Five dif­ferent Boston Uni­ver­sity players scored goals, BU goalie Kieran Millan made 23 saves, and the Ter­riers defeated the Huskies 5–2 in the 57th Annual Beanpot Cham­pi­onship, dashing the hopes of a third-​​ranked North­eastern team bid­ding to win its first title since 1988.

The Ter­riers held a slim 3–2 advan­tage with slightly more than six min­utes left in the third period, before erupting for two short­handed goals just 28 sec­onds apart. Boston Uni­ver­sity defenseman David War­sofsky and for­ward Colin Wilson — the game’s high scorer with a goal and two assists — ripped two shots on two 2-​​on-​​1 odd-​​man rushes past North­eastern goalie Brad Thiessen, putting the game out of reach late in the third period.

In a valiant effort, North­eastern twice tied the game after the Ter­riers took 1–0 and 2–1 leads, but could not out­last the country’s top-​​ranked team during a fast-​​paced, phys­ical and penalty-​​laden match-​​up at a sold out TD Ban­kNorth Garden.

BU seized momentum slightly more than mid-​​way through the second period and just 1:05 after North­eastern tied the game at 2. Sta­tioned in front of Thiessen’s net all alone, BU for­ward Jason Lawrence tipped home a rink-​​wide, tape-​​to-​​tape pass from for­ward Chris Hig­gins for the game-​​winning goal.

North­eastern tied the game at 2 with 10 min­utes left in the second. Defenseman David Strathman slapped a shot from the right point on Millan, who gave up a rebound to for­ward Rob Rassey who tried to jam the puck into the net. For­ward Tyler McNeely easily tapped home Rassey’s stuff attempt and slammed into the boards in exaltation.

BU took a 2–1 lead 27 sec­onds into the second period. On the penalty kill, a loose puck in the neu­tral zone led to a break­away oppor­tu­nity for for­ward Kevin Gilroy who missed the net. After a strange bounce off the end boards, for­ward Nick Bonino whirled around into the slot and fired a shot over Thieissen’s shoulder.

North­eastern scored its first goal with 26 sec­onds left in the first period after a frantic scramble in front of the net. While on the pow­er­play, sopho­more for­ward Wade MacLeod fed a pass toward the crease for a diving Joe Vitale, the team’s cap­atin, who man­aged to deflect the puck on Millan. For­ward Mike McLaughlin han­dled the rebound and lifted it over Millan’s shoulder for the goal.

BU took the lead more than 15 min­utes into the first period on a 5-​​on-​​3 power play advan­tage when defenseman Colby Cohen ripped a one-​​timer past Thiessen from just inside the left circle.

Both teams started slowly offen­sively, with North­eastern man­aging the only shot on goal during the first six min­utes. Theissen made a spec­tac­ular right-​​pad save on BU’s first shot after a loose puck squirted to Hig­gins in the slot. North­eastern fans chanted, “Hobey Baker” — in ref­er­ence to a well-​​known col­le­giate goal­tending award — after he made another reac­tionary right pad save on a hard slap shot from the point from Cohen.

Thiessen won the Eberly Award, which goes to the Beanpot goal­tender with the highest save per­centage in the tournament.