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BC turns away Northeastern to win Beanpot 02.11.13 at 10:12 pm ET
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BC's Johnny Gaudreau celebrates the first of his two goals during Monday's 6-3 victory over Northeastern in the Beanpot championship game. (AP)

Northeastern made Boston College work harder than the score implies, but the Eagles skated away with the Beanpot championship with a 6-3 win Monday night at TD Garden. It was BC’s fourth consecutive Beanpot title.

Johnny Gaudreau scored twice, including a finish off a nice pass from Michael Matheson late in the third period to give BC a two-goal lead after NU had fought back from a 4-1 deficit to make it a game.

Northeastern’s Kevin Roy was named tournament MVP after scoring twice against BC to go with his hat trick in last Monday’s semifinal vs. Boston University.

BC coach Jerry York said he’s not surprised to see this senior class graduate with four straight Beanpot wins, but that it’s not the only class that could have pulled it off.

“We’ve had some very, very good teams,” York said, citing the late-1990s squads featuring players like Brian Gionta as an example. “Luck plays a certain amount [of a role] in winning this many Beanpots in a row for sure, and I think our players understand that.”

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BC hockey ready for Frozen Four championship 04.07.12 at 7:51 am ET
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With four national championships in the last 12 seasons, the Boston College men’s hockey program has been perhaps the most dominant in college hockey in the new millennium, and the Eagles will look to add another trophy to their ever-expanding case as they take on Ferris State in the Frozen Four championship Saturday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.

This year marks BC’s 23rd Frozen Four appearance in program history and its 10th in the last 15 seasons. Not only has the Eagles’ run under the guidance of coach Jerry York been dominant, but BC’s run to the national title game has been a continuation of what has been yet another banner season.

The Eagles (32-10-1) captured both the Hockey East regular season championship and the conference tournament, all while securing the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament in the process. In the tournament’s first two rounds, BC waltzed its way to the Frozen Four with a combination of a Chris Kreider-led offense and a stifling defense that shut its opponents out entirely. In their wins over Air Force and defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth, the Eagles didn’t surrender a single goal, outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 6-0.

Though they did let up their first goal of the tournament, perhaps the Eagles’ most impressive win came Thursday with a 6-1 rout of a talented Minnesota squad that had previously outscored its NCAA tournament opponents by a 12-5 margin. The win was BC’s 18th in a row and like it has been for much of that streak, goaltender Parker Milner was a prominent reason why the Eagles found themselves on the winning end against the Golden Gophers.

“It’s just like he’s climbing up the steps,” York told Scott McLaughlin of College Hockey News. “Every game, he gets better and better. It’s remarkable to watch. [Scott] Clemmensen and [John] Muse and [Cory] Schneider, they were always good.

“They never really had a stretch where, ‘Do we have a goalie here?’ or ‘How good’s the goalie?’ We always knew we had a goaltender with them. Parker was really struggling to play at our level. Then all of a sudden, he made all these strides. He’s just improved each week.”

In order to capture the national championship, BC will have to get through a tough Ferris State team on a streak of its own. The Bulldogs (16-7-5), the CCHA champions, have lost just three games since New Year’s Eve. While its run to the Frozen Four championship hasn’t been nearly as dominant as BC’s (Ferris State won its first two NCAA tournament games 2-1 before beating Union 3-1 in the semifinals), Ferris State has not been any less impressive, particularly in the win over a higher-seeded Union team.

Even with a stiff challenge and the grand stakes that await them, the Eagles are just focused on continuing their run, one that they hope ends with the program’s fifth national championship.

“It’s [doing] the little things,” BC captain Tommy Cross said to ESPN about the Eagles’ formula for success. “It’s doing the simple play over and over again. Earlier in the year we were trying to win the game in one shift, and that’s not how it works. Ten good shifts in a row is better than one great shift and one bad shift. So that’s our focus.”

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