BC tops BU, sets up Beanpot final vs. Northeastern

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The 62nd annual Beanpot final will feature two schools who are no strangers to the championship contest in recent times.

Ryan Fitzgerald, Kevin Hayes and Johnny Gaudreau lit the lamp as Boston College topped bitter rival Boston University, 3-1, in the late semifinal from TD Garden.

Thatcher Demko made 27 saves for the Eagles, who are seeking their fifth consecutive championship and will face the program it bested for the 2011 and 2013 titles.

In the process, BC extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games (12-0-1).

Robbie Baillargeon provided the Terriers' lone offense, while Matt O'Connor halted 29 pucks in defeat. BU, which has claimed 29 Beanpot crowns, hasn't won since 2009.

Earlier on Monday, Clay Witt stopped all 27 shots he faced and Kevin Szmatula added a goal and two assists, as Northeastern beat Harvard, 6-0.

Braden Pimm, Kevin Roy, Colton Saucerman and Dalen Hedges each posted a score and a helper for the Huskies, who are once again on the cusp of their first tourney win since 1988.

Raphael Girard gave up five goals on 21 shots in just over two periods for the Crimson, who haven't won it all since 1993. Steve Michalek finished up by stopping all 11 shots he faced.