Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Roy Tricks BU, Denies Senior Class Beanpot

Sahir Gill's reaction after the final
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
The class of 1965 was the last class to go without winning a Beanpot, until tonight. The current senior class will go Beanpot-less, as Northeastern toped the Terriers in the first round of the tournament. NU was lead by a hat trick from Freshman standout Kevin Roy. Yes, the same Kevin Roy who said he would like to go to BU in the offseason after decomiting from Brown with his brother.

Roy put NU one the board less than three minutes in. He and Vinny Saponari skated in two on one at the top of the circle. Roy and cut to the BU net before jamming the puck past Matt O'Connor on the far side. 

BU would tie the game minutes later on a sweet set up. Evan Rodrigues and Wade Megan exchanged give an go passes before Megan carried the puck into the low circle on the near side. From there, he feathered a pass through an NU defender onto the tape of Danny O'Regan. O'Regan on toughed the pass past Chris Rawlings and into the goal to knot the game at 1-1. From there on, BU did not play well until the third period.

BU's bad play reached a new high on NU second goal. Matt O'Connor went out to play the puck in the far corner. After he stopped it, he passed to Ben Rosen, who then for whatever reason, one touched the pass into the slot. I think he was looking to hit Sean Escobedo in the middle of the ice, but instead it found Roy's stick and further more, the back of the Terrier net. Still don't know why you would ever want to pass it in front of your own net, regardless if the goalie is in the cage or not. 

BU had a golden chance to tie the game on the power play when they had 1:57 of five on three. Not only did they not score, but there no good scoring chances. The power play has been just plain horrible the last two games.

BU poured on the pressure late in the third and had some really solid scoring opportunities snuffed out by Chris Rawlings. NU caught a break and was able to clear with about five minutes left. While the puck was deep in the BU zone, who but Kevin Roy came out of the corner and swatted in a bouncing puck at the side of the net to put the Huskies up 3-1.

BU had some fight left in them, as Sahir Gill banged home a rebound goal with 1:11 left, but there would not be a National Championship-esque comeback, as Northeastern would hold their ground, beating BU in the Beanpot for the first time since 1988.

BU for the second time in three years will face Harvard in the Consolation game next Monday. This also marks the first time since the 2009 tournament that BU and BC will not meet each other.

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