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NCAA: MacLean Celebrini's double sends Terriers to Beanpot final

NCAA: MacLean Celebrini's double sends Terriers to Beanpot final

Boston, Massachusetts. – MacLean Celebrini scored twice in the first 6:10 of play, propelling the Boston University Terriers to a spot in the Beanpot Final with a 4-3 win over their archrival, the Boston College Eagles.

The youngest player to play for the American team, Celebrini scored his twentieth and twenty-first goals of the season with the help of two wonderful shots.

The cannonball that the 17-year-old center delivered to Canadiens goalie prospect Jacob Fowler — all via a pass made to him by CH defenseman prospect Lane Hutson — made the count 2 to 0 in favor of the Terriers.

The top prospect to be selected first overall in the next NHL Draft now has six multi-goal performances on his record.

Gabriel Perrault tightened the score for Boston College in the middle period, but the Habs' third-string prospect, Luke Tuch, colored the scoresheet to restore BU's two-goal lead.

Then a defensive shift in the Eagles' zone paved the way for Ryan Greene to extend the Terriers' lead to three goals early in the final period.

However, Gentry Shamburger gave life to the Boston College fans in attendance at TD Garden, with his first goal of the campaign.

Shamburger's teammates followed suit, and Perrault doubled the lead less than three minutes later.

The Eagles invaded the Terriers' area during the last five minutes of the confrontation, but goalkeeper Mathieu Caron closed the door, making 35 saves. For his part, Fowler faced 30 shots.

Younger Yannick Perrault, a first-round pick of the New York Rangers last June, now has 12 goals and 29 assists in 25 games in his first NCAA campaign.

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Northeast is in familiar territory

In the other semifinal, Gunnarwolfe Fontaine played hero 32 seconds into overtime, scoring the winning goal for the Northeastern University Huskies, who defeated the Harvard Crimson, 3-2.

Wolf, a Nashville Predators player, accepted a pass from Justin Hrykoyan before firing a shot into the net to end the discussion.

This will be the sixth straight time the Huskies have played in the final. The latter team has won four of the last five editions, displaying a scintillating 10-1 record in their last ten Beanpot matches.

Fontaine now has four goals to his name in the traditional competition that includes four Boston-area universities.

The Beanpot Final will be played next Monday, at 8 p.m., also at TD Garden.