Dylan Peterson scored BU’s only goal to clinch the Beanpot title.
Two nationally ranked teams have brought the Beanpot Hockey Tournament back to the fore in Boston’s sports hall of fame.
Boston University’s No. 17 last shot on goal was the difference in an entertaining and combative 1-0 win over No. 13 Northeastern in Monday night’s Beanpot title game at TD Garden.
The Terriers won their record 31st Beanpot title and ended the Huskies’ bid for a school-record fourth straight championship.
Northeastern defeated BU 5-4 in double overtime at Beanpot 2020. The 2021 tournament was canceled due to the global pandemic.
The Terriers have improved to 17-10-3 and 13-1-1 in the last 15 games with four Hockey East games remaining. The Huskies fell to 19-9-1.
Both teams played the tournament with their substitute goalkeepers between the posts while the No.1s were away at the Winter Olympics. BU’s Vinny Duplessis started in place of Drew Commesso, who was on the US national team, while TJ Semptimphelter got the nod with Devon Levi on the Canadian team.
Semptimphelter made 69 saves in the tournament and was awarded the Eberly Award for the tournament’s highest save percentage. Duplessis made 19 saves to earn his second shutout of the season.
The Terriers’ fourth line opened the deadlock on a 2-on-1 break at 17:14 of the third period. Jamie Armstrong advanced the puck down the left flank and passed the puck through the low slot to Dylan Peterson.
The Roseville, Calif. junior made Beanpot folklore when he netted his seventh of the season and arguably the most important goal of his college career. Semptimphelter had recorded 28 saves to that point. Peterson left the garden with the Beanpot MVP award.
Duplessis was tested early and often in the first seven minutes and the Huskies settled on the BU side. Semptimphelter took a huge break when sophomore left-winger Luke Tuch’s deflection hit the crossbar at 10:14.
The near miss emboldened the Terriers on offense and led to BU’s penalty shootout advantage at the end of the scoreless first period.
Duplessis and Semptimphelter made huge saves early in the second period as both attacks created good scoring chances. Semptimphelter stoned BU junior center Sam Stevens at the near post at 6:53 a.m. to avoid the deadlock.
While the Huskies couldn’t match BU on shots, they were very creative on their rushes. That kept Duplessis alert, especially in the Huskies’ hunting ground along the end boards. BU took advantage of an 18-9 penalty shootout advantage after two scoreless periods. The last time the Beanpot was scoreless after two periods was in 2016.
Harvard 3, Boston College 3
Boston College extended its winless streak to 12 games with a 3-3 draw with Harvard in the Beanpot consolation game.
The Eagles blew a two-goal lead in the third period and are now 0-10-2 in their last 12 games and 10-15-5 this season with six Hockey East games remaining. Harvard is 13-8-3 in the first game to be drawn in tournament history.
“Giving up a two-goal lead in the third period is something we need to fix,” BC coach Jerry York said. “We really have to go and the playoffs (Hockey East) are coming very quickly.”
Harvard cut BC’s lead to 3-2 at 1:08 of the third. Freshman left victory Alex Gaffney filed a feed from Alex Laferriere inside the near post for his fourth of the year. Harvard tied the game 3-3 when Jack Donato pushed a rebound from Jack Bar at 15:02.
“Obviously we don’t want to play from behind,” said Jack Donato. “To start the third and get one in the early shifts and then take the game to the end. The whole group was pretty positive on the bench.