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Eagles soar in best Beanpot final ever

Northeastern won its first Beanpot title by knocking off Boston College in overtime in 1980. But in 2011, there was no Miracle on Ice.

Northeastern won its first Beanpot title by knocking off Boston College in overtime in 1980.

But in 2011, there was no Miracle on Ice.

The Huskies’ Beanpot drought now stands at 24 years and counting, but the dogs came oh, so close to having their day. In the end, top-ranked Boston College proved too much, riding Jimmy Hayes’ overtime goal to a 7-6 victory in the greatest Beanpot championship game ever played last night at the Garden.

Hayes’ goal with exactly six minutes elapsed in overtime ended both the highest-scoring OT game and highest-scoring one-goal game in Beanpot finals history. It also gave the Eagles their second straight title and 16th in school history.

It certainly did not come easy. The Eagles (22-6-0) appeared to have this back-and-forth thriller in hand when Chris Kreider scored his second goal of the game for a 6-5 lead with 8:16 left.

But Northeastern senior forward Wade MacLeod sent the game to overtime by blasting a shot from the right circle past John Muse with 1:46 left.

The Huskies (10-12-6), who have not won the Beanpot since 1988, had leads of 2-1, 3-2 and 5-4 with 11:16 left in regulation on Brodie Reid’s second goal of the game. But the Eagles countered each time before taking the only lead that mattered.

Northeastern received a good omen in the consolation game, as Harvard scored two goals in the closing minutes to top BU.

 
 
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