There was no denying who made Northeastern go last season, as Braintree, Mass., native Adam Gaudette and his top-tier linemates Dylan Sikura and Nolan Stevens led the Huskies past Boston University to break a 30-year Beanpot championship drought.
It has been a different story this winter, but the results were no different in Boston’s battle for college hockey bragging rights on TD Garden ice.
The standouts have been many all season, and they were again on Monday night as three seniors scored goals for the Huskies en route to the 4-2 win over Boston College that resulted in their second straight and sixth-ever Beanpot. There had not been a repeat Beanpot champion since the Eagles capped a run of five in a row from 2013 and 2014.
“You need your seniors to step up at the right time, and they did,” Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan said of UMass transfer Austin Plevy, Patrick Schule, and Walpole, Mass., native Lincoln Griffin who scored to lift the Huskies to a 3-0 lead by the 1:25 mark of the third period before BC responded with back-to-back goals. Sophomore Zach Solow added an empty-netter with six seconds remaining.