In my book, the Beanpot tournament is the second greatest hockey tournament in the world, second only to the olympics. (The olympics are actually falling in interest, the Beanpot may be number one in a couple years) Every year Harvard, Northeastern, Boston College, and Boston University play in a tournament for bragging rights in the city of Boston. For any of the four teams, no other game during the season is more important than the two games of the beanpot. If I were Ted Denato, or any other beanpot coach, I would rather win these two games of the season than the national championship.
Tomorrow, the Beanpot begins at 5:00 with Boston University vs. Northeastern and continues at 8:00 with Harvard vs. Boston College. Both games held at the TD Banknorth garden. A week from tomorrow is the championship game for the winners of the two semi-final games, and the consilation game for the losers of the two semi-final games. Here are my predictions:
Boston University 4 Northeastern 2
. BU always wins this tournament and NU never does. Northeastern, I think will give more of a fight than usual, but BU will still win.
Harvard 5 Boston College 4
. Yes, I am predicting this huge upset. Remember though, Harvard's first win of their season was a 4-0 win over BC. BC has learned from that game, but I think Denato's boys will be playing their hearts out, especially after how close last year's first round game was. Harvard last year was a puck-hitting-the-crossbar away from beating BU.
Boston College 4 Northeastern 1
. BC is just a much better team than Northeastern, period.
Harvard 3 Boston Universtiy 2 OT
. Harvard is going to win in overtime after one of the greatest beanpot finals ever played.