Sophomore forward Chris Kreider named Beanpot MVP with two goals and assist in championship game
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BOSTON - Junior forward Jimmy Hayes scored at the six-minute mark of the overtime period to lift top-ranked Boston College to a 7-6 victory over Northeastern and 59th Beanpot title - the program's third Beanpot championship in the last four years - before 17,565 fans at TD Garden.
Chris Kreider, who scored twice and assisted on Hayes' decisive goal, earned Most Valuable Player honors while junior defenseman Tommy Cross (2 goals, 1 assist) and sophomore defenseman Brian Dumoulin (3 assists) also recorded three-point performances the Eagles, who won consecutive Beanpot crowns for the first time since winning three straight from 1963-65.
Pat Mullane, Steven Whitney and Bill Arnold also scored for the victors in a game the featured six tie scores and seven one-goal lead changes.
Northeastern led 2-1 after one period and the teams were tied at four goals apiece after two periods.
Northeastern freshman Brodie Reid lifted the Huskies to a 5-4 lead at 8:44 of the third period and Boston College's Bill Arnold answered with his eighth goal of the season at 10:12.
Kreider lifted the Eagles to a 6-5 lead 1:32 later and Northeastern senior Wade MacLeod forced overtime on the tying score with 1:46 left in regulation.
Boston College attempted the only five overtime shots prior to Hayes' game-winning goal and finished the contest with a 46-27 advantage.
Northeastern goaltender Chris Rawlings recorded 39 saves and captured the Eberly Trophy as the goaltender with the best save percentage in the two games.
BC senior goaltender John Muse recorded 21 saves in 66 minutes to earn his 19th win of the season and the 81st of his career. The East Falmouth, Mass., resident finished his Beanpot career having backstopped the Eagles to three titles (2008, 2010 and 2011) and a 7-1 record.
Cross opened the scoring at 9:12 of the first period before Northestern's Luke Eibler and Reid netted consecutive power-play goals just 1:08 apart for a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.
Mullane tied the score at 2-2 just 53 seconds into the middle period before NU freshman Rob Dongara netted a shorthanded score at 2:47 to put the Huskies back up by one goal - at 3-2.
Kreider finished a power-play passing sequence from Mullane and Dumoulin at 5:25 before Whitney lifted BC to its first lead since Cross' opening score at 12:07.
Husky senior Tyler McNeely tied the game at four goals each at 13:24.
Team Records: Northeastern - 10-12-6; Boston College - 22-6-0
Game Notes: BC captured its 16th Beanpot title overall and fifth under head coach Jerry York ... The Eagles have won seven straight games and 14 of their last 15 ... BC entered the contest having killed all 22 power plays over their last five games. It surrendered two power-play goals (both in the first period) for the first time in 13 games and for the third time this season ... Northeastern's shorthanded goal at 2:47 of the second marked Boston College's first shorthanded goal against in 28 games this winter.