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February 8, 2011

Ferriero, Northeastern in unlikely position

BOSTON — For over two decades it's been nothing but the agony of defeat for the Northeastern University men's hockey team in the Beanpot Tournament. Not since 1988 have the Huskies captured the title in the prestigious two-week showdown that features the four Boston Division 1 hockey programs (NU, Harvard, Boston College and Boston University).

This year, however, change could be in the air for the Huskies. On the heels of a 4-0 drubbing of Harvard at the TD Garden Monday night in the opening round of the Beanpot, Northeastern moves on to next Monday's final to face the winner of the late game between BC and BU. The Eagles and Terriers have combined to win the last 18 Beanpot titles.

"(Northeastern) dominated us in every facet of the game," Harvard head coach Ted Donato said. "They were a much better team out there tonight."

Helping the Huskies (9-11-6) to their second Beanpot final appearance in three seasons was Essex native Cody Ferriero, who got his first taste of the famed tourney. The freshman winger, who was a star for Governors Academy just last year, is already playing regular minutes for the Huskies on their third line at just 19-years-old.

"You have to treat it like a normal game, but yeah, there was something extra to it," said Ferriero. "It was a great time. It was really fast paced and we definitely capitalized on a few power plays."

In Monday's win Ferriero, whose brother Benn is a forward for the San Jose Sharks, notched significant ice time in the win while recording a pair of shots on goal. Ferriero's best scoring opportunity came late in the third period when he took a drop pass from linemate Braden Primm and ripped a one-timer on Harvard goalie Kyle Richter, who replaced starter Ryan Carroll after two periods.

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