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Beanpot 2011: Northeastern Gives Boston College All It Can Handle, But Eagles Prevail

It wasn't easy for the No. 1 team in the country, but when it was all said and done -- and after some overtime --Boston College won the Beanpot Monday night for the second year in a row, defeating Northeastern, 7-6. It's the Eagles' 16th title overall, and their third in the past four years.

It was a wild, frenetic championship game between BC and Northeastern, with both sides exchanging the lead throughout the night. The second period alone had five goals, three from the Eagles, and both teams netted two more in the third period, including Northeastern's goal with just 1:46 left to tie it up.

The teams headed to overtime where, just six minutes into the extra frame, BC's Jimmy Hayes beat goalie Chris Rawlings for the game-winner. Chris Kreider was named tournament MVP, scoring two goals and an assist to help give BC back-to-back titles for the first time since the 1960s.

BC Interruption tips its cap to Northeastern, which gave BC all it could handle and then some. 

Despite some poor BC defense and special teams play, the Huskies gave the Eagles all they could handle for 60 minutes, playing in what amounted to their program's first-round NCAA Tournament game. Despite the loss, NU goalie Chris Rawlings was named best goaltender of the Beanpot, turning aside 39 of 46 shots in the losing effort. [...]

With the win, BC wins the Beanpot in back-to-back years for the first time in 46 years, and the program is making strides to rename this tournament the "BC Invitational." Speaking of the "BU Invitational," Boston University finished last in their own tournament for the first time since 1980, losing to Harvard 5-4 in the Consolation Game.