- To a man, the Northeastern Huskies jumped, tumbled, and leaped over the boards to race jubilantly across the TD Garden ice, screaming their joy Monday night after Northeastern defeated Boston University, 5-2, to win the 66th annual Beanpot.
- The Beanpot stands for best in Boston, and it was the first Beanpot title for Northeastern since 1988 after reaching the championship game 10 times in that stretch.
- “We haven’t won a Beanpot in 30 years and people keep asking you, ‘How about the Beanpot?’ It starts playing on you mentally,” said NU coach Jim Madigan.”And these young men just stayed focused on the task at hand, and blocked out the noise as much as you can, and were just so driven to make sure that this came back to the university.
- “The first thing I thought about was ‘Hey we’re finally over the hump,’ ” said Madigan, who has been an NU player, assistant coach, and now coach.
- Northeastern rode its formidable power play to a 4-1 lead after two periods, Gaudette connecting for two.
- BU gave Northeastern two power plays and the Huskies made them pay.
- Trevor Owens gave Northeastern the two-goal lead it so needed at 14:32 of the second, finishing a passing sequence from Austin Goldstein and Patrick Schule at the left circle with a shot that sliced over Oettinger’s left shoulder.