BOSTON (AP) – When Eric Williams and the rest of the Northeastern senior class arrived on campus, winning the Beanpot once – only once – was a goal they had a hard time hooking on.
The Huskies had not claimed the right to brag about university hockey in Boston since 1988, a crisis that ended last year.
"Everyone in this locker room was so impatient to be the first team to break this series. We had that feeling and wanted to live it again this year, "Williams said," and every year after that. "
Lincoln Griffin scored one goal and two assists. The tournament's most valuable player, Cayden Primeau, blocked 33 shots and the North East beat Boston College 4-2 on Monday night to win consecutive Beanpot titles for the first time in 34 years.
Patrick Schule and Austin Plevy also scored for the Huskies (17-9-1), who opened a 3-0 lead before the Eagles made a one-goal game in the third period. Zach Solow added an empty net six seconds from the end to give Northeastern its sixth title in 67 years.
Harvard defeated Boston University in the earlier consolation match at TD Garden.
"It's a differentiating opportunity," said Huskies coach Jim Madigan. "This team becomes the benchmark and the team that other Northeastern players will pursue."
Played for the first time in 1952, the tournament pitted the four powers of college hockey on the first two Mondays of February.
Northeastern has long seemed to be an unwanted guest.
The five Beanpot titles the Huskies had previously won on Huntington Avenue accounted for less than half of the next worst water shot, the 11th Harvard. Boston University won 29 of the first 57, an event so common that the event was called a joke: the BU Invitational.
The BU and British Columbia also won their trophies with NCAA championships. The Eagles have four under their coach Jerry York since 2001. The BU has had two since 1991, while qualifying four times for the title.
"We are in a city with three other 800-pound gorillas. They had a lot of success in this tournament, "said Madigan.
"In order for us to continue to develop our program, we had to win one after the other," he said. "Next year we must win three. We never won three. "
David Cotton and J.D. Dudek scored for BC and Joseph Woll made 31 saves for the Eagles (10-14-3).
Northeastern had not rolled around the ice with the Beanpot several years in a row since 1984-1985, while the tournament was still going on in the former Boston Garden and that Madigan was a Huskies forward. The Northeast again won in 1988, then observed the closure of this building and three decades before ending the drought of last year.
The BU now has Beanpot's longest depression, its last victory in 2015.
"We are all selfish. We want to win it, "said York. "We all understand that there are four very good programs in Boston."
The game was scoreless until the last minute of the first period, when Plevy made his way through the rebound of Griffin's envelope. Schule scored 2-0 at the end of the second, and Griffin set a backhand in the net 85 seconds later.
This seemed to spark the attention of the Eagles, who reduced the deficit to two on Cotton's goal three minutes later, and then made a 3-2 game with 7:46 to play. BC dominated the Northeast 15-9 in the third period, but Primeau denied the rest of the group to protect the lead until Solow clinched the win.