Boston University 8, Boston College 2 Harvard 7, Northeastern 5
BOSTON (AP) _ Boston University reached the final of the Beanpot college hockey tournament for the 10th straight year with an 8-2 victory Monday night over Boston College, and will face Harvard next week for the title.
Steve Thornton and Ken Rausch scored twice for the Terriers, seeking to tie their own record with a fourth straight Beanpot championship.
In the opening semifinal of the tournament fought annually among four Boston-area schools, Matt Malgrave’s three goals led Harvard to a 7-5 defeat of Northeastern.
Boston University (18-5-2) is trying to match its mark of four straight Beanpot titles in the early 1970s. It has failed to reach the tournament’s final just three times in the last 30 years.
Thornton scored twice in the first period for the Terriers and Jay Pandolfo added Boston University’s third goal in that period. Rich Brennan’s goal early in the second period knocked Boston College goalie Mike Sparrow out of the game.
The teams combined for four goals in less than two minutes early in the third period.
John Joyce tipped in a shot for Boston College (7-15-4) to end Scott Cashman’s shutout bid 5:24 into the period on a power play, and Doug Wood answered for Boston University 56 seconds later against backup Josh Singewald. Mike Spalla scored 38 seconds later for the Eagles, but Rausch responded 22 seconds after that for the Terriers.
Jacques Joubert made it 7-2 for Boston University 4 1/2 minutes later and Rausch scored again with 1:11 left to wrap up the Terriers’ fourth victory over the Eagles this season.
The final next Monday will be the fourth time in the last five years Boston University and Harvard have met for the title.
Mallgrave, a senior winger from Silver Spring, Md., who has been drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, scored a shorthanded goal in the opening period for Harvard and added a pair of power-play goals in the second period. He also had an assist.
Ted Drury, Tom Holmes, Brian Farrell and Cory Gustafson also scored for the Crimson (14-1-1), who have not lost since late November. Drury was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic team.
Northeastern (8-15-1), which has won just one of its last 10 games, got two goals from Jason Melong and individual scores from Jordan Shields, Bob Kellogg and Dino Grossi. Four of the Huskies’ goals came on power plays, and the fifth came less than a second after a power play had ended.