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BC Women’s Hockey vs. Harvard: Final Thoughts & Predictions

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A chance to loosen up a bit

John Quackenbos, BC Athletics

Who’s excited for Beanpot Tuesday!

Yeah, me neither. There’s nothing worse than playing at 5pm on the second Tuesday in February, and while even the consolation game would normally have some postseason implications for the Eagles, that’s not the case this time around. Boston College Women’s Hockey is distantly out of the national tournament at-large picture, and with this game a non-conference matchup, there’s no tournament positioning to play for, either.

So, that makes this game something slightly more important than an exhibition game. And to be honest, I kind of hope BC treats it like one and just has a little bit of fun with it or something.

WHO

#10 Harvard Crimson (13-10-1, 12-5-1 ECAC)
vs. Boston College Eagles (14-12-3, 13-9-2 WHEA)

WHAT

If I’m being generous here, “a hockey game”

WHERE

Walter Brown Arena
Boston, MA

WHEN

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
5:00pm EST

HOW TO WATCH

The game will be shown live on HDTV with NESNplus picking up coverage — yes, the Women’s Beanpot consolation is on TV and the Men’s Beanpot consolation doesn’t have any video at all.

PROJECTIONS

KRACH (used for odds) has BC in 16th and Harvard in 11th. That puts the Crimson as a moderate favorite at 62.62% odds to win, or BC +168 with your local bookie (for entertainment purposes only, of course).

GRaNT (used for scores) has the two teams in roughly the same positions, with BC in 16th and Harvard in 12th. Those work out to Harvard being favored by a 2.91 to 2.64 score, or something like a 3-2 Harvard win or maybe a 3-3 tie.

We have a direct link to all our BC Interruption hockey calculators in the site header. Just hover over “More” at the top of the page to be linked straight to the Live Pairwise, Projected Pairwise, KRACH, and GRaNT calculators.

LAST TIME OUT

Harvard’s having a nice year but they’ve run into some good competition the last couple weeks. They lost 3-1 to #3 Northeastern to wind up in the consolation game, and then over the weekend fell 4-1 to newly-minted #1 Cornell before taking a 4-3 win over Colgate.

Boston College had a horribly disappointing Beanpot semifinal, falling 4-0 to Boston University and crossing one potential trophy off the list early, and somehow managed to make the week even worse by falling 3-0 to New Hampshire in their one game over the weekend.

The Eagles and Crimson faced off earlier this season with the Eagles taking one on the chin in a brutal 7-1 loss on New Year’s Eve that marked the true end of BC’s shot at national tournament contention.

THIS WEEK’S STORYLINE

Reset. This game means absolutely nothing. Lighten up. Loosen your grip on the stick a little. Let the goalies skate out. Let the forwards and defenders swap positions for the night. Live a little. Bring a little joy back into the game for these players who have had to play through so many losses. Do something out of the ordinary, in the hopes that it might shake the cobwebs off the Eagles for the stretch run.

THE BIG QUESTION

Where’s the snow? Maybe it’s snowed a bit more up in Boston than it has here in southern Connecticut, but this winter has been terrible. I can appreciate that some of you out there hate snow and want none at all, but is this biweekly cold rain stuff really better? Surely not, right?

I have a snowblower I haven’t pulled out of the garage ONCE this year, and a brand new generator that’s just collecting cobwebs. Come on, let’s go! Give me at least ONE blizzard to hang my hat on! Anyway, yeah, BC vs. Harvard, sweet.

RANDOM, POSSIBLY INCORRECT FACT FROM HARVARD’s WIKIPEDIA PAGE

How do you know if someone went to Harvard? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.

GAME TIME MEAL OF THE WEEK

Skittles & Mountain Dew

This is not exactly a meat-and-potatoes kind of game. If you eat anything even remotely nutritious, dear reader, I will be sorely disappointed in you. Go with the Johnny Gaudreau special and have some Skittles & Mountain Dew. You’re an adult; you can do whatever you want.

GAME TIME SONG OF THE WEEK

The Benny Hill Show — Yakety Sax

I’m totally serious about wanting BC to go full-ridiculousness in this game. I honestly think it’ll do them some good.

PREDICTION

Coach Crowley probably isn’t going to do anything crazy here, but hopefully the bottom line players get a ton of playing time, Molly Barrow gets to play against a ranked team, and the team can play without any pressure. This is a game that matters way more to Harvard than it does to BC, so of course the universe will probably give us something that makes no sense and give us an Eagles victory. I don’t think that’ll actually happen — I officially think Harvard wins 4-1 with BC probably not giving or needing to give all that much focus to this one — but you just know this will be the one ranked win that BC pulls out of nowhere.