The championship will feature the winner of the last four Beanpots, the Boston College Eagles, against the team who hasn’t won the tournament since 1988, the Northeastern Huskies.
The No. 2 Eagles (20-4-3) prevailed over arch rival BU (8-15-3) 3-1 Monday night, as the Huskies (16-8-3) easily topped the Crimson (6-12-3) 6-0. It sets up the championship next Monday, February 10.
Every year, Boston University, Boston College, Harvard, and Northeastern do battle for city-wide supremacy in Division I college hockey. However, in recent years, the Beanpot has been a lopsided affair.
For the last 10 years, Boston University and Boston College have stayed true to their namesake and combined to win the title every year in that span. The Terriers have a commanding all-time lead, with 29 total Beanpot championships. The BC Eagles have collected 18, and have limited BU’s dominance in recent years.
The Harvard Crimson are not far behind, winning 10 Beanpot titles, including the inaugural tournament back in 1952.
The Huskies, however, have struggled against the top-rate talent of their neighboring powerhouses. While BC looks for their fifth-straight title, Northeastern will be looking for just their fifth in the tournament’s history.
However, the Huskies are no stranger to the championship game, though it’s bought with just one win in the four-team tournament. They have appeared in four of the last eight Beanpot championships.
Boston University and Harvard will square off for a consolation game at 4:30 p.m. next Monday.
Boston bragging rights will be on the line between BC and Northeastern at 7:30 p.m.