IT’S TROPHY SEASON!
Boston College Women’s Hockey is now solidly out of their mid-season doldrums and rocking a cool six game winning streak, giving them a nice bit of momentum as we kick off the official start of Trophy Season. The Eagles do get the only unranked team in this year’s Beanpot, but any slip up by BC will not only throw away a chance at hardware... it will put the Eagles right back into PAIRWISE PANIC mode.
No. 7 Boston College Eagles (19-9-0, 16-7-0 WHEA)
at Harvard Crimson (7-11-3, 6-8-2 ECAC)
Bright-Landry Hockey Center
Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
HOW TO WATCH
You’ve got options this week. The game will be on real, honest-to-goodness HDTV, with NESNPlus picking up the feed. Or, if you don’t get NESN as part of your cable package, the game will also be streamed on ESPN+ (for a small fee).
KRACH has the Eagles heavily favored, with BC at a 81.69% chance of winning (BC -446 on the money line).
GRaNT gives us a score projection of 3.02 to 1.48 in favor of the Eagles — something like a 3-1 or a 3-2 final.
LAST TIME OUT
Harvard is on a two game winning streak with a couple of decent wins over bad teams, taking a 5-2 win against rival Yale before dropping Brown 4-0 the following night.
Boston College launched Holy Cross into the sun in their only game of the weekend with a 6-0 effort.
THIS WEEK’S STORYLINE
History tells us that this tournament is about more than just the hardware. BC teams have a history of using the Beanpot as a springboard to bigger things, and there are almost always huge Pairwise implications. In today’s case, a win over Harvard won’t really do much to advance the cause… but a loss would sure throw a massive wrench into BC’s building late-season comeback. The Eagles *cannot* be looking ahead to a potential final against BU or Northeastern. Every single game is a must win for BC the rest of the way.
Can BC take its shutout against a very bad Holy Cross team and parlay that into another good defensive effort against a somewhat better team? Will the BC offense continue its surge? Will BC get a power play goal? Please? Can the Eagles stay out of the box? Pretty please? Do the Eagles want BU to lose in the earlier semifinal because eff BU, or do the Eagles want Northeastern to win in the earlier semifinal to potentially help their Pairwise position with a win in the final? TRICK QUESTION, THE EAGLES SHOULD NOT EVEN BE REMOTELY THINKING ABOUT THE OTHER SEMIFINAL OR ANYTHING THAT MIGHT HAPPEN NEXT WEEK, THE GAME AGAINST HARVARD IS ALL THAT MATTERS RIGHT NOW.
RANDOM, DEFINITELY CORRECT FACT OMITTED FROM HARVARD’S WIKIPEDIA PAGE
How do you know if someone went to Harvard? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.
ICE CREAM OF THE WEEK
We do ice cream of the week because hell yeah, ice cream.
24k Gold Ice Cream
This is exactly the sort of stupid thing someone with a Harvard business degree would come up with and sink hundreds of thousands of dollars of their daddy’s money into before wondering why they still aren’t turning a profit two years in and are trying to explain to the people on Shark Tank why they should be given more money because, Mr. Wonderful, I went To Harvard Business School So This Is All Going To Turn Around I Promise.
GAME TIME SONG OF THE WEEK
The Raconteurs — Steady As She Goes
Great song from a side project of Jack White of The White Stripes. BC just needs to stay the course, keep focused on today’s game, and continue their upward trajectory. Things are looking up, but one stumble will undo it all.
Harvard’s not very good, but their blowout wins over a couple bad teams last week should give BC pause. Especially with the game at Harvard’s rink, this could be closer than BC wants it to be. I still think BC comes away with a win, but it might be until the 2nd or 3rd that the Eagles really feel comfortable. I’ll call it a 3-1 win for BC.