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Beanpot 2013: Boston College takes on Northeastern in Monday Final

The Eagles defeated Harvard last week while the Huskies beat Boston University on the strength of a Kevin Roy hat trick. Those two teams will face off in the consolation game prior to the championship.

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Beanpot 2013: BC defeats Northeastern 6-3

Boston College defeated Northeastern 6-3 for the school's fourth consecutive Beanpot Monday night at the TD Garden.

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Beanpot 2013: Eagles up 4-1 after 2 periods

Four goals in the final 9:03 of the period gave BC a commanding 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

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Beanpot 2013: BC, NU scoreless after 1

Boston College and Northeastern are scoreless after 20 minutes in the Beanpot Final.

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Beanpot 2013: Consolation preview

It is never easy playing in a consolation game. The game is usually played in front of a sparse crowd with less meaning or purpose than the usual game. Harvard has very little left to play for with the disappointing season they have endured. Boston University has more at stake, since they are on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament, currently sitting 13th in the Pairwise Rankings.

According to several reports, BU coach Jack Parker has shuffled some lines and power play units during the past week. Freshman Sean Maguire will start in net tonight. Maguire and O'Connor have rotated for much of the season so the decision is not a surprise.

Looking at the Crimson, there is not much to play for tonight except pride. Harvard is in last place in the ECAC, and Ted Donato's squad has won only one game since November 16th. Ironically, the win came against BU in a non-conference tilt at the beginning of January.

BU must utilize their skill and play with passion, knowing their NCAA hopes could be in peril if they slip up once more against an inferior opponent. However, as said before, anything can happen in the Beanpot even in the consolation game.

Jeff Cox is a Hockey East reporter for SBNation and will have live updates throughout tonight's consolation game and finals here and on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.

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Beanpot 2013: BC, Northeastern meet in final

When Boston College and Northeastern take to the ice Monday night at 7:30 in the championship game of the 61st annual Beanpot, it will be a match-up of two teams that could not be more different.

BC, winner of three of the last five NCAA Championships and three consecutive Beanpots, sits in first place in Hockey East and is regarded as one of the top teams in the entire nation. Legendary head coach Jerry York is now the all-time career-wins leader among NCAA hockey coaches.

The Huskies, on the other hand, are in last place in Hockey East with very little Beanpot history outside of the 1980s. After last Monday's opening round in which Northeastern upset BU, coach Jim Madigan wanted to deflect all stories about history or lack thereof.

History tells us BC is superior, and the match-up on paper indicates BC is the more elite team. But, on the second Monday in February the history and all the records can be thrown out the window. Plus, Northeastern has already proven they can beat BC this season. In the second game of the season NU beat BC 3-1.

BC will certainly have the overall talent advantage, especially up front with five highly skilled forwards that can light up an opposing goaltender at any time. Leading that group is sophomore Johnny Gaudreau who was held scoreless in the 4-1 win over Harvard during the opening round. Senior Steven Whitney is one of those elite forwards. The Reading, MA native had a highlight-reel snipe to put the icing on the cake last Monday. Fourth line role player Quinn Smith chipped in for two goals, including the game-winner against Harvard.

Northeastern will counter with freshman Kevin Roy, the NCAA leader in rookie scoring. The Anaheim Ducks draft pick has 15 goals and 15 assists. His 1.25 points per game ranks him 12th nationally. Roy provided all the heroics in the win over BU, scoring three times, the first hat trick in a Beanpot since NU's Mike Ryan recorded the trick in 2002.

The place where BC holds the biggest advantage is on the blue line. Even with an injury depleted defense, the Eagles back line is vastly superior to NU. Leading the way is freshman Michael Matheson and senior Patrick Wey. Matheson, a Florida Panthers draft choice, had a booming slapshot goal to make it 3-0 in the semifinal last Monday.

Northeastern also has some injury concerns on defense. Freshman Colton Saucerman has been a fan favorite from the beginning of the season. He plays with an edge, and his seven points lead all NU defensemen. Sophomore Josh Manson also provides a big presence on the blueline.

