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MEN'S Hockey: Defrosting For The Beanpot

After Suffering Through January Slumps, Boston Programs Ready For 61st Beanpot

Asst. Sports Editor

Published: Sunday, February 3, 2013

Updated: Monday, February 4, 2013 13:02

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Graham Beck / Heights Editor

Although Northeastern does not boast the most impressive record (7-13-3), they can still be expected to put up a strong show as they meet BU tonight. Though they have been inconsistent, the Huskies have come away with a few important wins this season. Their first was an early season upset over BC as they spoiled the Eagles’ banner raising home opener. At the beginning of December, they managed to hold off a Massachusetts team that has been popping up with upsets in the Hockey East despite their less-than-stellar ranking. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, they came away with a close defeat of BU on Jan. 18, the last meeting of the two teams before their incumbent game tonight. 

Apart from their triumph over BU, the Harvard hockey team has not had much reason for celebration this year. 5-14-1 overall, Ivy League and non-conference play have both caused trouble for this freshman-heavy team. In order to find Beanpot success, the Harvard defense, which has allowed an average of 3.76 goals per game so far this season, will have to kick into gear.

Tonight will hold the first round of play with BU and Northeastern facing off first at Boston’s TD Garden, followed by BC and Harvard. Next Monday, a championship and a third place game will be held. York is anticipating the nonconventional tournament with enthusiasm. 

“It’s a great atmosphere for us. It’s really important to remember the history and the tradition of this tournament,” he said. “On that night, we’re crowning the best in Boston.” 

Editor's Note: This article originally stated that the February 8 men's hockey game was on the road at UMass-Lowell. It is actually a home game for BC which will be played at Conte Forum. The change has been reflected in the article.

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