Beanpot 2013: Boston College wins 4th straight title

Boston College seniors were perfect at the Beanpot during their four year career, as the Eagles doubled up Northeastern 6-3 on Monday night to win a fourth straight title.

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Beanpot 2013: Previewing the final

When Boston College and Northeastern take to the ice Monday night at 7:30 in the championship game of the 61st annual Beanpot, it will be a match-up of two teams that could not be more different.

BC, winner of three of the last five NCAA Championships and three consecutive Beanpots, sits in first place in Hockey East and is regarded as one of the top teams in the entire nation. Legendary head coach Jerry York is now the all-time career-wins leader among NCAA hockey coaches.

The Huskies, on the other hand, are in last place in Hockey East with very little Beanpot history outside of the 1980s. After last Monday's opening round in which Northeastern upset BU, coach Jim Madigan wanted to deflect all stories about history or lack thereof.

History tells us BC is superior, and the match-up on paper indicates BC is the more elite team. But, on the second Monday in February the history and all the records can be thrown out the window. Plus, Northeastern has already proven they can beat BC this season. In the second game of the season NU beat BC 3-1.

BC will certainly have the overall talent advantage, especially up front with five highly skilled forwards that can light up an opposing goaltender at any time. Leading that group is sophomore Johnny Gaudreau who was held scoreless in the 4-1 win over Harvard during the opening round. Senior Steven Whitney is one of those elite forwards. The Reading, MA native had a highlight-reel snipe to put the icing on the cake last Monday. Fourth line role player Quinn Smith chipped in for two goals, including the game-winner against Harvard.

Northeastern will counter with freshman Kevin Roy, the NCAA leader in rookie scoring. The Anaheim Ducks draft pick has 15 goals and 15 assists. His 1.25 points per game ranks him 12th nationally. Roy provided all the heroics in the win over BU, scoring three times, the first hat trick in a Beanpot since NU's Mike Ryan recorded the trick in 2002.

The place where BC holds the biggest advantage is on the blue line. Even with an injury depleted defense, the Eagles back line is vastly superior to NU. Leading the way is freshman Michael Matheson and senior Patrick Wey. Matheson, a Florida Panthers draft choice, had a booming slapshot goal to make it 3-0 in the semifinal last Monday.

Northeastern also has some injury concerns on defense. Freshman Colton Saucerman has been a fan favorite from the beginning of the season. He plays with an edge, and his seven points lead all NU defensemen. Sophomore Josh Manson also provides a big presence on the blueline.

The goaltending match-up will pit two seniors against each other in the championship game. Parker Milner for BC and Chris Rawlings for Northeastern will attempt to backstop their respective teams to a Beanpot title. Milner has been fairly consistent and has been nearly unstoppable at times, evidenced by his 19 game winning streak to cap last year's NCAA championship season. Rawlings has been terrific at times, but has struggled with consistency and focus throughout his NU career. There is little doubt Rawlings can make the big save, but the question most NU faithful are asking is can he make the routine stop to keep the Huskies in the game.

Sometime late Monday night, there will be a champion crowned in this historic tournament. Will it be the Eagles making it four straight or will it be the Huskies for the first time since 1988?

Jeff Cox will have live updates throughout the day Monday on SBNation and on twitter at JeffCoxSBNation.


Beanpot 2013: BC tops Harvard for finals berth

BOSTON -- Despite losing a shutout midway through the stanza, the No. 5 Boston College Eagles rolled to their fourth straight Beanpot title game with a 4-1 victory over the struggling Harvard Crimson on Monday night at TD Garden.

With the win, the Eagles continue the momentum that they built with Friday's 4-1 win over Vermont, improving to 16-7-2 overall. Harvard's struggles continued as it fell to 1-13-1 in its last 15 games and 5-15-1 overall. BC continued its run of recent dominance in the Beanpot as it extended its winning streak to ten straight games against their foes from Cambridge, dating back to the 1999 consolation game.

The Crimson were able to break senior Parker Milner's shutout with 10:43 left in regulation as senior Danny Biega potted the one-time drive for his first of the season, taking the pass from junior Danny Fick, whose primary assist was his first point of the season.

Senior alternate captain Steven Whitney extinguished any hopes of Harvard making a comeback at 14:58 as he rifled a beautiful wrister over Harvard netminder Raphael Girard's shoulder for his team-best 17th strike of the season.

Next Monday's title game between the Eagles and Northeastern Huskies will be televised on NESN at 7:30 p.m.

Joshua Kummins covers Hockey East for SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKummins.


Roy hat trick carries NU to title game

BOSTON -- The Northeastern Huskies are back in the Beanpot Championship.

Freshman Kevin Roy picked the right time for his first-career hat trick as he tallied a late strike in the third period to put the game away and pick up a 3-2 win over the No. 11/13 Boston University Terriers in the opening semifinal of the 61st annual tournament on Monday night at the TD Garden.

With the victory, Jim Madigan becomes the first Northeastern coach in his second year behind the bench to lead the Huskies to the title game. It also marked NU's first Beanpot victory over the 29-time title-winning Terriers since 1988 - the year of its last tournament title.

The Huskies silenced the critics at the 15:22 mark of the final period, as rookie Kevin Roy completed a hat trick by whacking a loose puck out of the air from the side of the cage and by BU goaltender Matt O'Connor.

BU made things interesting with 1:11 left as junior Sahir Gill redirected a puck short side on NU's Chris Rawlings to make the score 3-2.

Joshua Kummins covers Hockey East for SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKummins.


BU, NU tied 1-1 after one

After one period of play, Northeastern and Boston University are tied at 1. Both goals were scored on transition plays up ice.

The Huskies struck first just 2:09 into the game when freshman Kevin Roy made a nifty move in close and jammed it past BU goaltender Matt O'Connor. It was Roy's 13th goal of the season. Vinny Saponari was credited with the helper.

A little over three minutes later, the Terriers evened the score when Danny O'Regan converted on a 2-on-1 with Wade Megan. It was the freshman's 10th of the season. Evan Rodrigues picked up the other assist.

Two penalties were called on Northeastern while one was called on Boston University. Shots in the period were 12-10 in favor of the Terriers.


BC, Harvard finish off Beanpot opening night

Boston College, defending national champions and Beanpot champs three-years-running, look to dispatch Harvard in the tournament opener Monday.


Beanpot kicks off with BU vs. NU

Boston University and Northeastern University kick off the 2013 Beanpot at 5 p.m. Monday.


BC's Beanpot title defense begins

Entering this year's Beanpot Tournament as the three-time defending champion, Boston College squares off against Harvard in the second semifinal tonight at approximately 8:00 p.m. ET. The Crimson, sitting in last place in the ECAC, will look to pull the upset.


Canine foes meet in first semifinal

Recent history may favor the Beanpot Tournament's ultimate underdogs as the Northeastern Huskies look to end a quarter-century drought when they take on the No. 9/11 Boston University Terriers on Monday at 5 p.m. from TD Garden.

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