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Boston University advances to Beanpot final with 4-0 win over Northeastern

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Canadian Press
Feb 5, 2007, 11:43 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) - Benn Ferriero had a goal and an assist, Cory Schneider stopped 20 shots and Boston College advanced to the finals of the 55th Beanpot Tournament with a 3-1 win over Harvard on Monday night.

Nathan Gerbe and Brian Boyle also scored for the Eagles, who reached the championship game for the fourth time in five seasons and will play Boston University for the title next Monday night. Earlier, John Curry made 27 saves to lead the two-time defending champion Terriers past Northeastern 4-0.

The annual tournament features Boston's four Division I hockey programs vying for a coveted trophy and citywide bragging rights. The Eagles have won the tournament 13 times - second to BU's 27.

Forwards Brock Bradford of Burnaby, B.C., Matt Price of Milton, Ont., and Dan Bertram of Calgary are also on the Boston university roster.

Dylan Reese scored for Harvard with an assist from Kevin Du of Spruce Grove, Alta.

Goaltender Kyle Richter of Calgary made 29 saves for Harvard.

Defencemen Alex Biega of Montreal and Dave MacDonald of Halifax were also on Harvard's roster.

The two rivals will meet in the final for the sixth time since 2000, including the second consecutive year. BU beat BC 3-2 for last year's championship before the Eagles went on a late-season run and advanced to the national title game, where they lost to Wisconsin.

BU, which has won 10 of the last 12 championships and advanced to 23 of the past 24 title games, has as many championships as the other three schools combined.

"I thought this was our most thorough game of the year," Terriers coach Jack Parker said. "We did a lot of things very well, which helped us control our own destiny."

Defenceman Eric Gryba of Saskatoon, forward Brandon Yip of Maple Ridge, B.C. and goaltender Karson Gillespie of Mankota, Sask., are on Boston University's roster.

Dan McGoff had two goals to help BU advance to its 13th consecutive Beanpot title game. Pete MacArthur and Kenny Roche also scored for the Terriers.

Brad Thiessen of Aldergrove, B.C., srarted for Northwestern and made 33 saves.

Defenceman Denis Chisholm of Fox Valley, Sask., also played for Northeastern. Forward Dylan Wiwchar of Sherwood Park is on Northeastern's roster but didn't see any playing time.

The Terriers, ranked No. 8 in the nation, entered on a three-game winless skid (0-1-2) and were coming off a 0-0 tie last Friday against UMass-Lowell.

"We needed a confidence booster," Curry said. "Last Friday wasn't the best game, but tonight we came out and we really refocused quickly. We only had two days of practice and the next day we were a little bit down, but we had to get geared up for this game. We couldn't dwell on it."

They didn't. After getting outshot 11-8 in the first period, BU outshot Northeastern 29-16 the rest of the way and scored twice in 48 seconds midway through the second period to break a scoreless tie.

MacArthur retrieved a pass from Chris Higgins just to the right of the crease, then sneaked the puck past Northeastern goalie Brad Thiessen to give BU a 1-0 lead 8:59 into the second period.

Roche made it 2-0 when he faked left, then beat Thiessen to the right on a breakaway at 9:47.

Thiessen saved 33 shots for Northeastern, which hasn't won the Beanpot since 1988 and has failed to advance past the first round in four of the past five years.

"We came into this Beanpot thinking we were going to win," Northeastern forward Mike Morris said. "We've been playing good hockey and we are a confident group."

The Huskies had a chance to make it a close game, but couldn't get anything past Curry during a 5-on-3 power play spanning the second and third periods.

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