By Matt Noonan
Monday’s 60th Boston Beanpot should draw a great deal of attention, especially since the title match will once again feature Boston College and Boston University, who’ll be facing-off for the 21st time in the tournament’s history.
BU currently leads the championship meetings, 12-8, and has defeated BC twice this this season. Although, BC’s class of 2012 has won six of their last seven contests in the tournament, which included a first round contest victory last February against BU.
Here are my predictions and thoughts for the upcoming championship, as well as the consolation game, too.
BC 4, BU 2 – It’s been a while since a team potted seven goals in the first round, but against BU, I don’t see BC running up the score. Jerry York’s squad enters Monday’s clash as the defending tournament champion with a target on their back for Jack Parker’s unit, who’ll need senior goaltender Kieran Millan to be at his best against BC. If he can keep his team in the contest, then the Terriers will have a chance, but if the Eagles score early and often, consider his night over.
Harvard 4, Northeastern 3 – Despite their lackluster defense against BU last week, Harvard proved they could hang with the top squad in the country last. Against a struggling Northeastern team, the Crimson should have no problem skating circles around the Huskies defense, and depositing pucks against junior netminder Chris Rawlings.