Boston University and Northeastern will meet in the finals of the 63rd annual Beanpot next Monday at the TD Garden. The Terriers needed double overtime to edge past Harvard, 4-3, while the Huskies received a late goal an unlikely source to knock off five-time defending champion BC, 3-2.
The Terriers hold an 8-3 edge in 11 previous meetings between the two schools in Beanpot championship games. BU won the last Beanpot final between the two schools, 5-2, in the 2009 championship tilt. It is the first time Northeastern is making three straight appearances in the finals since 1983-1985.
Despite not winning the tournament since 2009, no school has dominated the Beanpot more than BU. Next Monday night will be the Terriers' 50th appearance in the Beanpot championship game, meaning the scarlet and white have played in the championship game 79.4 percent of the time. That's a remarkable number. It will be the first championship appearance since 2012 for BU. Another staggering number, considering the program's success in the tournament, is 1,093. That's the amount of days in between BU's last victory in the Beanpot and last night.
It is just the 17th championship game appearance for Northeastern, who last won the Beanpot in 1988. As evidenced by postgame comments from Northeastern coach Jim Madigan and the game's hero, Dustin Darou, the victory over BC certainly helped exercise some demons.
It was just the second win against BC for Madigan during his four-year tenure at his alma mater. His career coaching record against the Eagles now stands at 2-11-1. It was Northeastern's first win against BC since the season opener of the 2012-13 season.
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