freshman continues to mature into his leadership role offensively, the Huskies will be hoping for an extended NCAA Tournament run around their dynamic of Primeau-led defense, depth, and opportunistic scoring.

The DogHouse. Is the landscape shifting in Boston? BU (with 30 titles) and BC (20) have dominated the Beanpot historically, but they are now enduring the longest championship droughts at four and three years, respectively.

To put it another way: While BC has won seven of the past 12 Beanpots, the Eagles have now lost four straight tournament games to the Huskies.

The new expectations and confidence of Northeastern hockey were voiced across both nights at TD Garden by the DogHouse of students who set a university record by purchasing more than 1,800 tickets for the Beanpot final. Players say they provide the Huskies with the best home ice advantage in Boston, as well as a sense of momentum as Madigan continues to reach high.

“Next year we’ve got to win three [in a row],” Madigan said. “We’ve never won three.”

Northeastern repeats as Beanpot champs with 4-2 defeat of BC

It was another one of those nights that Northeastern, its former players, and all of its fans have been seeking for the better part of three decades. The No. 14 Huskies beat Boston College 4-2 in the final of the 67th Beanpot at TD Garden on Monday night in a celebration of their first back-to-back triumphs since 1984-85 in Boston’s elite college hockey tournament. With 5.3 seconds remaining, the upper deck of Northeastern students and fans made enough noise to fill the building as Zach Solow finished the night with an empty-net goal that enabled these Huskies to celebrate as no…

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Huskies hold 3-1 lead in third period

The Huskies extended their lead to 3-0 early in the third period when forward Lincoln Griffin roofed a backhanded shot over Eagles goaltender Jonathan Woll. But BC cut the lead to 3-1 two minutes later when Eagles leading scorer David Cotton lofted a backhanded shot over the right pad of Northeastern goalie Cayden Primeau. The Eagles were controlling possession in the middle period—Cotton was in the middle of everything—but they entered the third with a two-goal deficit thanks to a virtuoso move down the right side by Tyler Madden, the freshman whose overtime goal won the semifinal over Boston University last week.

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Huskies fans stoked as Northeastern draws first blood

Northeastern broke through with 38.8 seconds left in the opening period when a shot by Jordan Harris was picked up behind the goal and wrapped around by Lincoln Griffin. That was when BC goaltender Joseph Woll appeared to lose touch with the puck: His glove had saved it, but he was looking behind him to see if it was in the net. Before he realized the puck was still in play, Austin Plevy—a fourth-line forward with only two goals this season—knocked it loose puck for an opening goal. It was a heartbreaking result for the Eagles, who had withstood an early run of attack by…

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Furious action to start first period

We’re not even midway through the first period, and both teams have had incredible scoring chances. Northeastern forward Biagio Lerario nearly scored a goal early on. Boston College goalie Joseph Woll sprawled out to make a save and Lerario tried repeatedly to stuff the puck in the net with his stick, but Woll covered up the puck with his pads before it could slide past the goal line.  Then, a few moments later, there was furious activity in front the Northeastern net. As the puck trickled toward the net, a Boston College player slid and knocked the goal…

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Will Beanpot title game be a defensive battle?

Will this year’s Beanpot tournament be the lowest-scoring ever? A player tapes his stick before the Beanpot final. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University Only 13 goals scored have been scored in the first three games of the tournament, counting the semifinal round games last week and the consolation game earlier today between Boston University and Harvard University. The fewest number of goals ever scored in a Beanpot tournament is 15, in 2007. That means a 1-0 result tonight in the championship game would break the record. There’s a chance these two teams could do it. Between them, Northeastern and BC have played three…

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The Huskies have arrived at TD Garden

The Northeastern men’s hockey team has arrived at TD Garden in Boston. The Huskies stepped off the team bus at 5:15 p.m. donning suits and ties and sporting a determined look in their eyes, as they prepare to defend the Beanpot championship tonight against Boston College. Fewer than two hours remain before the puck drops in the championship game, the winner of which will earn bragging rights in Boston for the next year.

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Will Northeastern reverse another trend by defending its Beanpot title?

Northeastern will be meeting Boston College in the Beanpot final Monday night at 7:30 p.m. at TD Garden. The Huskies can become the first Northeastern team to win back-to-back Beanpot titles since 1984-85. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Twelve months ago, the Northeastern men succeeded in winning the Beanpot for the first time in 30 years. The next item on the 13-ranked Huskies’ bucket list is to become the first team at Northeastern to win back-to-back titles for the first time since 1984-85, when gas cost $1.09 per gallon, the first dot-com was registered, and coach Jim Madigan was playing for the Huskies.

Northeastern (16-9-1) is favored to beat Boston College (10-12-3) in the Beanpot final Monday night at 7:30 at TD Garden.

