Earlier in the day, BC Interruption reported that the plan was for the Beanpot to go on in spite of the snow emergency and parking bans in place in Boston tomorrow. However, upon further review, TD Garden and the Beanpot schools have decided to postpone the consolation game and the final to Monday, February 23.
There was a strong desire to get in the Beanpot tomorrow night. Due to conflicts with the Bruins (Tuesday), the Celtics (Wednesday), and Disney on Ice from Thursday and for the following few weeks, the cancellation forces the tournament back two weeks and creates a logistical and scheduling issue for teams that will be coming off two-game weekends.
Sources said earlier in the day that there was a strong desire on TD Garden's end to play the games tomorrow as planned unless there is a particular hazard to the teams traveling to the game. While there are actually a couple of dates during Disney on Ice's run where there is no performance, the logistics of breaking down Disney on Ice's setup and preparing the Garden for a hockey game would be too much to accomplish in one day. Maybe next year they should have a contingency date ready to go.
When the games arrive, #11 Boston College will face #15 Harvard in the consolation game at 4:30 PM. While the consolation is often not a very spirited affair, this one is very significant to both teams as they try to solidify their NCAA tournament position.
The championship game, scheduled for 7:30 PM, features #2 Boston University and Northeastern. The resurgent Huskies are seeking their first Beanpot title since 1988.
One factor that could work in BC's favor in the consolation game: they will play just one game the weekend before the Beanpot, a Saturday night home tilt against UMass-Lowell. Harvard will be coming off a grueling trip to Clarkson and St. Lawrence over the weekend.
The Women's Beanpot is currently still on as planned for Tuesday night at Harvard.