62nd Boston Beanpot: BC, Northeastern To Square Off In Beanpot Championship

By Matt Noonan 

Boston College will look to capture its fifth straight Boston Beanpot championship this evening when they meet Hockey East foe Northeastern University at the TD Garden at 7 p.m.

The 62nd Beanpot Final will be a rematch of last year’s championship, which saw the Eagles claim a 6-3 win. BC also defeated Northeastern in the 2011 title match, 7-6 (OT).

The 62nd Boston Beapot begins this afternoon with Harvard vs. Northeastern followed by Boston College vs. Boston University. (Photo Credit: BeanpotHockey.com)

The 62nd Boston Beapot Championship is the evening between Boston College and Northeastern University. (Photo Credit: BeanpotHockey.com)

Northeastern hasn’t hoisted the coveted trophy since 1988, the same year the Denver Broncos lost in the Super Bowl. Prior to the Huskies’ first contest last Monday against Harvard University, the Broncos lost to Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8 (maybe that’s a good omen for the Black and Red?).

The Huskies have won four tournament championships, but this particular squad might be able to provide the university with its fifth.

Against the Crimson, the Huskies were able to net six goals from six different skaters, while goaltender Clay Witt did his job between the pipes, stopping 27 shots en route to his 14th win of the season.

Northeastern ranks second in the Hockey East in scoring offense. They’ve netted 91 goals this season. 34 of their strikes have been recorded in the final frame. The Huskies have also recorded one goal in the extra session, which came off the stick of Braden Pimm against Providence College on January 7.

Kevin Roy leads the Huskies in point scoring with 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists). He netted one goal last Monday in his team’s 6-0 win over Harvard, which ended his scoring drought. He hadn’t located the back of his opponent’s cage since scoring one goal against UMass on January 4.

Boston College isn’t new to the title game. In fact, this will be their 34th appearance in the championship. The Eagles have faced the Huskies four times prior to this evening’s clash and have won three of those meetings.

Eagles head coach Jerry York has guided Boston College to seven tournament championship titles, including the unit’s last four championships.

Boston College ranks first in the conference in scoring offense (123 goals), as well as first on the power play (24/108) and penalty kill (117/128). They’re second in scoring defense (60 goals).

Johnny Gaudreau leads all Division 1 skaters in points (56), goals (24) and assists (32), while Kevin Hayes ranks second in points (47). Hayes’s classmate, Bill Arnold, is fourth in the country in assists (30).

The Eagles and Huskies have faced-off twice this season with Boston College winning both contests.

Prior to BC-Northeastern, Boston University and Harvard will skate in the consolation match. Both teams met in this game last year with the Crimson claiming a 7-4 victory. The Terriers rebounded and earned a spot in the conference championship, but fell to UMass Lowell, 1-0. That game was the final contest that legendary head coach Jack Parker coached.

Follow updates from this evening’s Beanpot Championship on Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog). Matt Noonan is the head editor/founder of NoontimeSports.com. He can be reached at NoontimeSports@gmail.com

Mass. College Hockey: D1 Men’s and Women’s Notebook

By Matt Noonan 

The first weekend of the college hockey season commenced with a so-called, “bang!” Below are a few notes from the first few games.

* Northeastern University’s Kevin Roy was named this week’s Hockey East Player of the Week for his six-point effort against Alabama-Huntsville. The sophomore forward recorded three goals and three assists in back-to-back wins on Friday and Saturday. Roy registered a hat trick, his second of his career in a Huskies sweater, along with 13 shots on goal.

* As of today, there are four Hockey East men’s teams with 2-0 overall marks and they are Boston University, Northeastern University, Notre Dame and Providence College.

* Boston College’s Bill Arnold, who hails from Needham, recorded his first points of the season on Sunday against RPI in the Eagles’ 7-2 victory. He recorded two helpers and one goal. Arnold’s teammate, Chris Calnan, who is from Norwell, scored his first career points at BC with a goal and assist.

* According to this week’s Hockey East men’s weekly release, BC’s Johnny Gaudreau is one point away from the 100-point mark. He currently has 99 points, 43 goals and 56 assists, and will have a chance to record his 100th point on Friday when the Eagles host No. 2 Wisconsin.

* BU’s David Quinn earned his first two wins behind the bench last weekend as the Terriers beat Holy Cross and Massachusetts by a combined score of 6-3. The Terriers will remain on campus this weekend when they host RPI and No. 2 Wisconsin.

* Sticking with BU, sophomore forward Rebecca Russo was named this week’s Hockey East Co-Player of the Week. The Connecticut native tallied four points last weekend, three goals and one assist. Teammate Kerrin Sperry, a Reading native, finished the weekend with 61 saves.

* BC’s Andie Anastos was named this week’s Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week by netting two goals in her team’s weekend series against St. Lawrence. Her second goal happened to be the game-winner on Saturday.

* Finally, Bentley University’s Steve Weinstein was named this week’s Travel Team USA Player of the Week, while teammate Max French was selected as the Travel Team USA Rookie of the Week.

