Northeastern’s Ryan Shea, the Milton native who played at BC High, entered the postgame news conference carrying the Beanpot trophy when he was asked if he was going to let it go.
“Probably not,” said the Huskies’ senior captain. “After winning three of these things, I might just bring it back to Milton.”
The Huskies might as well let him after they prevailed over Boston University, 5-4 in double overtime Monday to win their third straight Beanpot title.
Sophomore defenseman Jordan Harris scored the winner 14:33 into the second overtime after BU had rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to even the score at the end of regulation.
“Right when we got the power play, we came over to the bench, and the coaches said, ‘If you get the puck, just try to get it to the middle, and get the shot on net,’ ” said the Haverhill native. “I tried to do just that.
“Thankfully, the lane opened up, and it went in. It was pretty special.”
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Shea helped set up the winner when he was able to corral the puck in the neutral zone and carry it down the right side into the BU offensive zone. The Terriers’ Patrick Harper was called for a trip on the play, which coach Albie O’Connell vehemently disagreed with after the game.
“What did you think? What did you think about it?” said O’Connell. “Um, I’m not supposed to comment on officials. The one thing I will say, the diving in that game that was called? Unreal. Unreal.
“Karma didn’t catch up to that one. It will. It’s just a tough thing to watch.”
Northeastern coach Jim Madigan has been on both sides of that call, his Huskies having dropped the 2015 Beanpot championship in overtime to BU while trying to kill a penalty.
“From a BU perspective, I’m sure they didn’t like the call. I’ve been there,” said Madigan.
BU forced overtime when freshman Trevor Zegras scored with 1.2 seconds left in regulation.
Since neither team scored in the initial five-minute overtime, per NCAA rules, the game is officially considered a draw.
After that, the teams played sudden death, setting up Harris’s heroics.
It was a game of momentum swings, as the Terriers (10-9-8) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period, only to see Northeastern (15-8-3) score four straight in the second to take a two-goal lead of its own.
With Harris off for slashing, BU cut the margin to 4-3 when David Farrance scored just 1:56 into the third period.
Northeastern had several chances to expand the lead after sophomore Jake Wise was whistled for a cross check on Tyler Madden, but Sam Tucker, who replaced Ashton Abel in goal midway through the second period, made several sprawling saves to keep the Terriers close.
Tucker was pulled with about 90 seconds left and BU applied the pressure. Northeastern had several chances to clear the puck in the waning seconds of regulation, but Farrance was able to keep the puck from crossing the blue line, setting up Zegras’s dramatic score.
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BU got on the board first when Wise put back his own rebound 2:49 into the first period. It was the second goal of the season for the sophomore from Reading, who was stationed in front of the NU net when sophomore Matthew Quercia of Andover sent in the puck from the point.
Wise’s initial attempt was denied by Northeastern goalie Craig Pantano (40 saves), but Wise was able to gather the rebound and backhand it home.
The Terriers expanded the lead on Zegras’s power-play goal at 7:50. The Terriers had the man advantage after Madden was whistled for boarding. Zegras took advantage, sending in a wrister from the top of the left circle, beating Pantano to the top right.
Northeastern’s Matt Thomson had a chance to get the Huskies on the board late in the first period, but Abel stopped both bids by the sophomore from Reading.
After not committing a penalty in the first period, BU was whistled for four in the next 20 minutes. The Huskies didn’t take long to get on the board as Madden beat Abel from the slot 2:53 into the period. It was Madden’s 18th goal of the season.
Three minutes later, the Huskies pulled even thanks to a pair of Milton natives. Freshman Aidan McDonough’s one-timer off a nice feed from Shea found the back of the net with 14:09 left in the period. Shea moved the puck up from the point, circling behind the net before dishing from the right faceoff circle to an open McDonough.
Northeastern found itself with a 5-on-3 for 1:25 and took the lead shortly thereafter on Zach Solow’s score from the slot with 10:18 remaining. Solow would add an assist on the game-winning goal and was named the tournament MVP.
BU looked to kill the second penalty and nearly got out unscathed, but Grant Jozefek’s wrister with five seconds left on the man advantage gave NU a 4-2 lead with 8:37 left in the period. With 6-foot-4-inch Brendan van Riemsdyk screening him, Abel did not see the puck until it was too late.
With that, the night was over for Abel (10 saves) and the call went to Tucker (18 saves).