It’s not as though there hadn’t been hat tricks in a Beanpot before, but few if any were like this one. Freshman Kevin Roy scored three goals against Boston University in last week’s opener from a total distance of maybe 20 feet, batting in the second and third periods as if waving a wand.

“He’s always been able to do that,” testified brother Derick Roy, his Northeastern teammate who has witnessed Kevin’s magic tricks since they were playing in the basement as kids.

The difference this time was that the younger sibling put on his sleight-of-hand show in his TD Garden debut against a Terrier team that had beaten the Huskies in 15 straight Beanpot games since 1988, and he put NU in a position to win the silver ovenware for the first time in a quarter-century.