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Northeastern ices first berth in final

It took Northeastern 28 years to win its first Beanpot tournament back in 1980. Will 23 be the lucky number in 2011?  

It took Northeastern 28 years to win its first Beanpot tournament back in 1980. Will 23 be the lucky number in 2011?

The Huskies took a big step toward ending another epic drought last night, beating Harvard 4-0 in the semifinals at the Garden for another chance at their first Beanpot championship since 1988.

The Huskies will face either top-ranked Boston College or 14th-ranked Boston University in next Monday’s final.

Northeastern (9-11-6) is in the Beanpot final for just the 14th time in the 59-year history of the tournament, but the sixth in the past 15 seasons and second in the past three. BU defeated the Huskies 5-2 in the 2009 final.

The Huskies have not won since former Bruins defenseman Fern Flaman coached them to their only four titles between 1980 and ’88.

“Don’t kill me now, but I liked the Yankees because they’d always win and the Red Sox would always lose,” Northeastern coach Greg Cronin said. “I think we have a little of that mentality as well.

“‘When are they going to win this damn thing?’ They get sick of it, and I don’t blame them.”

The Huskies played like a perennial champion last night by dominating Harvard (4-18-0). Junior Mike McLaughlin scored twice and sophomore goalie Chris Rawlings made 41 saves for his fifth shutout.

 
 
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