The goaltending match-up will pit two seniors against each other in the championship game. Parker Milner for BC and Chris Rawlings for Northeastern will attempt to backstop their respective teams to a Beanpot title. Milner has been fairly consistent and has been nearly unstoppable at times, evidenced by his 19 game winning streak to cap last year's NCAA championship season. Rawlings has been terrific at times, but has struggled with consistency and focus throughout his NU career. There is little doubt Rawlings can make the big save, but the question most NU faithful are asking is can he make the routine stop to keep the Huskies in the game.

Sometime late Monday night, there will be a champion crowned in this historic tournament. Will it be the Eagles making it four straight or will it be the Huskies for the first time since 1988?

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Beanpot 2013: Eagles cruise to 4-1 victory

Steven Whitney added a tally to make the final score 4-1 in favor of Boston College. The Eagles will meet Northeastern next Monday night in the Beanpot Finals. BC has now defeated Harvard 10 consecutive times in the tournament.

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Beanpot 2013: Biega scores, BC still up 3-1

Senior captain Danny Biega scored his first goal of the season at 9:17 of the final stanza to cut the BC lead down to 3-1. It was a slapshot from the left point that found the back of the twine. The senior captain from Montreal, property of the Carolina Hurricanes, is the third of his brothers to wear the Harvard sweater.

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Beanpot 2013: Eagles take commanding 3-0 lead afte

Sophomore Quinn Smith scored his second goal of the night to propel the Eagles to a 2-0 lead before Michael Matheson scored on the power play with under a minute to go to add to the lead.

Smith, a fourth line left winger, scored on an uncontested shot from the left side with just under two minutes to play in the second. It was his second of the night and fourth of the season.

Matheson's blast from just above the right circle on the power play made it 3-0 with under a minute to go in the second frame. The hulking freshman defenseman has now tallied five goals on the season.

Harvard junior goaltender Raphael Girard is seeing a lot of rubber. The Saint-Hyacinthe, Que. native has stopped 28 of 31 through two periods. There has been very little sustained pressure in the BC defensive end since the beginning of the first.

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Beanpot 2013: Late goal gives BC 1-0 lead after 1

A late goal by Boston College sophomore Quinn Smith gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead after the first period. The Eagles took a while to get going, but finally got on track and dominated the last half of the frame.

Smith scored a goal from in tight which he lifted over Harvard goaltender Raphael Girard. The score came after a failed clearing attempt.

For Harvard, the goal has to be demoralizing. Ted Donato's club played well for much of the period, but all the momentum will swing in BC's favor with the late tally.

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Beanpot 2013: BC, Harvard scoreless in 1st

Boston College and Harvard are squaring off in the nightcap of the 61st Annual Beanpot Tournament for the right to face Northeastern next Monday night.

Harvard is starting junior Raphael Girard while BC counters with senior Parker Milner.

Halfway through the first period, Harvard has had some good opportunities to pot a goal, but haven't found the back of the net. The Eagles appear to be the faster team, but have only mustered two shots on goal so far.

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Beanpot 2013: Roy's hat trick gives NU 3-1 lead

With 4:38 to go in regulation, Kevin Roy's third goal of the game has given Northeastern a 3-1 lead. It was the freshman's first career hat trick. The goal came after sustained pressure from BU at the other end.

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Beanpot 2013: BU with a two man advantage late in

Through two periods of play at the 61st Annual Beanpot, Northeastern leads Boston University 2-1 on the strength of two Kevin Roy goals.

Roy, the freshman forward from Lac -Beauport, Quebec, now has 14 goals on the season to go along with his 15 assists. The Anaheim draft pick has been the main generator of offense for the Huskies.

The Huskies had to kill a two-man advantage and the first half of another man advantage in the last three minutes of the period.

BU will start the final stanza with 58 seconds of a man advantage with Josh Manson still in the box for boarding. Shots on goal are remain in favor of BU 21-19.

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Beanpot 2013: Huskies take 2-1 lead

Northeastern had some very good chances on a power play, but could not convert. The duo of Vinny Saponari and Kevin Roy are creating the vast majority of the offensive chances for the Huskies.

Braden Pimm's second penalty of the game gave BU a power play midway through the 2nd period. The Terriers failed to succeed on the man advantage.

With 7:24 to go in the 2nd period, Kevin Roy notched his second of the night to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead. An errant pass by Ben Rosen led to the unassisted goal.

Shots on goal are 18-16 in favor of the Terriers.

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