The 57th annual Beanpot tournament took off last night at the TD Banknorth Garden. The lasting tradition features Boston University, Harvard, Northeastern University, and Boston College, as they compete for bragging rights for what school best represents Boston Hockey for the year.
The tournament opened up with #1 ranked Boston University against Harvard. B.U. managed to barely escape with a 4-3 win. Harvard started hot scoring the first two goals of the game. B.U. quickly responded with two goals of their own 1:43 seconds apart. The third period started with B.U. Junior Zach Cohen scoring to take the lead, only for Harvard to tie the game back up three minutes later. With
two minutes left Terriers Jason Lawrence scored the go ahead goal. Harvard then took control and got a shot off past goalie Kieren Millan, but the puck crossed the goal line one second too late and was beat by the buzzer.
The Following game featured Northeastern as they soared over the defending champion B.C. Eagles 6-1. Brad Thiessen came up with 45 saves as the Huskies advance to their first Beanpot final in four years. The game was tied 1-1 in the first period when Greg Costa scored off a rebound to give Northeastern the lead. The Huskies cruised from there scoring four more goals as Thiessen stopped everything that came his way.
Theissen will look to lead Northeastern next Monday as they take on B.U. in the finals. Harvard will face off against B.C. in the consolation match. Look for a high intense atmosphere in the Garden between the players on the ice and between rival fans side by side in the stands.
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