Northeastern left wing Gunnarwolfe Fontaine is constructing a Beanpot legacy in additional time video games towards Harvard.
The senior from East Greenwich, R.I., completed a give and go together with Justin Hryckowian 33 seconds into the three-on-three to raise the Huskies to a 3-2 victory over the Crimson within the opener of the 71st Beanpot on Monday night time on the TD Garden.
The Huskies have gained 4 of the final 5 Beanpots and can defend their title towards the winner of the Boston College versus Boston University semifinal subsequent Monday night time. Fontaine scored two objectives in regulation in final 12 months’s 2-2, 1-0, shootout victory over Harvard within the title recreation.
NU improved to 12-12-2 whereas Harvard fell to 4-14-3.
“I’m really just focusing on team and winning two Beanpots would be the best thing for me,” stated Fontaine. “When you get the chance to hold that trophy over your head with your teammates and I really want that now. When you get to the Garden and the lights are on it is really special.”
NU entered the Beanpot driving its solely scorching streak of the season. The Huskies had gained 4 straight that included a 4-3 additional time victory towards No. 3 BU on Jan. 30 and a 6-3 beatdown of No. 6 Maine on Friday night time. Both video games have been performed at Matthews Arena.
“We have been able to string some wins together so our group is feeling pretty confident right now,” stated NU head coach Jerry Keefe. “We have won different ways and we scored six the last game so I feel that this group has a little confidence so when they step on the ice we expect to win.”
NU opened the scoring with the textbook definition of breakout hockey. Huskies’ captain Justin Hryckowian compelled a turnover and commenced the surge with a brief diagonal move Alex Campbell on the NU blue line. Campbell made a straight rush up the precise boards and cruised unopposed into the Harvard zone.
Campbell crossed up Harvard defenseman Ryan Healey on the prime of the precise circle, minimize laterally by way of the slot and fired a wrister that beat Harvard goalie Derek Mullahy (35 saves) stick facet for his fifteenth of the season. NU exited the primary with a 15-7 benefit in pictures on aim.
“He is a hell of a player and I am super lucky to have him on my line,” stated Hryckowian, who completed with a aim and two assists. “You saw his speed and skill on display there so I got him the puck, got out of the way and he did the rest.”
NU goalie Cameron Whitehead (21 saves) misplaced his stick throughout a scrum in entrance of the online and Harvard tied the sport 1-1 at 2:53 of the second interval. Freshman Ben MacDonald collected the puck behind the NU cage, skated the round path to the excessive slot and fired a wrist shot by way of a display and between Whitehead’s between the pads for his fourth of the season.
Whitehead made amends when he stoned Healy on a penalty shot at 7:32. Northeastern led Harvard 22-17 in pictures on aim after two.
“The penalty shot was huge to make that save and he did,” stated Keefe. “He made a huge save against a really good player and our team has so much confidence in him.”
The Crimson had simply killed off an NU energy play when freshman Matthew Morden put Harvard up 2-1 at 4:19 of the third. Jack Bar made a slide move alongside the blue line to Morden, who one timed a slapper by way of a display that eluded Whitehead for the primary tally of his collegiate profession.
NU tied the sport 2-2 at 10:43 on an alert play by Hryckowian in entrance of the Harvard crease. Dylan Hryckowian acquired the puck to sophomore defenseman Vinny Borgesi, who despatched a slap by way of display that was saved by Mullahy. Justin Hryckowian corralled the rebound and again handed into the uncovered half of the online for his seventh of the season.
Mullahy stood up beneath an intense flurry within the remaining minute of regulation to pressure the additional time. NU had a 37-23 benefit in shoots on aim after regulation.
“I thought looked in control all game long,” stated Harvard coach Ted Donato. “Obviously at the end we made it a little bit more hectic than we would have liked and I thought he played with a confidence and a calm.”