Former Centennials forward Wade MacLeod had a goal and two assists as his Northeastern University Huskies lost in the Beanpot finale.
Here’s the summary from the Huskies website:
The Huskies’ Beanpot hopes were dashed in overtime as Jimmy Hayes scored the game-winning goal to lift top-ranked Boston College to a 7-6 win over the Northeastern men’s ice hockey team in the Beanpot championship on Monday night before a sellout crowd at TD Garden.
Chris Rawlings made 39 saves in the championship game for the Huskies (10-12-6) and won the Eberly Award as the goaltender with the best save percentage in the Beanpot, becoming the fourth Husky in the last six years to take home that prize.
Five different Huskies scored in a wild affair that produced the most goals in a Beanpot game since 2001. Brodie Reid scored twice in the championship game for his first career multiple-goal game as the rookie finished with three goals in his first Beanpot. Wade MacLeod notched a goal and two assists and Tyler McNeely tallied a goal and an assist. Steve Silva and Jamie Oleksiak each posted a pair of assists and Rob Dongara provided a shorthanded tally.
Hayes’ game-winner for the Eagles (22-6-0) came six minutes into the extra frame that was made possible after MacLeod potted a late equalizer at 18:14 of the third period.
Chris Kreider registered the first chance of the game after accepting a pass in between the circle in Northeastern’s zone. Kreider wristed it towards the target, but Rawlings blocked it to smother the opportunity.
At 3:54, Boston College gained the first power play of the contest. Freshman Anthony Bitetto and Brian Gibbons both took offsetting hitting after the whistle infractions, but Luke Eibler’s identical call put BC up a man. Northeastern’s penalty-killing unit swarmed and prevented any auspicious chances.
After the Eagles thwarted a Huskies’ charge, Boston College turned it into the first goal at 9:12. Kevin Hayes carried the puck out of NU’s zone and hit Tommy Cross in stride. Cross flung the puck towards the target and earned a fortuitous bounce off of Drew Daniels’ skate. The puck caromed to the right and crossed up Rawlings to his left for the 1-0 advantage.
The Huskies responded with the extra-man advantage at 17:04 thanks to a one-time blast from Eibler to knot the game up, 1-1. Northeastern cycled down low as sophomore Garrett Vermeersch initiated the scoring play by sweeping the puck up to Oleksiak atop the zone. Oleksiak deferred to Eiber on the top-right corner and teed up a one-timer over John Muse’s right shoulder for the power play blast.
Five seconds after the NU goal, Gibbons took another hitting after the whistle penalty at 17:09. Kreider shadowed Gibbons into the box at 17:33, but a Silva trip negated the 5-on-3.
Silva’s call did not deter NU from potting its second-straight power play goal at 18:12 with a 4-on-3 advantage. Reid and MacLeod played cat-and-mouse right near the blue, but MacLeod’s last pass was right on Reid tape and the rookie rifled another one-timer from the left dot to the back of the net to take the lead, 2-1.
Rawlings made a crucial stop with 24.8 seconds left to keep the one-goal edge after the first 20 minutes. Brian Dumoulin had a point-blank blast six feet in front of Rawlings, but NU’s netminder stood his ground and extinguished the opportunity.
Kreider and Bitetto both took hitting after the whistle penalties to close out the first and the Eagles stormed out of the gates in the second and squashed NU’s momentum with a 4-on-4 tally just 54 seconds into the second frame. Cross was able to jar the puck loose from behind the Huskies net out to Pat Mullane on the near post. Rawlings was out of position and Mullane hurled the puck into the left side of the net to button the game back up, 2-2.
What looked to be another BC opportunity turned into a Huskies short-handed marker at the 2:47 mark of the second frame. Sophomore Robbie Vrolyk was assessed a tripping penalty at 1:52, but a broken play caused by senior Mike Hewkin yielded Dongara’s acrobatic goal. Dongara grabbed the puck off the broken play and motored it one-on-one with a BC defender the length of the ice. Under heavy duress, Dongara roofed the puck as he was tumbling over right past Muse’s mitt to reclaim the lead, 3-2.
Boston College turned right around and sewed it up again on a power play rip at 5:25. The Eagles took advantage of a D. Daniels interference call at 4:23 and crafted a tic-tac-toe tally in NU territory. Dumoulin faked a shot for the right dot and pushed it over to Mullane on the other side. Dumoulin set Kreider up between the circles with a swift dish to nudge the score even once again, 3-3.
At 12:07 of the second, Steven Whitney capitalized on a 4-on-4 situation to recoup the lead for BC. Steven Whitney cashed in on a loose puck on the goal mouth after Cross flung it back from behind to the net to regain the one-goal lead, 4-3.
Nearly a minute and a half later, the Huskies responded to keep the slobber-knocker intact. McNeely emerged from the box after a boarding call (11:12) and registered his fifth-career Beanpot tally at 13:24. Silva fired the disc in from just within the blue line up to MacLeod in the slot. MacLeod tested Muse up high, causing the puck to drop a few feet outside of Muse’s reach. McNeely swooped in from the middle and hammered the back of the net for the fourth tie, 4-4, through the first 40 minutes of action.
Northeastern galloped ahead in the third on a put-back goal from Reid at 8:44 for his second of the contest, 5-4. Sophomore Steve Quailer zoomed down the left side of the sheet and linked up with Oleksiak on the left dot. Oleksiak lined up and chipped the puck off of Muse, but Reid’s pursuit paid off after he crashed the net and ripped the puck top-shelf.
The back-and-forth affair pushed ahead when Bill Arnold netted one to close the gap and tie it again, 5-5. Philip Samuelsson provided Arnold with the rubber in the neutral zone and the rookie was able beat Rawlings on an off-balance flick directly in front of the goalmouth at 10:12.
Newcomer Cody Ferriero took a slashing call at the time of Arnold’s tally to give BC the man-advantage and the Eagles cashed in on transition at 11:44. Kreider gathered the puck after a feathered pass from Jimmy Hayes on the far boards and motored towards the cage. Kreider was crossed up Rawlings in close and won the battle in close to claim the edge once again, 6-5.
For those that thought they got their money’s worth at the TD Garden on Valentine’s Day, MacLeod and Silva injected even more drama at 18:14 on a perfectly-crafted one-time goal to push the game into overtime, setting the stage for the game-winner from Jimmy Hayes.
Muse made 21 saves to earn the win for the Eagles as Boston College held a 46-27 advantage in shots on goal.
The Huskies and Eagles will renew acquaintances this weekend, skating in a home-and-home Hockey East series on Friday night in Chestnut Hill and Saturday night at Matthews Arena.
• This game marked the fourth Beanpot championship game in which the Huskies have gone to overtime. Northeastern won its first Beanpot in overtime against Boston College in 1980 and previously lost overtime championships in 1987 and 2005, both to Boston University.
• The goal from Tyler McNeely with help from Wade MacLeod and Steve Silva marks the fifth straight contest all three forwards have scored in a game.
• With two points tonight, Tyler McNeely now has 96 career points and a career-best seven-game point streak.
• Wade MacLeod concludes his Beanpot career with nine points (2-7-9) and Tyler McNeely finishes with eight points (5-3-8) in eight career Beanpot games.