BC DOWN! I repeat BC DOWN! What a night for college hockey last night as two intense, one-goal games set up what promises to be a can’t miss final next Monday. First off, let’s talk about Northeastern, the school that hasn’t won a Beanpot since 1988. That’s even before Harvard last won a national championship. Northeastern’s four Beanpot’s all-time is less than BC has won in the last five years (the Eagles stepped onto the ice as five time defending champions). Regardless, NU has been skating well, winning its last four games in the Hockey East, and it was determined to see BC’s title streak come to an end. Junior defenseman Dustin Darou broke a late tie with a seeing eyed shot with just under two minutes to go, and NU held tight for the 3-2 victory.
That great finish came just hours after two evenly matched Boston teams gave each other everything they had and then some. Boston University and Harvard needed a second overtime to break their 3-3 tie, and ultimately it was standout forward and Mass native Danny O’Regan who found the net for the Terriers. It was a crushing loss for Harvard who held a 3-1 lead at the midpoint of regulation, but the Crimson are a strong national contender with hopefully a few more championships to fight for this Spring.
Couldn’t be happier to see BC go down, especially to Northeastern. As I’ve said in the past, give somebody else a turn. This is one of my favorite events in sports, and is always intensified by battling student sections and bands. Hoping for a couple solid turnout as we watch to see who’s the top dog next week.
Constolation: Harvard 4 BC 2
Final: BU 5 NU 4 (OT) (GWG: Eichel)