The 61st Annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament concludes tonight at the TD Garden. Boston University and Harvard will partake in the Consolation Game at 4:30 p.m. and Northeastern and Boston College, the winners of the semi-final contests, will face off in the main event–the Championship Game–at 7:30 p.m.
For Northeastern, a win in the Championship Game of this Boston tradition would be their first since 1988. Overshadowed of late by the dominance of the Boston College and Boston University programs, the Huskies have an opportunity tonight to prove that they can play with the big boys. A win for the program would undoubtedly be huge. After a well-played game against the Terriers last week, Northeastern may just have the confidence needed to pull off the upset against the highly ranked Eagles.
Boston College skates into the Beanpot Championship tonight as the clear favorite. The Eagles are no strangers to Beanpot glory, taking home the trophy the past three years in a row. With all the recent success of the program, one might fear that the Eagles could potentially underestimate the hungry Huskies, but BC needs only be reminded of the overall Beanpot standings to recall why a win tonight is important. The Eagles fall a full 12 Championships shy of Boston University in the historical standings, 29-17. See the full results here. A win tonight would close the gap by yet another title, bringing the Eagles one step closer to holding bragging rights as Boston’s all-time best hockey program.
Tonight, there is a great deal on the line for both of these college hockey programs. The Huskies will fight for relevance, while the Eagles battle in their quest for history. Two programs with much to prove, but there will only be one 61st Beanpot Tournament Champion.
Who will it be?