Monday, February 08, 2010

Beanpot and bragging rights on the line

The Terriers and Eagles meet for tonight the fourth time this season—in the fourth different venue—with the 58th Beanpot Championship at stake. Since the turn of the current century, BU and BC have met in the title game six times with the Terriers winning four times (2000, 2003, 2006 and 2007) and BC twice (2001 and 2004). The last three were one-goal games with two of them going to overtime.

More numerology: tonight’s game is the 250th meeting in the BU-BC series that began in 1918. Terriers hold a 125-107-17 edge. BU is shooting for its 30th Beanpot title and BC for its 15th.

BU is 11-0-1 in its last 12 contests at neutral sites--including last year's Beanpot and NCAA tournament and this year's games at Madison Square Garden and Fenway Park.

The game at TD Garden is scheduled for 8 p.m., but could begin later if the consolation game between Harvard and Northeastern goes to overtime. NESN is airing the game.

Kieran Millan is expected to be in goal for BU. Colby Cohen who missed Friday night's game with a lower-body injury is doubtful for tonight's contest.

• has links to game-notes, gametracker, the WWZN Radio Webcast and a feature article from USCHO’s Scott Weighart.
• Beanpot Central
• Pre-championship & Watch party
• Daily Free Press game preview
• Boston Globe game preview
• Boston Herald game preview and scouting report
• New England Hockey Journal game preview.
• College Hockey News Tale of the Tape
• In-game live blogs from WTBU and The Boston Hockey Blog

Some leftovers from coverage of Friday's win against Lowell:
--Post game comments from Jack Parker
--Post-game comments from Dave Warsofsky, Luke Popko and Eric Gryba

Blueliner Max Nicastro spoke with his hometown newspaper about his freshman season.

Looking back

Blog contributor defkit, now transplanted to Georgia, took in an ECHL game featuring ex-Terrier Chris Higgins. His report:
I took the boys to the Gwinnett Gladiators vs. Toledo Walleye game last night. Jason Lawrence is on IR, but we lucked out on timing as Higgins was back on the roster after a brief call-up to Syracuse. Higgins notched a goal and an assist and was the most offensively talented player on the ice. He had several very slick moves and created opportunities for both himself and his teamates. He has definitely elevated his game - good to see. Gladiators won 5-1.

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