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Roy hat trick lifts Northeastern over BU in Beanpot semifinal

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Roy hat trick lifts Northeastern over BU in Beanpot semifinal

It had been quite some time -- 25 years actually -- since the Northeastern Huskies men's hockey team had beaten the Boston University Terriers men's hockey team in the Beanpot Tournament, but they did so Monday night.

Huskies freshman Kevin Roy netted a hat trick in the 3-2 win, scoring a goal in each period including his third with under five minutes to play in the game.

The win is an upset for the Huskies, who came into the game last in Hockey East while BU held down fourth place while being ranked 13th in the nation.

Northeastern will play next Monday against the winner of BCHarvard in the 61st Beanpot Tournament Finals.

It's NU's third trip to the finals in five years, although they didn't win the other two.

For BU, it's the fourth straight year they'll go without a Beanpot championship, despite leading all four teams with 29 trophies in the tournament's history.

Danny O'Regan and Sahir Gill scored for the Terriers, but Northeastern goaltender Chris Rawlings was strong in net.

Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

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Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

PHILADELPHIA – For the third time in as many games, the Boston Celtics will field a different lineup.

It will have a domino effect on Boston’s usual starters, but no one more than Al Horford who will slide over to power forward with Aron Baynes inserted into the starting lineup where he’ll be charged with trying to defend Sixers 7-footer Joel Embiid.

Meanwhile, Horford will be assigned to defend Robert Covington who is one of Philadelphia’s better perimeter scorers.

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“I feel like one of my strengths is being able to play multiple positions,” Horford told NBC Sports Boston. “It presents a different challenge for me, which is making sure I do a good job of covering him out on the perimeter, staying between him and the basket.”

In Philadelphia’s 120-115 season-opening loss to Washington, Covington led all Sixers with 29 points which included him going 7-for-11 from 3-point range in addition to grabbing seven rebounds.

While Covington will be Horford’s first defensive assignment, he knows he will also be called upon at times to defend Embiid who ranks among the best centers in the NBA despite having played just 32 games over the course of three NBA seasons.

In the loss to the Wizards, Embiid had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Horford’s defense will be critical for Boston (0-2) to get its first win of the season, but the Celtics will also need him to take advantage of scoring opportunities as well.

“We have some guys down, but that creates opportunities for other guys to step up and contribute,” Horford said. “It’s going to all of us, the veterans, the young players, all of us to get that first win.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens agreed.

“I think that’s how we have to look at it,” Stevens said. “We’re going to have to make a few tweaks on how we do things, obviously. Hey, it’s gonna be something that we’re going to have to do really, really well on the fly.”

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