Happy Tuesday! After a pair of tight games in the men's Beanpot semifinals last night, the women take to the ice tonight in the semifinals of the women's Beanpot at Walter Brown Arena. Unlike in the men's Beanpot, we've got definitive favorites in each game tonight: BC and Northeastern will be heavily favored to advance to the final. Can Harvard or NU spring an upset?
#10 Harvard University Crimson (12-8-1)
#1 Boston College Eagles (27-0-0)
The Eagles won the coin toss at last week's media day and will serve as the home team.
#6 Northeastern University Huskies (23-4-1)
#12 Boston University Terriers (17-9-2)
The Terriers are the home team as the host institution of this year's Women's Beanpot.
Streaming: Sadly, this year's coverage takes a big step back after last year's tournament at Harvard was broadcast in full on ESPN3. However, "Terrier TV" on BU's website is making this tournament available to stream for free (previously it was reported that they would charge for the stream). Here's a link to where to watch the games for free courtesy of BU athletics.
Radio: The BC vs. Harvard game will be broadcast on WHRB Harvard radio. Listen online.
Comparing the teams
Boston College has the top ranked offense in all of women's college hockey, scoring 5.22 goals per game. They also have the #3 ranked defense, tops among all Beanpot teams, allowing 1.15 goals per game.
Northeastern has the next best offense, with 4.68 goals per game (3rd in the nation). Their defense is #14 in the nation at 2.18 goals allowed per game.
BU is #6 offensively at 3.68 goals per game, while on defense they've been in the lower tier, ranked #26 with 3 goals allowed per game.
Fueled by elite goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer, Harvard is #6 in the nation in team defense (1.43 GAA), They're #18 on offense (2.38 goals per game).
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 discuss both the men's and women's Beanpots.