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Another year of frustration for Northeastern

It was 100 years ago this summer that the Red Sox last played their home games on Huntington Avenue. For the next-door neighbors at Northeastern University, in one dispiriting way, the tortured souls of the Olde Town Team haven’t left.

It was 100 years ago this summer that the Red Sox last played their home games on Huntington Avenue. For the next-door neighbors at Northeastern University, in one dispiriting way, the tortured souls of the Olde Town Team haven’t left.

Northeastern hockey coach Greg Cronin invoked the Red Sox a week ago after his Huskies advanced to the Beanpot final, his squad hoping to end 23 years of February frustration. To their dismay, the baseball analogy remained all too fitting late Monday night.

Boston College’s 7-6 overtime victory in the Beanpot final at TD Garden will long be remembered as much for the team that lost as the defending national champion that won.

Northeastern played with tenacity and heart, rallying to tie the score at 6-6 with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. But the top-ranked Eagles had just enough Yankee knowhow to find a way to win the big one.

“I was doing the Hail Marys and rosary to try and get the cloud off our backs,” Cronin said. “NU is a lot like the Red Sox. They’re waiting to win one. I was hoping to win one. At the end of the third period, I said, ‘It’s a shame somebody has to lose this.’”

Jimmy Hayes’ goal six minutes into overtime capped a breathtaking hockey game in which the second-most goals in a Beanpot final were scored.

“Each game is different,” BC coach Jerry York said. “[Monday] had unusual twists. Last Monday [an overtime win over BU] was exciting, but this was almost double the excitement. It was a strange game. Sometimes you have to win a lot of different ways.”

 
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