Good morning, everybody! It's the first Monday in February, and that means it's time for the 64th annual Beanpot tournament to get underway at TD Garden. The Beanpot is always one of the most hotly anticipated events of the year in Boston, but this year promises to be one of the most exciting tournaments in years. Three teams—Harvard, BC and BU—enter the tournament ranked in the top 8, while the other, Northeastern, is rolling in hot and hoping to win their first title since 1988. Here's what you need to know to get ready for day one.
#5 Harvard University Crimson (12-4-3)
#6 Boston College Eagles (17-4-4)
The Eagles won the coin toss at last week's media day and will serve as the home team.
#28 Northeastern University Huskies (9-12-4)
#8 Boston University Terriers (14-7-4)
The Terriers won the coin toss and will serve as the home team.
TV: The Beanpot will be broadcast on NESN in the United States. It will also be on TSN 1 in Canada.
Streaming: Despite the fact that it's 2016, the downside of when college hockey games are on real TV is that unlike most games, they end up generally not streaming. As of now we are unaware of any plans NESN has to stream its broadcast online. TSN's broadcast will stream at TSN.ca, but only for Canadian IP addresses. We'll update this section if NESN's plans change—they do occasionally stream content on nesn.com.
Radio: The BC game will be broadcast live on WEEI 850 AM with Jon Rish and Andy Powers on the call. It will also be on WZBC 90.3 FM in Newton if you're near campus. The nightcap will be on Northeastern's radio partner, 1330 AM, as well as BU's, 1510 AM.
Online Radio: Listen to the BC radio broadcast on BCEagles.tv, or the student broadcast at WZBC online. Listen to the nightcap on BU's website.
Comparing the teams
Boston College has the top ranked offense of all the Beanpot teams and #4 in the country at 4.16 goals per game. Harvard is at #6 with 3.84 goals per game, BU is #8 at 3.6, and Northeastern rounds out the list at #23 (2.8 goals per game).
The Eagles also have the lowest goals against average in the field, 5th in the nation with a 1.80 team GAA. Harvard is #15 at 2.32. BU is #22 at 2.64. Finally, Northeastern is #27 at 2.72.
Harvard has the most dangerous power play in the tournament (31.88%), while BC has the best PK (86.1%).
Here's the game preview from BCEagles.com.
Also, BCEagles.com's game notes.
You can read BCI's complete Beanpot coverage throughout the day and throughout the week as we prepare for both the men's and women's Beanpots.