Monday, February 10, 2014

Northeastern Tries To End Beanpot Drought

Boston Globe:
At first glance, tonight's Beanpot championship game might appear to be a David vs. Goliath matchup. After all, on one side is Boston College (21-4-3), ranked second in the country, running away with first place in Hockey East, and shooting for a fifth straight Beanpot title. Over on the other side is Northeastern, which has not won a Beanpot since 1988.
But the two programs have had some memorable meetings in recent years on one of the first two Mondays in February. Northeastern is the last team to beat BC in the Beanpot, defeating the Eagles in the 2009 semifinals. It has lost to BC in three straight Beanpots, and this will be the third time the two clubs will be playing for the championship in the last four years. Included in that run is the 2011 final, in which BC prevailed 7-6 in overtime. The gap looks to be even narrower this season. The Huskies (16-9-3) are ranked 10th in the country and are currently third in Hockey East. Their play this season is all the more impressive when you consider Northeastern didn't even qualify for the Hockey East playoffs in each of the last two seasons.
26 years is a long time.  BC has a four-time Beanpot winning streak on the line.

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