Northeastern tied Princeton, 3-3, in the first round of the Mariucci Classic last night in Minneapolis, but moved on to the championship game after Justin Daniels ended the shootout in the eighth round.
The Huskies had their six-game winning streak halted, but they remain unbeaten in their last seven despite surrendering three one-goal leads to the Tigers.
Sophomore Braden Pimm had his second career two-goal outing and junior Vinny Saponari tallied his second goal of the season, his first since Oct. 9 at Maine.
Junior Steve Quailer extended his point streak to a team- and career-best eight games by assisting on Pimm’s second marker.
Northeastern (7-7-3) drew first blood with 45 seconds left in the first period when Pimm pounced on a rebound for a shorthanded tally, beating Mike Condon.
Princeton (4-9-3) tied the game with just four seconds left in the period, cashing in on a Cody Ferriero charging penalty. Jack Berger took a pass between the faceoff circles and fired a wrister past Chris Rawlings for his seventh of the season.
After a scoreless second period, Saponari put the Huskies ahead, 2-1, thanks to some fancy stick work in front of the net 4:35 into the third period.
Saponari deked a Tiger defenseman to give himself a clear lane to the net, bringing the puck to his forehand and stuffing it under Condon’s pads.
Tyler Magueri scored Princeton’s second power-play goal of the night at 10:40 of the third, stuffing a rebound past Rawlings to knot the game at 2-2.
Pimm’s second of the night, and eighth on the season, gave the Huskies the lead again 37 seconds later, jamming home the rebound of a Ferriero shot.
Kevin Ross ripped a crisp wrist shot over Rawlings’s blocker for his first goal of the year at 12:20, making it 3-3.
Will MacDonald nearly won the game for Princeton on a tip-in with 45 seconds remaining, but Rawlings held his ground, sending the game to overtime.
Daniels’s shootout goal sent the Huskies to tonight’s championship against Minnesota, 5-1 winners over Niagara.
Rawlings made 23 saves for the win, while Condon stopped 38 shots.
BC 2, Michigan Tech 1 - Junior defenseman Brian Dumoulin’s third goal of the season broke a tie at 10:40 of the third period, giving the third-ranked Eagles (13-7-0) the win over the Huskies (9-11-1) in the consolation game of the Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
The Eagles and Huskies traded first-period scores with Chris Kreider’s power-play tally putting BC up at 4:04 before Dennis Rix netted a shorthanded goal at 15:10.
Michigan Tech forward Blake Pietila appeared to net the equalizer with 28.9 seconds left, but the goal was disallowed because of a high-stick infraction.
Parker Milner recorded 24 saves for his 10th win this season.
In the championship game, Michigan (11-8-3) knocked off Michigan St. (11-7-2) on Kevin Clare’s goal at 11:44 of overtime.
UMass-Lowell 4, UConn 3 - David Vallorani scored his second goal of the game, and eighth on the season, at 13:01 of overtime, lifting the River Hawks (12-5-0) over the Huskies (6-10-2) in the championship game of the UConn Classic in Storrs. The senior forward was named the tournament’s most valuable player, with three goals and two assists in two games.
Sophomore Doug Carr turned away 26 of 29 shots for the win.
Army (2-9-6) beat Rensselaer (3-15-0) in the consolation game.
Vermont 4, Ferris St. 2 - Colin Markison had a goal and an assist to propel the Catamounts (4-13-1) past the Bulldogs (11-8-1) at the Catamount Cup in Burlington, Vt.
Michael Paliotta, Tobias Nilsson-Roos, and Kyle Reynolds also scored.
Rob Madore had 24 saves in the win.
In the earlier game, Ben Mitchell and Adam Mitchell each notched a goal and an assist to lead RIT (10-6-1) past Lake Superior St. (12-8-2), 3-1.
Brown 5, UNH 2 - Jack MacLellan’s goal 10:21 into the second gave the Bears (5-6-1) a 3-0 lead and was the eventual winner and Marco DeFilippo made 39 saves to lead Brown (5-6-1) past the Wildcats (6-10-2) in Durham, N.H.
The Bears’ previous win over the Wildcats was Dec. 1, 1987, and the Bears last won in Durham on Jan. 22, 1930.
Maine 5, UMass 2 - Brian Flynn picked up his eighth and ninth goals of the year and Spencer Abbott had three assists as the Black Bears (8-7-2) topped the Minutemen (6-8-4) in the championship game of the Florida College Classic in Estero, Fla.
T.J. Syner and Conor Allen scored for UMass.
Dan Sullivan had 17 saves for the win, while Kevin Boyle stopped 27 in the loss.
John Esposito, Greg Miller, and Brian Ferkin each had a goal and an assist as Cornell (8-4-1) knocked off the Clarkson (9-9-4) in the consolation game.
Harvard 4, North Dakota 4 - Alex Fallstrom and Marshall Everson scored in the third period as the Crimson (4-3-4) erased a 4-2 deficit to tie the Fighting Sioux (9-8-2) in Grand Forks, N.D. Alex Killorn chipped in with a goal and two assists.
Quinnipiac 2, Nebraska-Omaha 2 - Russell Goodman and Yuri Bouharevich scored for the Bobcats (11-6-4), who salvaged a road tie against the Mavericks (9-8-4) in Omaha.