BOSTON -- It's the second Monday of February, so that can only mean one thing. It's time to crown a Beanpot champion.
Commonwealth Avenue archrivals Boston College and Boston University are set to meet for the 270th time ever and in their 22nd Beanpot title game on Monday night at TD Garden.
The Eagles and Terriers have taken turns hoisting the 'Pot each year since Harvard won way back in 1993. BU is 12-9 in their previous 21 meetings for the Beanpot title.
Faceoff for tonight's championship game is set for 7:30 p.m., following the 4:30 consolation game between Northeastern and Harvard. The title game will be televised live on New England Sports Network and TSN with Tom Caron (play-by-play), Andy Brickley (color), and Nikki Reyes (sideline) on the call.
BC held on for a 4-3 win over New Hampshire on Friday night, extending its nine-game unbeaten streak that stands as the second-longest running in college hockey. On the flip side, BU's winning streak ran to five games with a 6-3 win at UMass.
Current BU senior captain and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk was the hero of last year's Beanpot championship game as he scored 51 seconds into overtime to lift BU past Northeastern for its first tournament title since 2009.
Grzelcyk has recorded points in seven of his last nine games, while senior Danny O'Regan is in the midst of a nine-game point streak and has a team-leading 32 on the season. O'Regan notched a goal and an assist in Friday's win and assisted on freshman Charlie McAvoy's game-winning goal in last Monday's semifinal win over Northeastern.
BC sophomore Alex Tuch is riding a five-game scoring streak into tonight's game, including assists in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.
Colin White is the Eagles' leading scorer with 16 goals and 35 points as a freshman, but was held off the scoresheet in BC's last outing. The Hanover, Mass., native and Senators prospect got his Beanpot career started with a goal and an assist in BC's 3-2 semifinal win over Harvard.
Here are tonight's lines:
Miles Wood - Austin Cangelosi - Adam Gilmour
Matthew Gaudreau - Colin White - Ryan Fitzgerald
Teddy Doherty - Zach Sanford - Alex Tuch
Travis Jeke - Christopher Brown - Chris Calnan
Ian McCoshen - Casey Fitzgerald
Michael Kim - Steve Santini
Josh Couturier - Scott Savage
Oskar Andrén - Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson - Danny O'Regan
Jordan Greenway - Matt Lane - Ahti Oksanen
Ryan Cloonan - Bobo Carpenter - Robbie Baillargeon
Chase Phelps - Mike Moran - Tommy Kelley
Matt Grzelcyk - Charlie McAvoy
Brandon Hickey - Brandon Fortunato
Doyle Somerby - Brien Diffley