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BC gets by Northeastern in Beanpot final
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jimmy Hayes scored at the six-minute mark of overtime to lift Boston College to a 7-6 victory over Northeastern in the championship game of the 59th annual Beanpot from TD Garden.
Chris Kreider, who earned MVP honors, posted two goals and one assist for the Eagles, who reached the Beanpot final for the ninth time since 2000.
Tommy Cross added one goal and two helpers, while Pat Mullane, Steven Whitney and Bill Arnold also lit the lamp as Jerry York's charges took home the 16th championship in school history.
John Muse got the win despite yielding six goals on just 27 shots for Boston College, which has been victorious in three of the last four years.
Brodie Reid tallied twice for the Huskies, who made the final for the second time in three seasons but have not won this tournament since 1988. Wade MacLeod had two assists and the game-tying score late in regulation, with Tyler McNeely, Rob Dongara and Luke Eibler also scoring once.
Chris Rawlings allowed seven scores on 46 shots for Northeastern, which also lost to BC in the 2009 title game.
Cross put BC on top just after the nine-minute mark of the first period, when his shot from the right circle was muted but had enough speed to get through the pads of Rawlings.
Eibler drew Northeastern even on the power play with 2:56 left in the first on a right-point floater, then the Huskies took a one-goal lead just over a minute later during a 4-on-3 after Reid's one-timer from the left wing.
Mullane evened things 53 seconds into the second, as he alertly followed up a Cross miss off the back boards and beat Rawlings at the left side of the crease.
A goal off the rush by Dongara while shorthanded put Northeastern up 3-2 at 2:47, but Kreider forged a 3-3 deadlock on a BC advantage at 5:25.
Whitney put the Eagles back on top when he netted a rebound in the crease off a 3-on-2 rush with 7:53 to play in the second, but 1:17 later McNeely scored on a similar play to make it 4-4.
A second-chance rebound score by Reid gave Northeastern a 5-4 advantage with 8:44 played in the third, but a wicked backhander from Arnold at 10:12 knotted the game again.
Kreider drove to the net and notched a power-play goal with 8:16 remaining and BC led 6-5, but McLeod beat Muse from the right circle inside of two minutes left.
In the consolation contest earlier on Monday, Harvard topped 29-time champion Boston University by a 5-4 count. It was the first time since 1980 the Terriers finished fourth.
02/15 01:17:37 ET