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BOSTON – For the second year in a row, it was an unlikely hero that put an end to the Beanpot Tournament.Boston College freshman defenseman Nick Petrecki scored his second goal of the game at 7:07 of the first overtime to give the Eagles a 6-5 win over Harvard in the 56th Beanpot championship game at TD BankNorth Garden on Monday night.Petrecki joins the likes of Wayne Turner, Nick Gillis, Ryan Murphy and last year’s hero, BU’s Brian McGuirk, as unlikely goal-scorers in overtime in the Beanpot as the Eagles held off a Crimson team that overcame four deficits in the contest.BC’s Brian Gibbons was named the tournament MVP after a two-goal, two-assist performance over the two nights. Northeastern’s Brad Thiessen won the Eberly Award, given to the goaltender with the best save percentage in both games, with an .897 save percentage. The mark was the lowest to win the Eberly since BU’s Scott Cashman in 1993 (.872).The game-winner came as a result of a rebound off the pads of Harvard goalie Kyle Richter. Pat Gannon charged down the right wing and put a shot on net that was stopped. Petrecki cheated up ice and when Matt Price crashed the net and occupied two Harvard defenders, Petrecki had a wide-open net to put the puck into.”Nick is going to be a great player for us, but he made a memory that he’ll never forget (Monday),” BC coach Jerry York said.The Eagles and Crimson were meeting in the final for the first time since 1994, when sophomore Tom Ashe scored in overtime to give BC a 2-1 win at the old Boston Garden.And just like that one, the third period proved to be very dramatic.The Eagles carried a 3-2 lead into the final frame but saw that erased just 2:35 in when Mike Taylor scored on a power play, the Crimson’s second of the game, as his knuckleball shot got over the shoulder of BC’s John Muse.At the other end, Harvard’s Richter kept the game tied when he made two spectacular saves on Ben Smith and Nathan Gerbe on the next shift.The Eagles returned the power-play favor to the Crimson at 5:48 as Gannon one-timed a Price centering pass between Richter’s pads to give BC a 4-3 lead.BC then seemingly put Harvard down for the count at 10:24 as fourth-line winger Andrew Orpik crashed the net and deposited a Matt Lombardi rebound into the back of the net.But the Crimson showed some moxie and responded 50 seconds later with a Jon Pelle bullet under the crossbar to cut the lead to 4-3.Taylor then forced the game into overtime with 5:18 left on the clock as he deflected an Alex Biega shot from the left point past Muse to complete the Crimson’s comeback.The finish proved to be a complete flip from the first 40 minutes, when the Eagles came out flying in, challenging Richter at every turn. The pressure paid off just 3:51 in, when Brian Gibbons batted home Matt Price’s pass from the right circle to give BC a 1-0 lead.The Crimson, however, showed some resolve and fought back to take the lead with two goals in a little under three minutes.Taylor drew the Crimson even at 8:37 when he rifled a quick wrister over Muse’s shoulder. Just under three minutes later, Doug Rogers intercepted a Tim Filangieri pass and fed Matt McCollem for a bullet under the crossbar from the left circle and a 2-1 Harvard lead after one.The Eagles hit the comeback trail 101 seconds into the second period as Gibbons got his second goal of the contest. The freshman from Braintree picked up a loose puck in the right wing corner and walked out to the top of the right circle, where he put a bullet over Richter’s shoulder.The Crimson continued to keep some pressure on Muse at the other end, but couldn’t find the mark. BC then took the lead at 9:06 on a pretty play by Petrecki.Petrecki picked up the puck at the BC blue line and got around Rogers and Brian McCafferty at the Crimson line before picking the same corner that Gibbons did to give the Eagles a 3-2 gap heading to the third.In the consolation game, Boston University scored the game’s final three goals to take a 5-4 win o

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