To say the Northeastern Huskies were happy with Chris Rawlings’ performance in the first game of the tournament is a bit of an understatement judging by the way his squad tackled him in the crease when time expired.
All the senior netminder did was hold off the #13 BU Terriers, winners of 29 Beanpot Championships, 3-2 to advance to the Championship game for the second time in three years next Monday.
Kevin Roy provided all the offense Northeastern needed with his first collegiate hat trick.
The freshman, who leads the team in scoring, got things going early with his 13th tally of the season at 2:09. The Terriers would answer with a Danny O’Regan one-timer just four minutes later.
Roy’s second score came after he intercepted an errant pass in front of an empty net to put Northeastern up 2-1. After the Huskies dumped the puck deep in the Terrier zone, freshman goaltender Matt O’connor came out of the crease to play the puck below the left circle and sent a pass to Ben Rosen inside the circle. Rosen tried to go up ice with the puck but Roy grabbed it and dropped it into an empty net.
Northeastern extended their lead to 3-1 at 4:38 of the final frame with Roy’s third goal of the contest. Husky defenseman Josh Manson let a one-timer go from the point that O’connor sent into the corner. BU defenseman Garrett Noonan tried to clear the puck out but once again Roy was in the right place at the right time to intercept the pass. This time he able to beat O’Connor just inside the left post.
BU junior Sahir Gill brought the Terriers to with in one with 1:11 remaining but the Terriers were unable to mount anymore offense even with an extra attacker.
Rawlings, a veteran of four Beanpots, had 32 saves for the Huskies while freshman Matt O’Connor playing in his debut Beanpot for BU stopped 23 shots.