It's the second Monday in February and that means it's time for the Beanpot final (unless, of course, Mother Nature has other ideas; we'll keep you posted on any news about the Beanpot related to the blizzard set to hit Boston on Monday). For the first time since 2012, the BC-BU rivalry will be contested in the championship game, breaking a streak of three straight runner up finishes by Northeastern.
Both teams come in to the game hot, but banged up. Who will take home the crown?
7:30 PM - #7 Boston University vs. #4 Boston College
The Terriers won the coin toss and will serve as the home team. They will have last change and will attack the end the Bruins shoot at twice at TD Garden (loge sections 4-9).
TV: The Beanpot final will be broadcast on NESN in the United States. It will also be on TSN 1 in Canada.
Streaming: TSN's broadcast will stream in Canada/to all who have Canadian IP addresses. Unfortunately NESN's stream is not online.
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.
Online Radio: Listen to the BC radio broadcast on BCEagles.tv, or the student broadcast at WZBC online.
Comparing the teams
Boston College comes in as #4 in the Pairwise, riding an unbeaten streak of 8 games. The Eagles have the nation's #3 ranked offense, scoring an average of 4.11 goals per game. Defensively, BC is #5 in the country at 1.85 goals allowed per game. A key strength for BC is their penalty kill, which is 5th in the nation at 87%.
BU is #7 in the Pairwise and also comes in hot. Since going 0-1-1 against BC a few weeks ago, BU has won 5 games in a row. The BC games are their only blemish dating back to December 11, a span that includes wins over Quinnipiac and Harvard.
Statistically, the Terriers' strength is on offense, where they're #7 in the country with 3.67 goals scored per game. They are midpack defensively, 23rd with 2.59 GA/game.
Don't Forget The Consolation Game, I Guess
At 4:30 PM Harvard will take on Northeastern in the classic consolation game matchup, a game massively mattering to someone presumably. But in all seriousness Harvard could really use the win for Pairwise purposes. They're currently in a three-way tie for 9th place and can't really afford to drop a chance at a win against a lower ranked team like Northeastern. As usual, the consolation game will not be on TV so get there early if you care to watch it.
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 as we prep for the final.