Why are the Huskies expected to prevail? For starters, they tend to win the close ones. They have a 9-3-0 record in one-goal games, their best showing since 2008-09.

Sounds exciting. It has been. Northeastern has made a habit of saving its best for last, with 39 goals in the third period or overtime—more than they’ve generated throughout the opening two periods this season.

Graphic by Hannah Moore/Northeastern University

Will playing at a neutral site create a challenge for the Huskies? If you go by fan support, the Huskies have the best home-ice advantage in the city of Boston, and yet, they have played better this season away from home (10-4-0) than at Matthews Arena (6-5-1). On the road, they’ve outscored opponents 41-27 and killed penalties at a laudable rate of 87.8 percent. All of this is trending in a positive way as they look forward to Monday night at TD Garden.

What about their recent losses? Those haven’t been promising. That’s a fair enough point. Apart from their rousing 2-1 win over Boston University last week in the Beanpot semifinal, the Huskies have lost four straight Hockey East games (to Connecticut, UMass-Lowell, and twice to Providence College) by a combined 13-4.

Which team will show up? Will it be the Huskies who knocked off then-No. 1 UMass 2-1 at Matthews on Jan. 19? Or the Huskies who were blown out 6-1 against the same opponent one night earlier in Amherst?

It’s not as though BC has been tearing through opponents either. This has been a difficult year for the Eagles, as affirmed by their losing record. Only three seniors played for BC in its 2-1 semifinal win over Harvard. But goalie Joe Woll is excellent, forwards David Cotton and Oliver Wahlstrom are dangerous, and never forget that this is a tournament famous for its upsets.

Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

How about Tyler Madden? He is turning into a fascinating player. He’s a freshman forward from Deerfield Beach, Florida, the son of three-time Stanley Cup champion John Madden, and he has boundless confidence. “They were bright lights out there,” Madden said after scoring the winning goal in the first minute of overtime in the semifinal round of the Beanpot. “And I shine in those.”

Madden scored goals in his first three games at Northeastern. He scored another three goals while on leave at the World Junior Championships last month. He scored the overtime winner against UMass. He has totaled only nine goals for the Huskies, and yet virtually all of them have been notable.

Who will be the key player for Northeastern? Goaltender Cayden Primeau (26 saves) was spectacular against BU while snuffing out two breakaways by Joel Farabee, a first-round pick of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers. But the star of the game was Hobey Baker nominee Jeremy Davies, based on his defense, his attacking transitions, and his three-line pass that sprung open Madden for the winning goal.

Northeastern advances to Beanpot final with 2-1 overtime victory over BU

Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

It had all the makings of a sequel that would never end. Then a snap of Jeremy Davies’ wrists pushed the puck across the lines to Northeastern freshman Tyler Madden, who appeared not at all worried, even though the semifinal of his first Beanpot hinged on the decision he would make 51 seconds into overtime.

His breakaway trickled past the left pad of Boston University goaltender Jake Oettinger, and then Madden vanished beneath the happy shadows of his black-uniformed teammates.

“They were bright lights out there,” Madden said after the win. “And I shine in those.”

Photos by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University and Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Twelve months after their first Beanpot championship in 30 years, the Huskies beat BU 2-1 Monday at TD Garden to advance to the final. There they will have the opportunity to earn Northeastern’s first back-to-back championships since 1984-85, when coach Jim Madigan was playing for the Huskies.

Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

The Huskies (16-8-1) will be meeting Boston College (10-12-3), a 2-1 winner over Harvard in the opening semifinal.

Adding to the suspense of living up to last year’s triumph was the discouraging fact that Northeastern had lost three straight games, by an aggregate 10-2, entering this defining semifinal.

“Not getting the results we want the last few games, this was a really big, emotional point for our team,” Madigan said. “We talked the other day, here’s an opportunity for this team to put itself in the category of one of the best Northeastern teams. We talked about compartmentalizing: Let’s take care of part one.”

Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

The reunion with the Terriers (10-12-3), who lost to the Huskies 5-2 in the final last year, turned into a goalie showdown between Northeastern’s Cayden Primeau and Oettinger, whose 47 saves made up for his team’s deficiencies. BU was outshot 35-16 over the final two scoreless periods of regulation.

Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

“We were dominating them,” Primeau said. “We knew we weren’t leaving this building without a win.”

The Huskies should have expected a more prolific result based on their opening goal 3:14 into the semifinal, when they took advantage of a BU line change (much as Davies’s winning assist would exploit another line change hours later). The Terrier forwards didn’t circulate back defensively as Northeastern’s Patrick Schule separated possession from Cam Crotty then slammed home the ensuing cross from Liam Pecararo to open the scoring.

