There is no such word as “five-peat,” and the notion is slightly ridiculous. Don’t tell that to the boys of #2 Boston College hockey, however.
Their goal tonight at the TD Garden is winning their fifth Beanpot in a row. The annual classic Boston hockey tournament wraps up tonight with the Eagles meeting the #11 Northeastern Huskies, the team the Eagles beat en route to two of their last four titles, including the 2013 Beanpot championship.
Most recently, the Eagles stretched their unbeaten streak to fourteen games in a row after defeating the Merrimack Warriors on Friday night. Boston College scored a shorthanded goal just over a minute into the game and it was off to the races from there for the nation’s highest-scoring offense. In this one, they will face Hockey East’s second-most prolific offense — but so dominant have been the Eagles that the Huskies still average over a goal per game less than Boston College.
Northeastern takes a lot of penalties, even more than the Eagles do. They lead the conference with 15.3 PIM per game on average, which is about two and a half minutes more than Boston College. To take that many penalties, your kill has to be good — Boston College’s is one of the nation’s best, while Northeastern’s is more ordinary at 82.8%.
We know they have talent, and they know we have talent. This game is looking like a real fight, especially given that one team hasn’t won the Beanpot in approximately forever and is hungry to stop the maroon and gold juggernaut. The Eagles took both games from Northeastern earlier in the season, both of which counted in the conference standings. This one tonight does not, but more eyes will watch it.
Expect puck drop sometime between 8 and 8:30pm ET — they always say 8pm, but it never works out that way.