No. 16 Northeastern beats No. 9 Harvard in shootout to win 2023 men's Beanpot championship
No. 16 Northeastern wins fourth men's Beanpot title in five tries 🏆
For the first time ever, Northeastern and Harvard met in the Beanpot championship.
For the first time ever, the Beanpot championship was decided in a shootout.
For the fourth time in five tournaments and eighth time ever, Northeastern won the Beanpot.
Captain Aidan McDonough came through in the clutch again with the deciding goal in the bottom of the second round of the shootout, and goaltender Devon Levi stood tall once more when he denied Alex Laferriere, sending the crowd into a frenzy as Huskies skaters flooded the ice in celebration. Levi also saved Matthew Coronato and Sean Farrell’s chances in the Crimson’s first two chances.
.@GoNUmhockey takes the Beanpot in a shootout!!! #NCAAHockey pic.twitter.com/k4oFWQQxSn— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) February 14, 2023
It was No. 9 Harvard’s second loss when leading at any point during a game this season (13-2-1).
After a scoreless first period, Gunnarwolfe Fontaine broke the stalemate when he jammed in the rebound off Sam Colangelo’s shot from range just 1:27 into the second.
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Harvard (17-6-2, 14-4-0 ECAC) answered just over a minute later when Matthew Coronato capitalized on the power play with a one-timer at the left circle off a smooth tic-tac-toe passing sequence. He added another just before the midway point of the period when he dove for a rebound to the right of the crease for his fourth goal of the tournament and a 2-1 lead.
In the third, Fontaine came through again for the No. 16 Huskies (14-10-5, 11-5-3 HEA) about five minutes in when he backhanded Jayden Struble’s cross-crease feed into the yawning cage.
DAWGS ARE OUT AND THEY ARE HOWLIN'— Northeastern Men’s Hockey (@GoNUmhockey) February 14, 2023
📺: @NESN #HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/i92K4yuTc1
Both goaltenders came up big down the stretch as Mitchell Gibson (27 saves) made timely stops in overtime, and Levi (32 saves) matched him at every opportunity.
Levi went on to earn MVP as well as the Eberly Trophy, awarded to the tournament’s best goaltender, marking the fifth straight time an NU goalie earned the award.
😱 No. 16 Northeastern clinches Beanpot championship over No. 9 Harvard in shootout
No. 16 Northeastern defeats No. 9 Harvard 3-2 in a shootout at the 2023 Beanpot championship.
Senior forward Aidan McDonough helped seal the victory for the Huskies, tallying his twentieth goal of the season in a big way.
To finish it off, Northeastern's Devon Levi held it down between the pipes, denying Alex Laferriere and the Harvard Crimson from winning the Beanpot championship.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF BOSTON! #HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/YXNWPxLrg2— Northeastern Men’s Hockey (@GoNUmhockey) February 14, 2023
END OT: Shootout 🏒 up next in Beanpot championship
Harvard and Northeastern remain tied as overtime comes to an end.
A shootout will decide the winner of the Beanpot championship.
A wild overtime period comes to an end.— Harvard Men's Hockey (@HarvardMHockey) February 14, 2023
We will head to a shootout. #GoCrimson | #OneCrimson
END 3RD: Overtime 😅 Huskies and Crimson tied 2-2 after 3rd period
Thanks to a third period goal from Northeastern's Gunnarwolfe Fontaine, the Huskies and Crimson are headed to overtime at the Beanpot championship.
Five minutes of three-on-three overtime action at TD Garden is underway.
We're headed to overtime in the Beanpot Championship. #HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/bjDEuk71cY— Northeastern Men’s Hockey (@GoNUmhockey) February 14, 2023
GOAL! 🚨 Northeastern ties it | 3rd – 15:03
It's Gunnarwolfe Fontaine again, burying the puck on the doorstep with a backhand to tie it, 2-2, with about 15 minutes to go in regulation.
THE WOLFE HAS BEEN FED AND IT'S A TIE GAME. #HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/2Abtte70Rv— Northeastern Men’s Hockey (@GoNUmhockey) February 14, 2023
END 2ND: Harvard leads by 1️⃣
The Crimson take a 2-1 lead into the room after 40 minutes.
Northeastern got on the board first, thanks to Gunnarwolfe Fontaine, but Matthew Coronato scored twice for Harvard in short order to give the Crimson the lead.
Shots on goal are 18-5, Harvard.
Work to do. #HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/8hn99r33hv— Northeastern Men’s Hockey (@GoNUmhockey) February 14, 2023
GOAL! 🚨 Crimson take the lead | 2nd – 11:08
Harvard takes a 2-1 lead as Coronato picks up his second of the night right in front.
The Crimson are 13-1-1 when leading at any point in a game this season.
