BOSTON -- After Monday night's thrilling Beanpot victory, No. 4 Boston University returns home to Agganis Arena for the final time in the regular season on this Friday evening. The Terriers will face Northeastern for the second of three meetings in six games, all at different venues. The 223rd all-time faceoff of the longtime city rivals is set for 7:30 p.m.
Junior captain Matt Grzelcyk's second goal of the game 51 seconds into overtime lifted the Terriers to a 4-3 win and their 30th Beanpot title on Monday night at TD Garden. With Monday's win, BU clinched its first championship trophy of any kind since the 2010 IceBreaker in St. Louis and can lock up the Hockey East regular-season title with a point gained (or a point lost by second-place Boston College at Notre Dame) tonight.
Grzelcyk, a Charlestown, Mass. native and Bruins prospect, was named Most Valuable Player for the effort, becoming the 32nd all-time Terrier to win the honor (the first since Nick Bonino in 2009). He is also BU's first Beanpot MVP from within Boston city limits since Mike Prendergast in 1992.
Jack Eichel assisted on Grzelcyk's game-winning goal to reach the 50-point plateau, a mark no Terrier freshman had reached since Tony Amonte in 1989-90. In fact, he is the first BU player to reach the half-century mark since Colin Wilson and Bonino each did it in 2008-09.
Despite falling in the Beanpot final for the fourth time in the last five seasons, the Huskies are 10-3-3 since the start of the 2015 calendar year and are unbeaten in 15 of their last 18 games. Sophomore John Stevens is in the midst of a seven-game point streak, the longest by a Husky this season, after scoring NU's opening goal Monday. He has three goals and nine points in that span.
Juniors Kevin Roy and Dustin Darou also scored in the opening meeting with the Terriers, while senior Clay Witt made 30 saves. Darou's third-period tying goal was his second of the Beanpot and just the third of his career, all of which have come this season.
Here are tonight's lines:
HUSKIES (15-13-4, 10-8-2)
Kevin Roy - Dalen Hedges - Mike McMurtry
Zach Aston-Reese - Mike Szmatula - Torin Snydeman
Nolan Stevens - John Stevens - Dylan Sikura
Mike Jamieson - Brendan Collier - Adam Reid
Dustin Darou - Matt Benning
Trevor Owens - Colton Saucerman
Dax Lauwers - Garret Cockerill
TERRIERS (20-6-5, 13-4-3)
Evan Rodrigues - Jack Eichel - Danny O'Regan
Ahti Oksanen - Robbie Baillargeon - Cason Hohmann
Nikolas Olsson - Matt Lane - Nick Roberto
Chase Phelps - Mike Moran - J.J. Piccinich
Matt Grzelcyk - John MacLeod
Brandon Hickey - Brandon Fortunato
Doyle Somerby - Brien Diffley