The first Monday in February has come and gone and BC came away with a 3-1 win last night against BU. It may not have been the most spectacular of performances, but it was a win, and BC is on to their fifth consecutive Beanpot Final - facing the Huskies of Northeastern for the second straight year. The 20-4-3 Eagles also have a game on Friday night at home against Merrimack, their first game at Conte since January 18 against Maine. We now turn it over to Jay-Z:
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On paper, it appeared that Boston University would have no chance against archrival Boston College, the No. 2-ranked team in the nation.
But the Beanpot Tournament is one of those events that frequently doesn't go the way it seems it should. On Monday night at TD Garden, the Eagles had to fend off a determined group of Terriers and they held on for a 3-1 victory.
Wow I am so surprised Marrapese-Burrell took the BU Moral Victory Angle on her game recap. That is so surprising you guys. This is my surprised face
Ryan Fitzgerald and Kevin Hayes scored, and four-time defending champion Boston College held off archrival Boston University 3-1 Monday night in the opening round of the 62nd annual Beanpot.
The Eagles (20-4-3) will play Northeastern, a 6-0 winner over Harvard, in the championship game next Monday night. Boston College, ranked No. 2 in the country, is looking for its 19th Beanpot title and fifth in a row -- which would be one fewer than BU's record six straight from 1995-2000.
The Boston University men's ice hockey team was edged, 3-1, by No. 2 Boston College in the opening round of the 62nd Beanpot on Monday night at TD Garden. Freshman Robbie Baillargeon scored 6:43 into the third period to get BU (8-15-3) within a goal at 2-1, but BC (20-4-3) notched an empty-net goal with 31 seconds remaining in regulation to seal the victory.
Does this team have what it takes to be a Beanpot champion?
WHOA is it already time for everyone to copy-paste their articles again from 2013, 2011 and 2009 about whether or not this year's Northeastern team has what it takes to finally lift NU's Beanpot hex?
Let me bring back my surprised face
The appropriate metaphor for Harvard's season (and its recent fortunes in the Beanpot) may be the Greek myth of King Sisyphus, condemned to perpetually pushing a boulder uphill.
Meanwhile, Harvard is a train wreck.
One cannot sugarcoat Harvard's performance against Northeastern in the first round of The Beanpot. After losing 6-0 and officially marking a 21st straight year without a title, words like horrid come to mind.
Yeah, that might be putting it nicely.
If a 5-foot-10, 170-pound kid from Lac-Beauport, Quebec -- and his NU teammates -- can replicate last season's Beanpot effort in the first round, the second Monday this February could be a historic date in the school's long and storied hockey history.
Eighteen former Eagles are on current NHL rosters. See how they did in last week's action.
With his NHL team in town to face the Bruins, Florida Panthers defenseman and Boston College alum Mike Mottau spoke at the Beanpot Luncheon last Tuesday. He's one of many Beanpot alums to be skating in the National Hockey League this season.
The Women's Beanpot gets underway tonight at Conte Forum. Here's an article on BC's Alex Carpenter, away for the season on Olympic duty:
Eighteen months ago, Alex Carpenter found herself on the outside looking in of the U.S. national hockey team. In 2012, the North Reading product was named to the under-18 team for a third straight year, but could not seem to crack the roster of the senior team headed for the IIHF world championship. Fear set in that time was running out to make a statement that would elevate her from the junior roster and into consideration for the 2014 Olympic team.
Freshman Andie Anastos was named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month and co-captain Corinne Boyles earned Co-Goaltender of the month accolades as announced by Hockey East on Monday.
Luke Kuechly has been voted The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year, adding the honor to his top defensive rookie award of 2012. Carolina's All-Pro linebacker received 19 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league in balloting announced Saturday night. He beat out Indianapolis All-Pro linebacker Robert Mathis, who earned 11 1/2 votes.
"This is a real interesting year and there's going to be some bumps in it, but you're going to develop your players and hopefully you get a few key pieces that will be good for you," Addazio said. "All of a sudden you're moving and gaining momentum."