Boston College fell to Northeastern, 3-0, in the first round of the 66th annual Beanpot Tournament Monday night. Though the Eagles held a 37-32 advantage in shots on goal, they never were able to gain control of the game. BC couldn’t hold on to the puck, and failed to convert on four power play opportunities.
Northeastern’s three goals were scored by the three forwards of their first line: Dylan Sikura in the first, Nolan Stevens in the second, and Adam Gaudette in the third. Northeastern freshman goalkeeper Cayden Primeau faced down 37 BC shots to post a shutout.
BC took the first two penalties, and after JD Dudek was whistled for tripping 8:20 into the game, the Huskies power play unit struck. They took the lead 87 seconds later on Sikura’s goal and did not relinquish the momentum for the rest of the contest.
Before running into Primeau, the Eagles had not been shut out this season. The last time Boston College was shut out in the Beanpot was in 1988.
As Northeastern’s youngest player, Primeau stepped up in his first game on the big stage of TD Garden.
“People definitely start talking about the Beanpot,” said Primeau of the significance of the tournament. “It’s big in Boston.”
Following the game, both coaches commented on Primeau’s play. Northeastern’s goaltender was a brick wall; his strong play gave the Huskies confidence throughout the game.
Despite leading in shots and power play opportunities, the Eagles never capitalized on their opportunities. They had a number of quality looks while on the power play, but Northeastern’s defense remained stout around the net, denying the Eagles many second-chance opportunities.
Despite being outplayed, BC Coach Jerry York said that the team accomplished many of their goals coming into the game.
“There’s not a heck of a lot of difference between winning and losing games,” York commented after the game. “Northeastern was a touch better because they capitalized.”
Northeastern boasts one of the strongest front lines in the Hockey East. Stevens, Gaudette, and Sikura outplayed their counterparts from BC. Eagles starters Julius Mattila, David Cotton, and Logan Hutsko all were on the ice for two of Northeastern’s three goals.
“They all think the game really well. They think it, and they play it really well,” said Northeastern Head Coach Jim Madigan of his strong first line.
In addition to each posting a goal, all three of Northeastern’s first line recorded at least one assist, with Gaudette assisting on two goals.
Logan Hutsko led the Eagles with six shots on goal.
Boston College had two power play opportunities in the third period, but was unable to cut into the Northeastern lead on either one. The Huskies killed any hopes of a BC comeback with a goal with just under three minutes remaining in the contest.
BC is headed to the consolation game of the Beanpot for the second year in a row, after coming in fourth a year ago. The Eagles will look to avoid a repeat of last year’s tournament performance a week from today, when they will take on the loser of Harvard and BU's matchup next Monday afternoon at TD Garden.
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