Boston -- The 2016 Beanpot begins Monday afternoon at the TD Garden. The 64th annual Beanpot pits Boston College and Harvard squaring off in the first semifinal before a rematch of last year's final between Boston University and Northeastern in the nightcap.
Boston College (17-4-4) vs. Harvard (12-4-3)
The first semifinal features a battle of two of the top six teams in the current Pairwise Rankings, the formula that mimics the NCAA Tournament selection criteria. The Crimson are No. 5 and the Eagles are No. 6. The game features Hobey Baker Award front runner Jimmy Vesey going up against the fifth best defense in the country, led by Ian McCoshen and Steve Santini and star goaltender Thatcher Demko (8 shutouts).
Boston University (14-7-4) vs. Northeastern (9-12-4)
The nightcap is a rematch of the 2015 finals, won by the Terriers in overtime. While the Huskies are the only unranked team in the field, Jim Madigan's squad enters the tournament with a six-game winning streak and an eight-game unbeaten streak. The Terriers have the decided talent advantage, but anything is possible in a tournament such as this. 2013 Beanpot MVP Kevin Roy is back in the lineup for Northeastern after missing 12 games due to injury. The Anaheim Ducks draft pick has seven goals and four assists in six career Beanpot games.
5:00 p.m. - Boston College vs. Harvard
8:00 p.m. - Boston University vs. Northeastern *
If the first game runs long, the second game is expected to start approximately 50 minutes after the conclusion.
Tom Caron and Andy Brickley have the call on the 64th annual Beanpot. Caron will have play-by-play duties while Brickley will be the color analyst as he is on Boston Bruins telecasts. Former UMass head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon and Maine alum Mike Morrison will be featured in the pregame show and in between periods with Lisa Hillary. The games will be broadcast on New England Sports Network (NESN) and simulcast on TSN in Canada.
There are still a limited amount of tickets available for Monday's semifinal games. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com and in person at the TD Garden Box Office.
As usual, the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. plays host to the Beanpot. The home of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics is the site of all four games, including next Monday's consolation game and championship game.