BOSTON -- Searching for their first Beanpot title in a quarter-century, the Northeastern Huskies played a strong first period at the TD Garden, scoring an early goal and ending the stanza in a 1-1 tie with the No. 11/13 Boston University Terriers in the opening game of the 61st Beanpot Tournament.
Despite finishing tied, BU held a slim 12-10 shots on goal advantage in the stanza.
The Huskies were the first dogs on the board at 2:09 of the opening stanza as freshman Kevin Roy had the last whack at a loose puck in front of Terrier rookie Matt O'Connor. Senior captain Vinny Saponari, a former Terrier in his own right, got credit for the primary assist and careening the puck off O'Connor off to Roy for his team-leading 13th goal of the season.
However, the lead did not last long as the Terriers set up for a beautiful tic-tac-toe sequence in the offensive zone, cashing in past NU's Chris Rawlings at the 5:53 mark. Freshman Danny O'Regan, a Needham, Mass. native and St. Sebastian's School product, took the strong feed from senior Wade Megan for his tenth strike of the campaign.
Joshua Kummins covers Hockey East for SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKummins.