Feb. 2, 2009

BOSTON (AP) -- Chris Donovan had a goal and three assists, Brad Thiessen made 45 saves and Northeastern beat Boston College 6-1 in the semifinals of the 57th annual Beanpot on Monday night.

The Huskies (18-6-2) will face Boston University for the tournament title next Monday. The top-ranked Terriers pulled out a surprisingly tough 4-3 win over Harvard in the opener.

BU owns 11 of the past 14 Beanpot championships while Northeastern has won only four overall, with the last coming in 1988.

Since 1952, the event has matched the area's four college hockey powers in a pair of doubleheaders for citywide bragging rights. Boston University has dominated, winning a record 28 times.

Louis Liotti, Dennis McCauley, Steve Quailer, Ryan Ginand and Greg Costa also scored for the Huskies, ranked No. 3 in the nation.

Matt Price scored for the No. 12 Eagles (11-9-4).

Northeastern led 2-1 after one period and broke it open in the second. Liotti and McCauley scored 42 seconds apart midway into the period. Quailer scored when BC goalie John Muse was badly out of position, attempting to clear a puck in the right corner.

In the first game, Jason Lawrence scored a power-play goal with 1:46 left to snap a 3-all tie. Nick Bonino scored twice and Zach Cohen had the other goal for the Terriers (20-5-1), who reached their 25th Beanpot final in 27 years.

"For this decade we've already had our consolation game," BU coach Jack Parker said. "We didn't need to get back there."

BU lost in overtime to rival Boston College in the opening round last year. BC went on to win that tournament -- and the NCAA championship.

This season, BU is ranked No. 1 in the country after rising to the top spot Monday.

"The Beanpot final was one of our main goals this year," Lawrence said. "We don't want to focus on that No. 1 rating."

Michael Biega, Alex Killorn, Pier-Olivier Michaud scored for Harvard (5-12-4), which opened a 2-0 lead 64 seconds into the second period.

As the final seconds ticked away, Alex Biega nearly sent the game to overtime for the Crimson, but a replay review clearly showed his shot crossed the goal line after the clock expired.

"I thought we battled to, I'd like to say the last second, but maybe the last half-second," Harvard coach Ted Donato said.

The Terriers tied it with a pair of goals by Bonino 1:43 apart in the second and went ahead when Cohen scored at 11:25 of the third. Michaud's power-play goal 3:08 later made it 3-all.

Harvard's Jimmy Fraser went off for hooking late in the third and Lawrence unloaded a rising slap shot from the left circle that beat goalie Matt Hoyle.

Kieran Millan made 22 saves for BU.

Harvard is winless in 14 of its last 15 games. The Crimson last won the Beanpot in 1993.

"It was close," Alex Biega said. "That's what makes the Beanpot a great tournament."