What Madden has in store for the upcoming Beanpot tournament final on Monday night against Boston College is anyone’s guess, but what we’ve learned this season about the NCAA rookie is that he’s a big goal scorer in the most defining of moments.
Madden scored the overtime winner for the Northeastern Huskies against a strong Boston University side in the Beanpot semi-final — and it was another sensational moment for the 19-year-old.
With the score tied 1-1 early in the overtime session, Madden took a stretch pass at the opposition’s blue-line, broke into the zone and wired a wrist-shot past the goalie’s glove hand.
Madden then did what Madden does best — an impromptu sliding snow angel celebration that left him buried under a dogpile of rabid Huskies teammates.
The overtime hero finished the game with six shots on net (five in the third period), a plus-1 rating and went seven-for-19 in the face-off circle.
He was a lightning rod all game, deking and dangling his way to another electrifying performance.
Madden’s 13th-ranked Huskies did drop a 3-2 overtime decision on Thursday at Connecticut, a game in which the centre had one assist and five shots on net, but also went a minus-3 and a sub-par eight-for-22 on face-offs.
We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt after a whirlwind experience a couple nights prior.
Madden is showing the skill and determination that led the Canucks to draft the versatile centre in the third round of last year’s draft.