2013 Mass. College Sports Predictions

By Matt Noonan

The New Year has just begun, and while many are still recovering from their celebrations and parties, others, like myself, are asking their crystal ball about 2013.

2012 was an exciting year in sports, especially in the college sports world in Massachusetts. And below are my predictions and thoughts on what could occur over the next few months.

Boston College will win the Hockey East: The Eagles head coach just celebrated a major milestone this past weekend, as Jerry York scooped up win No. 925. He’s now the sole leader in wins in NCAA hockey, but the spotlight was quickly repositioned to his team. Boston College currently resides atop the Hockey East standings and is definitely the frontrunner to capture another conference crown in March. I’m confident that this crew can do it again, but if injuries occur, Boston University or New Hampshire might be the second or third best bets.

Babson College’s Conference Winning Streak Will Conclude: It’s very likely that the Beavers will once again win the NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) in February, but I also think their 68-game streak will be snapped, too. Smith College was the last team to defeat the Green and White in 2009, and ever since, Judy Blinstrub’s squad hasn’t dropped a single conference match. However, with the second half of the season set to tip-off tomorrow for most teams, I wouldn’t be totally surprised if the Pioneers (Smith) or Clark or Springfield beats Babson in January or February.

Jim O’Brien Leads Emerson College To A Winning Record: Last season, the former Boston College and Ohio State head coach guided the Lions to 7-19 campaign. This year, Emerson’s men’s basketball team is 4-5, and could possibly finish the season with a .500 record.

UMass Men’s Basketball Goes Dancing: I am very confident about the Minutemen, and believe they’ll earn a spot in the March Madness Tournament. They are the clear favorite in this area, and will certainly make the Bay State proud.

Tufts Softball Returns To The NCAA Championship: Against one of the best home run teams in the country last May, the Jumbos surrendered three long balls, which eliminated them from the championship. This season, I’m expecting the Powder Blue and White to return to the tournament. Although, I’m not sure if they’ll win it, but I certainly like their chances despite losing four valuable seniors.

Framingham State Football Three-Peat: They’ve won the MASCAC (Massachusetts State Athletic Conference) the past two years, and this fall, they’ll do it again. The Rams won’t be competing in the NEFC (New England Football Conference), but will still face some non-conference foes, which will prepare them for another shot at NCAA glory.

AIC Football Will Be The Team To Beat: They’re young, fast and now have two years of experience under their belt. The Yellow Jackets from American International College will certainly be the team to beat in the Northeast-10 Conference, I guarantee it.

What’re your predictions? Do you think another college or team or player will endure a great deal of success this year? Let us know by leaving a comment below or sending us an email (NoontimeSports@gmail.com).

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Daily Noontime – April 11, 2012

Kevin Garnett registered 24 points against Miami on Tuesday, which helped Boston earn their 33rd victory of the season! (Photo Credit: SunJournal.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s “hump day,” which means this week is almost over. However, before we break out into song and dance, let’s kick-start the day with some headlines and news.

* The Boston Celtics earned their 18th win since the NBA All-Star break, as they defeated the Miami Heat in Florida on Tuesday, 115-107. Paul Pierce led the Green and White with 27 points, while Kevin Garnett poured in 24 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks. Garnett finished the game 11-of-14 from the field , while his team converted 43-of-71 field goals.

* The Celtics have now won four of their last six contests, and will attempt to earn their 34th win of the season on Wednesday when they host the Atlanta Hawks.

Daniel Bard lasted five innings, and gave up eight hits and five runs, which helped the Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Boston Red Sox, 7-3. Adrian Gonzalez finished the contest with three RBIs, while Kevin Youkilis managed to muster his first two hits of the season.

* The Red Sox and Blue Jays will conclude their three-game series on Wednesday at 12:37pm — Jon Lester will oppose Ricky Romero.

* Boston College’s men’s ice hockey team celebrated their fifth National Championship on Tuesday, as the campus hosted a parade for students and members of the community to commemorate their most recent victory against Ferris State. BC ended their season on a 19-game winning streak.

* Finally, we’re one day away from the Boston Bruins first round playoff match against the Washington Capitals. And while players and coaches continue to prepare for their upcoming foe, Tyler Seguin explained to the media that “it’s a lot different this year,” especially since the team won the Stanley Cup last June.

Boston Bruins Sign Tommy Cross To Entry-Level Contract

BC's Tommy Cross signed an entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins on Tuesday! (Photo Credit: NESN.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Boston College Eagles defensemen Tommy Cross received some exciting news on Tuesday, as the Boston Bruins officially signed him to an entry-level contract.

According to the Bruins press release, Cross will make his AHL debut on Friday, Apr. 13, with the Providence Bruins.

Cross was drafted by the Bruins in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, and has taken part in the team’s Development Camps over the past few summers.

This past season, the Eagles senior defensemen recorded five goals, 19 assists and 101 shots, and was certainly a major catalyst behind the school’s fifth National Championship.

Cross was also a member of the Eagles 2010 National Championship team, too.