2015 Beanpot Final Live: Boston University Defeats Northeastern 4-3 In OT

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Overtime, 0:51, 4-3 BU: Bruins prospect and BU defenseman Matt Grzelcyk scores a power-play goal on a shot from the point and Boston University has won its first Beanpot championship since 2009 and 30th overall. Jack Eichel picked up an assist.

Overtime, 0:09, 3-3: Huskies defenseman Matt Benning is penalized for hooking behind the Northeastern net. BU will go on the power play.

Overtime, 0:01, 3-3: Play has resumed. The Jack Eichel line starts the OT period for BU.

End of Regulation, 3-3

We’re headed to overtime. BU is aiming for its first Beanpot title since 2009, while Northeastern hasn’t won since 1988.

Overtime will begin at approximately 10:11 pm ET. [tweet https://twitter.com/alex_faust/status/570056971895906305 align=”center”]

Third Period, 18:00, 3-3: Both teams are trading quality scoring chances with the pace of play picking up as the adrenaline kicks in. Huskies forward Kevin Roy nearly beat Matt O’Connor five-hole, but the BU goalie stopped the puck with his left pad and flung it into the corner.

Third Period, 10:43, 3-3: Northeastern has tied the game! A lengthy scramble in front of the net ended with Huskies defenseman Dustin Darou jamming it past BU goalie Matt O’Connor. Darou scored the game-winner against Boston College in the Beanpot semifinals two weeks ago. He had scored one goal in 63 career games prior to this year’s Beanpot tournament.

That’s two goals for Northeastern in the last 95 seconds.

BU has taken its timeout.

Third Period, 9:08, 3-2 BU: Anaheim Ducks prospect Kevin Roy, who’s also Northeastern’s leading scorer, trims the deficit to one with his 17th goal of the season. He unleashed a powerful shot from the slot and beat BU goalie Matt O’Connor stick side.

Third Period, 9:00, 3-1 BU: Terriers goaltender Matt O’Connor is thwarting every Huskies scoring chance and has 27 saves so far.

Third Period, 3:52, 3-1 BU: Terriers goalie Matt O’Connor makes two good saves on a wraparound shot and rebound chance from Northeastern’s Adam Reid. The Huskies have a 26-25 edge in shots on goal.

Third Period, 0:01, 3-1 BU: Play has resumed.

Second Intermission, BU 3-1

Second Period, 18:22, 3-1 BU: The Terriers kill the penalty and we’re back to even strength.

Second Period, 16:22, 3-1 BU: Northeastern will go on a much-needed power play — its third of the game — after BU’s Mike Moran is penalized for boarding.

Second Period, 14:18, 3-1 BU: Bruins prospect and BU defenseman Matt Grzelcyk scores on a shot from the left point, and the Terriers have their first two-goal lead.

Second Period, 13:19, 2-1 BU: Northeastern created a few quality scoring chances in the low slot, but Matt O’Connor made a few clutch saves to help BU kill the penalty. We’re back to 5-on-5.

Second Period, 11:18, 2-1 BU: BU’s John MacLeod has takes an interference penalty behind the play and will head to the box. The Huskies will go on their second power play of the game. They’re 0-for-1 so far.

Second Period, 5:31, 2-1 BU: BU has regained the lead. Robbie Baillargeon capitalized on a rebound at the side of the net after Northeastern goalie Clay Witt made a right-pad save to deny Cason Hohmann from the slot. It’s Baillargeon’s second goal of the season and fourth point in the last four games.

Second Period, 3:10, 1-1: The Huskies kill the penalty, and we’re back to even strength.

Second Period, 1:26, 1-1: Northeastern’s power play ended with 16 seconds remaining when defenseman Matt Benning took a minor penalty for kneeing. BU will have 1:44 of power-play time after a brief period of 4-on-4.

Second Period, 0:01, 1-1: Play has resumed at TD Garden.

First Intermission, 1-1

First Period, 19:40, 1-1: Huskies forward Zach Aston-Reese drives hard to the net and draws a holding penalty on BU defenseman John MacLeod. Northeastern will go on its first power play of the night.

First Period, 19:05, 1-1: BU forward Jack Eichel makes a great backhand pass to linemate Evan Rodrigues on a 2-on-1 scoring chance but Northeastern goalie Clay Witt makes a remarkable glove save to keep the score tied.

First Period, 17:25, 1-1: BU goalie Matt O’Connor makes a save on a shot from inside the right faceoff circle. Northeastern is spending a lot of time in the BU zone and now has a 14-9 edge in shots on goal.

First Period, 15:00, 1-1: Both teams are trading scoring chances in a fast-paced first period. The Huskies have a 10-7 edge in shots on goal.

First Period, 8:23, 1-1: Huskies forward Mike Szmatula is denied by Matt O’Connor on a breakaway. Terriers defenseman Brandon Hickey caught up to Szmatula at the last second to throw him off just enough and not take a penalty.

First Period, 2:47, 1-1: It didn’t take the Huskies long to score the equalizer. Northeastern forward John Stevens beat BU goalie Matt O’Connor from inside the left faceoff circle with a shot high glove side to tie the score.

First Period, 2:19, 1-0 BU: BU forward Mike Moran stole the puck from Northeastern defenseman Trevor Owens at the blue line, raced down the ice and beat goaltender Clay Witt on a breakaway to open the scoring. It’s his fourth goal of the season.

First Period, 1:05, 0-0: BU’s Jack Eichel drove hard to the net, but Northeastern goalie Clay Witt made two good saves to his right, and the Huskies cleared the zone.

First Period, 0:01, 0-0: We’re underway in the 2015 Beanpot final.

7:30 pm: BU is going to wear some awesome throwback jerseys tonight. [tweet https://twitter.com/TerrierHockey/status/570011510648508416 align=”center”]

7:25 pm: Mother Nature has stopped the snowfall in Boston, at least for now, which means it’s time to finally play the 2015 Beanpot final at TD Garden.

This game was postponed two weeks ago because of a snowstorm, and now a new champion will be crowned. Northeastern ended Boston College’s five-year run as champions with a semifinal win earlier this month, and they will take on Boston University in the title game.

These schools last played in the Beanpot final back in 2009, when the Terriers defeated the Huskies 5-2 in their NCAA championship-winning season.

Northeastern last won this tournament in 1988, and its 26-year drought is the longest of the four competing schools.

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