Boston College went after the Beanpot with relentless energy Tuesday night at Conte Forum, controlling the puck and the pace of the game as the seventh-ranked Eagles beat two-time defending champion Northeastern, 3-0, to win their fifth Beanpot title and first since 2011.
“This whole night has been awesome,’’ said goalie Corinne Boyles, who made 25 saves to earn the shutout. “The team came to play.
“I watched the team win it my sophomore year and this was the first time I’ve got the trophy in my hands on the ice. So it’s a pretty big night; it’s really awesome.”
The last shutout in a Beanpot championship was in 2010 when Harvard blanked NU, 1-0.
“I thought our team played great,’’ said BC coach Katie King Crowley, “from the beginning of the game right through to the end. They did all the things we asked them to do throughout the year and it came together in this game.”
It was the second year in a row that BC (21-5-3) and Northeastern played for the championship and the loss ended a seven-game win streak for Northeastern (14-13-2).
“I felt like it just wasn’t our night,’’ said Northeastern coach Dave Flint, whose team has had to play with a short bench during its win streak because of injuries. “From the drop of the puck, there were points we lacked energy and gave a lackluster effort. And then there were times when I felt we competed and it might have been more of a game if we could have put 60 minutes together.
“We just didn’t have the jump that we’ve had the last seven games. Part of that, too, is BC is extremely fast and talented and they can make you look like you’re not moving as quick as you should be. ”
BC dominated the first period, peppering NU goalie Chloe Desjardins. Taylor Wasylk gave BC the lead at 16:02 of the first period, picking off a weak breakout pass and firing at Desjardins from the edge of the right circle. The puck hit the goalie’s shoulder and went into the top left corner of the net. The unassisted goal was the 10th of the year for the senior forward, who was named Beanpot MVP.
“It’s definitely exciting to make an impact senior year,’’ said Wasylk.
Despite its dominance, it was not until Meagan Mangene scored a power-play goal at 10:23 of the third that BC could bump up its lead. Mangene connected with a wrist shot from the edge of the left circle with only 2 seconds remaining in a hooking penalty to Sonia St. Martin. Melissa Bizzari made it 3-0 with another power-play goal at 15:15, this time a sharply angled shot from the bottom of the left circle that skimmed past Desjardins.
BC, which also won the season series between the teams, 2-1, outshot the Huskies, 30-25.
Boyles said watching the men’s team defeat Northeastern in the Beanpot Monday night served as inspiration. “We definitely brought that energy into our locker room,’’ she said. “Watching them win was huge. So we came in here to do the same thing.”
Some of BC’s outsized energy seemed to have dissipated early in the second but as the period went on, the Eagles regained their zip. BC went on the power play at 4:20 when Kelly Wallace was called for body checking and immediately set up in the NU zone. Kate Leary got open for a pair of tip-in tries, but both shots went wide.
Northeastern had a pair of power-play opportunities and after failing to register a shot on a first-period man-advantage, this time the Huskies set up and fired. Tori Hickel had the most dangerous shot, a quick wrister from the right point, but Boyles got her left pad on the puck. Their second power play was flat and futile.
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Samantha Reber scored with 10.9 seconds left in overtime to give No. 6 Harvard (19-3-3) a 3-2 victory over Boston University (10-10-1) in the consolation game. The Crimson rallied from a 2-1 third-period deficit on Miye D’Oench’s 15th goal of the season . . . There’s a shiny new trophy for the Beanpot to replace the old porcelain beanpot, mounted on a wooden base, that has been the tournament prize since 1979, when Beanpot executive director Joe Bertagna found the pot in a North Shore antiques store.