Monday, February 02, 2009

Game day—57th Annual Beanpot Tournament--updated

The Terriers renew their rivalry with Harvard in a Beanpot first round game tonight beginning at 5:00 p.m. BU, which has won 28 of the previous 56 Beanpot titles and 11 of the past 14, is seeking to return to the championship game after winning the consolation game in 2008. The Terriers have played in the championship game 30 times during the 35 years of Jack Parker’s tenure, prior this year.

Both the BU-Harvard and BC-Northeastern games will be aired tonight on NESN. The site has links to BU game notes, game tracker and the radio Webcast, as they become available.

USCHO’s pre-Beanpot coverage includes the recap of the 2005 Beanpot championship game, the longest in tournament history, which BU in overtime on a Chris Bourque goal. Two years later, BU needed extra time to edge BC in the title game, 2-1, on a Brian McGuirk goal (video).

The Daily Free Press discusses the Terriers' determination to return to the championship game and not play the "early game" next Monday. The Boston Herald reviews the Terriers’ success this season, but points out why Coach Jack Parker is wary of the struggling Crimson. The Boston Globe offers two pregame articles: Beanpot thoughts from local area players from all four schools, including BU co-captain John McCarthy and freshman Ross Gaudet, and the collective determination of BU's senior class to win a third Beanpot title.

Looking forward
2009 recruit Max Nicastro scored his ninth goal of the season (9-16-25) in Chicago’s 5-3 loss to Waterloo on Saturday in USHL action. It was the right-shot defenseman’s fourth power play goal.

2009 recruit Justin Courtnall continues to put up points for Victoria, adding two assists in the Grizzlies' 5-4 win over Langley. With five goals and four assists in his past six games, Courtnall now has a 20-35-55 scoring line in 51 games.

In ISL prep play, 2011 recruit Charlie Coyle’s goal and two assists led Thayer Academy past St. Sebastian’s.

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