BOSTON - Tyler Madden's breakaway goal occurring 51 seconds into overtime kept the No. 13/13 Northeastern men's hockey team's Beanpot championship defense alive as the Huskies edged Boston University, 2-1, during Monday's second semifinal game at TD Garden.
With its fourth straight Beanpot victory in stow, Northeastern (16-8-1) is now headed to its second consecutive title game and its fifth during the last seven tournaments. The Huskies will oppose Boston College - which defeated Harvard, 2-1, during the opening semifinal game - on Monday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Jeremy Davies's three-line pass during the first minute of overtime split two Terriers skaters on its way through to Madden, who took the puck from the blue line and proceeded to beat Jake Oettinger, one-on-one - catching a piece of the BU goaltender's glove on the way through.
Northeastern racked up a season high, 49 shots on goal, while sophomore netminder Cayden Primeau stifled all but one of the 27 shots he faced from Boston University (10-12-3). Primeau - the tournament's 2018 Eberly Award winner - made a pair of breakaway stops on Joel Farabee late in the second period, preserving the game's 1-1 tie at the time.
Senior right wing Patrick Schule opened the scoring for the Huskies just 3:14 into the game following an aggressive forecheck from him and senior Liam Pecararo. With the Terriers attempting to skate the puck out of the defensive zone, Schule lifted the stick of BU's Cam Crotty, allowing Pecararo to gobble up the loose disc and return the pass to Schule between the circles for a wrister over the blocker of Oettinger.
The Terriers evened the score with 21 ticks remaining on the first-period clock when Crotty's shot from the left point caromed off the boards behind the NU net and bounced onto the tape of Farabee for a tap-in at the right of the cage.
- Northeastern improved to 2-5-0 all-time during Beanpot overtime games against Boston University. The Huskies' last such win took place during the 1980 semifinals en route to Northeastern's first-ever Beanpot championship.
- Both Beanpot semifinal games on Monday resulted in 2-1 score lines for the second time during tournament history (2005).