Photos by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

Schule joined junior wing Matt Filipe as the only Huskies with goal-scoring experience at this event (Filipe’s two goals having come in the 2016 consolation game). As happily as they recalled their memories of last year, these Huskies recognized that they were telling a story all their own.

Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

BU freshman Joel Farabee responded to the early goal while demonstrating why the Philadelphia Flyers drafted him in the first round. He cleaned up a rebound off the back wall, cleverly ricocheting it off the back of Primeau’s left skate 21 seconds before the first intermission.

But Primeau would go on to snuff out a pair of Farabee breakaways over a span of three minutes in the second period. The two had practiced together throughout the World Junior Championships last month, which raised the question: Had Farabee shown his teammate all of his moves?

Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

In the third period, the Huskies conjured up the same extended burst of energy that had carried them through this tournament last year. They assaulted Oettinger incessantly while outshooting the Terriers 24-8 in the final set, but BU’s goalie, who has been unpredictable for much of this season, was impenetrable now. Both teams squandered power plays in the final six minutes of regulation, and into overtime they went.

One year ago, the Huskies broke their Beanpot curse with a triumph that will never be forgotten by all who experienced it. On Monday night, they made last year seem entirely normal.

Photos by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

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Everything you need to know about the Beanpot

The 67th Beanpot opens Monday at TD Garden, and Northeastern is a favorite to successfully defend its championship. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

The 67th Beanpot opens Monday at TD Garden, and Northeastern is a favorite to successfully defend its championship. Here’s everything you need to know about Boston’s elite college hockey tournament.

Who is Northeastern’s first opponent? The Huskies will play Boston University in the latter semifinal at 8 p.m. on Monday at TD Garden. The winner will advance to the championship one week later (Feb. 11) against Boston College or Harvard, who are meeting in the other semifinal Monday at 5 p.m.

This position of strength must feel routine to the Huskies. They won the Beanpot last year, and now they’re in good shape to win it again this year. Quite the opposite, actually: They’re entering the Beanpot as defending champs for the first time in 30 years. Their triumph last year was a huge breakthrough for coach Jim Madigan, a former Northeastern player who has been rebuilding the program since 2011.

Nonetheless, you’re saying they have a good chance to win again. I’m guessing the best players from last year are still leading this team? Not really. Their top three scorers from a year ago—when they totaled almost 200 points offensively—are all gone, including Adam Gaudette, winner of the Hobey Baker award as the nation’s best player. He’s with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks now.

So who’s scoring the goals? The real question is who is stopping them. The two best players are goaltender Cayden Primeau, a star of the recent World Junior Championships in Canada, and defenseman Jeremy Davies. Both are Hobey Baker nominees, and the Huskies have built a defensive identity around them. Teamwork and depth have driven them to the second-best start in program history.

In that case, they sound like a team that needs to get out to an early lead. Not exactly. The Huskies already have won five games that they were trailing after two periods. Which means they have more final-period comebacks this season than in the previous three years combined.

I’m having a hard time figuring this team out. That’s what makes them so endearing. They keep the games tight, for the most part, they always believe they have a chance, and they never know who is going to score the winning goal. Last year’s Big Three of Gaudette (30 goals), Nolan Stevens (24), and Dylan Sikura (22) accounted for 56 percent of Northeastern’s scoring. The leader this year is Zach Solow with 11. These Huskies come at you with line after line, and there’s never any telling when the goals will come.

What can you tell me about BU? The Terriers are young and highly talented, as always. At 10-10-3, however, they’ve had trouble scoring, and they’ve been prone to surrendering soft goals. But goalie Jake Oettinger is a first-round pick of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, and if he’s having a hot night, then he and Primeau may produce a low-scoring showdown.

It sounds like Northeastern has cleaned up against BU so far this year. Sorry. The Terriers earned a 5-5 draw at Matthews Arena, then went home to thump Northeastern 4-1. But those games were three months ago. More relevant to this Beanpot will be the Terriers’ memories of last year, when they surrendered an early 1-0 lead on their way to a 5-2 loss to Northeastern in the final. BU’s seniors haven’t won a Beanpot, and that hunger could be an important factor on Monday.

What is Northeastern’s motivation? The Huskies want to prove they can do it again, and in a different way than last year. Their character was revealed a couple of weeks ago, when they responded to a 6-1 beating at No. 1 UMass by knocking off the Minutemen 2-1 in overtime one night later at Matthews behind a career-best 45 saves by Primeau.

Another Northeastern advantage will come from its students, who have bought more than 1,000 tickets and are expected to provide the noisiest support at TD Garden.

So how do you think this will go? There’s no predicting an outcome for either of these teams. Expect a tight, low-scoring game, with power plays making the ultimate difference.

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