Primeau shutout leads No. 11 Northeastern past No. 18 Boston College in Beanpot semifinals

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By: Josh Brown

BOSTON – In Cayden Primeau’s first Beanpot start, he accomplished a feat so rare that it has not been seen since 1988. He shutout Boston College on one of the first two Mondays in February.

The freshman goalie was sensational, making 37 saves in the Huskies’ 3-0 semifinals victory over Boston College on Monday afternoon at TD Garden. The win sends No. 11 Northeastern to the Beanpot championship game next Monday, where they will take on Boston University. It is the fourth time in the last six years that Northeastern will appear in the title game.

On the offensive end, it was three familiar faces who paced the Huskies (16-7-5, 11-5-3). After Dylan Sikura and Nolan Stevens scored in the first and second period respectively to put Northeastern out in front, Adam Gaudette put the exclamation point on the victory with his 20th goal of the season with 4:39 remaining in regulation.

The win gives the Huskies three straight Beanpot wins against Boston College for the first time in program history.

Sikura got the scoring going on the power play midway through the first period. Despite being challenged by a couple of BC defenders at the right circle, the senior fired a shot that deflected off the stick of BC defender Casey Fitzgerald and beat goalie Joe Woll (29 saves). The tally, which was assisted by Gaudette and Jeremy Davies, was the 50th of Sikura’s career.

Nolan Stevens gave the Huskies a two goal lead at the 15:34 mark of the second period on his 18th goal of the season. After Dylan Sikura fired a shot from the blue line that was saved by Woll, Stevens collected the rebound in front of the net and jammed it home.

The Eagles came out firing in the third period, throwing 15 shots on Primeau. Despite this, the game’s final goal came when Gaudette cleaned up a Stevens shot from the left dot.

Northeastern will be back in action on Friday night at Matthews Arena when they take on Connecticut. WRBB will have complete coverage, with pregame beginning at 6:45 p.m.

 

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