Don't let him get hot🔥— Harvard Men's Hockey (@HarvardMHockey) February 14, 2023
Crimson have the lead
📺NESN#GoCrimson | #OneCrimson pic.twitter.com/PZCFqKmWq4
GOAL! 🚨 Harvard evens it up | 2nd – 17:02
The Crimson get it right back as Matthew Coronato picks up his 17th of the season on the power play with a one-timer at the far post off a slick tic-tac-toe passing sequence. It's his third goal of the Beanpot.
Tic-Tac-Toe🚀— Harvard Men's Hockey (@HarvardMHockey) February 14, 2023
Coronato has the Crimson on the board!
📺NESN #GoCrimson | #OneCrimson pic.twitter.com/a9yY8lK87S
GOAL! 🚨 Huskies open the scoring | 2nd – 18:33
Gunnarwolfe Fontaine opens the scoring with his eighth of the season just 1:27 into the second period.
Fontaine buried a rebound in front off a shot from distance.
Feed the Wolfe.— Northeastern Men’s Hockey (@GoNUmhockey) February 14, 2023
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END 1ST: No score between the Crimson and Huskies 😮💨
After a high-paced, back-and-forth opening 20 minutes, there's no score between Harvard and Northeastern in the Beanpot final.
Shots on goal are 12-7, Harvard.
Fans share their prediction for the Beanpot final between @HarvardMHockey and @GoNUmhockey! 🔮#NCAAHockey pic.twitter.com/WpQDgAzsJO— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) February 14, 2023
The game is on 👀
We're underway in the 70th men's Beanpot championship between Harvard and Northeastern.
Novak - J. Hughes - R. Hughes— Northeastern Men’s Hockey (@GoNUmhockey) February 14, 2023
Struble - Bucheler
Harvard and Northeastern drop the puck shortly 🍿
We're just about 20 minutes from puck-drop when the No. 9 Crimson and the No. 16 Huskies will battle it out for the Beanpot.
It's the first time ever in the 70-year history of the Beanpot that Harvard and Northeastern have met in the final.
Here are tonight's lineups:
Lines for Northeastern-Harvard pic.twitter.com/J0wJGY837u— Patrick Donnelly (@PatDonn12) February 14, 2023
How to watch the men's Beanpot championship 📺
Monday's Beanpot final is the standalone college hockey action across the nation as the historic and perennially nail-biting tournament kicks off a busy week.
Here's how to keep up with the action:
Harvard University vs. Northeastern:
- When: 7:30 p.m. ET Monday, Feb. 13
- Where: TD Garden, Boston
- Watch live: NESN
- Live stats: NCAA.com | Boston University
- Rosters: Harvard | Northeastern
Boston University vs. Boston College:
- When: 4:30 p.m. ET Monday, Feb. 13
- Where: TD Garden, Boston
- Live stats: NCAA.com | Boston University
- Rosters: Boston University| Boston College
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How Harvard and Northeastern got here 📝
It's not often that the early semifinal is the most dramatic of the night, but that's what we got last Monday.
The Crimson made light work of the Eagles early on in the first game but had to withstand a massive push in the third period to come away with the win, 4-3 in overtime.
Harvard got to work early, putting one past Mitch Benson that was eventually waived off, but stuck with it as Marek Hejduk scored on an odd-man rush with a slick top-shelf finish midway through the first. From there, the Crimson kept up the offense as a Mike Posma deflection to get BC on the board was bookended by two Matthew Coronato power play goals, each off one-time blasts from the left circle.
In the third, the Eagles went for broke, outshooting Harvard 22-2 in the period. They finally broke through Gibson for a second time when Nikita Nesterenko danced through the defense on a smooth individual effort with five minutes to go in regulation. Then Cutter Gauthier tied it, 3-3, with 1:31 left on the clock.
In a back-and-forth overtime, it was Hejduk coming up with the heroics, finishing a one-timer on a 2-on-1 counter rush with Alex Laferriere with 1.5 seconds.
HARVARD HOCKEY HISTORY 🚨🚨— Harvard Men's Hockey (@HarvardMHockey) February 7, 2023
MAREK HEJDUK SENDS THE CRIMSON TO THE FINAL WITH 1.5 LEFT IN OT
📺NESN #GoCrimson | #OneCrimson pic.twitter.com/AdGub1FpbP
In the nightcap, Northeastern took advantage of a sluggish BU start and a clutch performance from Devon Levi late to take the 3-1 win, avenging last year's championship defeat.
Aidan McDonough got it started with six minutes left in the first, picking the top-left corner from the left circle off of some pretty passing from the Huskies. Jakov Novak doubled the lead just 1:48 into the second when he cashed in on the doorstep.
As the Terriers pressed, Matt Brown got them on the board with the goalie pulled with 1:51 left, but it was no use. Levi stood tall as he stopped 25 shots through the final two periods, including 15 of 16 in the third, and Hunter McDonald added his first career goal via the empty net with 30 seconds left.
Something about that clutch gene.#HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/ZHXhjoOu6x— Northeastern Men’s Hockey (@GoNUmhockey) February 8, 2023