Northeastern defeats Boston University in the 71st annual Beanpot final

Photo courtesy of MGN

Photo courtesy of MGN

By Alexandria Evans

The Northeastern Men’s hockey team are once again back-to-back Beanpot champs. After
lighting up TD Garden in a thrilling overtime win, the Huskies managed to survive the BU
Terriers with a final score of 4-3.

The Huskies’ road to success this season was not seamless. After starting the season with a
losing record of 2-7-1 and at one point, a seven game skid, Northeastern battled back and slowly
began to work their way up from the bottom of the rankings. Despite their struggles in the
beginning, the Huskies rallied throughout the season to once again be crowned Beanpot victors.
Monday night’s matchup only magnified the resilience of Northeastern’s tough squad.

Despite not leading the game until the very end, the hardy team stayed afloat, and was able to keep up with BU’s tenacious group – wrestling into overtime.

The Huskies were led with goals by Matt DeMelis, Justin Hryckowian, Jack Williams, and
Gunnarwolfe Fontaine, who scored the game-winning goal with 28.6 seconds left in OT. Beanpot
fans were probably left with a little Déjà vu, considering Fontaine also scored the game-sealing
goal in OT against Harvard in the semifinal. The senior forward’s clutch plays were awarded
with MVP honors.

It’s fair to say the Huskies have put their underdog reputation to rest. With this win, Northeastern
has now won five of the last six Beanpot Finals, cementing themselves as a true dynasty among
Boston’s local college hockey teams.