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Northeastern’s dynasty reigns on, as Gunnarwolfe Fontaine’s OT winner beats BU in electric Beanpot title game

Northeastern captain Justin Hryckowian holds aloft another Beanpot on Monday night at TD Garden.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff

He did it again.

Gunnarwolfe Fontaine’s overtime goal, his second of the tournament, lifted the Northeastern men’s hockey team to a 4-3 win over Boston University and its second straight Beanpot championship Monday at TD Garden.

Fontaine also had two assists Monday, and scored the overtime winner last week against Harvard. The East Greenwich, R.I., native had two goals in last year’s championship game, which the Huskies won in a shootout.

He was the MVP of this 71st Beanpot, while freshman Cameron Whitehead won the Eberly Award, given to the goalie with the highest save percentage in the tournament. Whitehead stopped 54 of 59 shots in the two wins.


Northeastern goalie Cameron Whitehead stones Boston University forward Jack Harvey from in tight, one of 33 saves for the Huskies freshman in Monday's Beanpot final at TD Garden. Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff

Junior captain Justin Hryckowian assisted on both overtime winners and finished Monday night with a goal and an assist.

“I don’t look too much into it,” said Fontaine. “It’s just another game, but obviously those were just two great plays from Justin on those back to back overtime goals, so I owe a lot to him.”

It is Northeastern’s ninth tournament championship, five coming in the last six tournaments. It also marked the sixth straight win for the Huskies (13-12-2).

“It’s definitely something we can build into,” said coach Jerry Keefe. “I feel like we’ve been playing pretty good hockey for a little over a month. We like where our game is at. We started to get healthy. So this is a huge win, and anytime you can win on a big stage and in close games, just like we did last week, that’s huge for us moving forward.”

The Huskies rallied from one-goal deficits on three occasions. Trailing, 3-2, in the third, they got the equalizer at 9:51 on a power-play goal from Jack Williams, who one-timed a pass from Vinny Borgesi past Mathieu Caron (13 saves) for his 15th of the season. The Huskies were on the man advantage after freshman Gavin McCarthy was called for holding, the only penalty of the game on the No. 3 Terriers (19-8-1).


BU, which finished with heavy edges in shots (36-17) and attempts (78-38), had several good opportunities in the closing minutes. Shane Lachance drove to the net, but was denied by Whitehead’s pad. A wraparound attempt clanged off the post, and the game was headed to overtime.

The Terriers scored first, 14:41 into the game, when Northeastern defenseman Pito Walton turned the puck over in his own zone to Jack Harvey, who kicked it back to Macklin Celebrini for a one-timer past Whitehead. His 23rd goal of the season and third of the tournament would be the only goal of the first period, as BU outshot Northeastern, 11-3.

Boston University's Jake Harvey (12) gives it up to Macklin Celebrini, after the talented Terrier freshman scored to open the scoring in Monday's Beanpot final at TD Garden. Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff

Northeastern broke through at 5:52 of the second period after a pair of Terriers collided, setting up a three-on-one for the Huskies. Cam Lund skated the puck down the right before sending it across to Fontaine; Caron made the initial save, but Matt DeMelis swooped in and knocked the loose rebound in to even the score.

BU would regain the lead at 9:11, capitalizing on a two-on-one break. Devin Kaplan tried a cross-slot pass to Sam Stevens, but when NU defenseman Hunter McDonald made a diving slide to block it, he deflected the puck past Whitehead, and the Terriers had a 2-1 lead.

They held it for just 29 seconds. Celebrini deflected a Justin Hryckowian slapper, but it caromed off the board back to Hryckowian, who knocked the rebound in to knot it at 2.


Just 7.2 seconds from intermission, however, the Terriers struck again. Jeremy Wilmer set up the score, carrying the puck to the left of the net and sending it back to Lane Hutson in the slot. His goal gave the Terriers the two-period lead to go with a 23-8 edge in shots.

Huskies forward Jack Williams celebrates his third-period, game-tying goal that forced overtime in Monday's Beanpot final at TD Garden. Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff

Eagles roll in consolation game

In the consolation game, No. 1 Boston College gave freshman goalie Jacob Fowler the day off, and classmate Jan Korec recorded a 17-save shutout in his first collegiate start, a 5-0 win over Harvard.

After a scoreless first period, Gabe Perreault got the Eagles (21-5-1) on the board in the second, putting back a rebound of Ryan Leonard’s shot 12 minutes in.

BC scored twice in the final minute of the second to break it open. Cutter Gauthier found Oskar Jellvik alone in the slot for a one-timer at 19:06, and just 15 seconds later, Perrault kicked the puck out from behind the net, where Leonard one-timed for the 3-0 lead. Captain Eamon Powell and freshman Will Smith added goals in the third.

Perreault’s two points bumped his nation-leading total to 45 (13 goals, 32 assists).

Scituate native Derek Mullahy made 27 saves in the first two periods for the Crimson (4-15-4). Sophomore Aku Koskenvuo played the third and stopped seven shots.

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