Tuesday, January 31st
5:00 ET (6) Boston College (19-3-4) vs. Boston University (13-9-5)
8:00 ET Harvard (3-15-3) @ Northeastern (16-9-3)
Tuesday, February 7th
Times TBA. Usually the Consolation is at 4 or 5 EST and the Championship at or 8 EST.
As far as predicting the Beanpot about as far as you can go is probably to say the favorite is not Harvard. Boston College, Northeastern, and Boston University are 1, 2, and 3 in Hockey East respectively and all have looked vulnerable at points this season.
Games among the four teams this season provide a bit more clarity:
- Boston College (3-1-2)
- Northeastern (2-1-1)
- Boston University (2-3-1)
- Harvard (0-2-0)
If you take Harvard’s losses to BU and BC out of the equation the three Hockey East teams are pretty close. It is anyone’s tournament. (Except Harvard’s.)
The big battles would appear to be Boston College’s and Boston University’s superior depth versus Northeastern’s top line. Both Bostons spread points pretty evenly down their top six scorers while the Huskies are led by a dominant top line of Denisa Křížová, McKenna Brand, and Hayley Scamurra.
Boston College boasts the most contribution from their blueline with Megan Keller and Kali Flanagan fifth and seventh on the team respectively in scoring, but no one is lagging significantly behind in that area.
Even the goaltending is shockingly even. Boston College’s Katie Burt has a .930 save percentage, Boston University’s Victoria Hanson is at .928, and Northeastern’s Brittany Bulgaski sits at .926.
But for the sake of taking some sort of stance…
Boston College: Delaney Belinskas. Fun to say, good player. The freshman is 3rd on the team in scoring with 14g and 11a.
Boston University: Players named Victoria. The aforementioned Hanson has been stellar in net and Bach leads the team in scoring with 17g and 19a.
Harvard: Dani Krzyszczyk. The junior forward has largely been a role player during her career but Harvard will need contributions from everyone if they want to make some noise. She has yet to tally this season, but I’m feeling good about it.
Northeastern: McKenna Brand. Leads the team with 3 short-handed goals and has the best potential post-goal trash talk. “You just got Branded!”
Prediction: Northeastern and Jalad at Tanagra, erm, Matthews Arena.