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Huskies hope to channel historic magic, beat BC

If Northeastern is going to end 23 years of Beanpot frustration, the Huskies are going to have to do it the hardest way possible.  

If Northeastern is going to end 23 years of Beanpot frustration, the Huskies are going to have to do it the hardest way possible.

Standing between them and just their fifth Beanpot championship — the first since 1988 — is top-ranked Boston College, the defending champions of both the Beanpot and NCAA tournaments.

But in drawing the Eagles in tonight’s final, perhaps Northeastern can channel some historic magic. In what was the first of only two previous meetings in the Beanpot title game, Northeastern beat BC in 1980 on Wayne Turner’s overtime goal, bringing the trophy to Huntington Ave. for the first time.

Boston College (21-6-0) is led by junior forward Cam Atkinson (21 goals) and senior goalie Tom Muse, who raised his record to 18-4, and lowered his goals against average to 1.88 — with a 3-0 shutout win over Providence this past Friday.

If Northeastern (10-11-6), which is 2-9 against BC in the Beanpot since 1988, has a Turner-type hero to counter the Eagles’ firepower, it could be Mike McLaughlin.

The junior forward has been coming on offensively at a perfect time for the Huskies. After scoring just a single goal in 33 games as a sophomore, McLaughlin reached double figures for the first time in Friday’s 3-2 overtime victory over UMass-Lowell, the Huskies’ seventh victory in their past 11 games.

McLaughlin’s 10th goal followed a two-goal performance against Harvard in the semifinals.

“Playing every spot, blocking shots, killing penalties, winning face-offs and showing a high-level of intelligence on the ice — he’s been outstanding,” Northeastern coach Greg Cronin said. “He’s had a kind of fits-and-stops type of career in scoring. But I think this year he’s breaking through.”

 
 
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