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Back to Class: Let’s talk about the Beanpot Tournament

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We’re taking you “Back To Class” for our roundup of the weekend’s action in college hockey. Look for more college hockey on NBCSN this Friday night as Boston University takes on Maine at 7:30 p.m. ET.

This year’s Beanpot Tournament final features one usual fixture in Boston College and another not-so usual team in Northeastern. BC has won the last three tournaments and four of the last five while Northeastern has won it four times in the now 61-year history of the event.

Not seeing BC facing off against Boston University makes this year’s final a bit of an oddity as those two schools have traded off winning the tournament in each of the past 18 years. Not since Harvard won it in 1993 has a team other than BC or BU taken home the trophy.

That in itself takes a bit away from the whole event, but it changes the rooting interest for fans in a year like this where one of the usual also-rans get a shot to take it home.

A Northeastern win tonight would put a charge back into the annual tournament. BC haters would get a chance to pile on them for breaking the string and the school with the fewest Beanpot titles would get something to hang their hat on. After all, it’s been 25 years since Northeastern last won it.

The odds are stacked against them to do that as this is the time of year when BC kicks their game into gear and starts really warming up for the NCAA tournament.

Funny things can happen at the Beanpot though. It was just two years ago when these two teams faced off for the title and saw the Eagles take home a wild 7-6 overtime victory. Maybe Northeastern can capture some Cinderella spirit and pull off an upset.


The Final Five is done: The WCHA decided against continuing with their Final Five format next season with their newly array of schools. The event has always been a tremendous one to take in in St. Paul, Minnesota but this year’s iteration of it will be the last one thanks to conference rejiggering. Now they’ll be doing just a boring old regular tournament. Boo, hiss.

Outdoor game troubles: North Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha’s second game of the weekend was played outdoors at the home of the College Baseball World Series. It was, uh, a bit of a disaster as the game was delayed for two-and-a-half hours and saw other issues crop up. Yikes. By the way, UND swept the weekend over UNO.

Please, keep ignoring Quinnipiac: Ho-hum, just another victorious weekend for the Pairwise Rankings No. 1 team. The Bobcats stomped Cornell 4-1 on Friday and edged out Colgate 3-2 on Saturday. They’re 21-3-4 on the season and are unbeaten in 20 straight games. After Minnesota’s loss to St. Cloud on Saturday night, perhaps this week is the one where the pollsters finally plug them in at No. 1 in their polls that don’t mean anything.

PHT Morning Skate: Where Steven Stamkos is becoming the total package

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Here’s a scary thought: The league’s best goal scorer Steve Stamkos becoming a threat defensively as well. It’s happening. (Tampa Tribune)

Mike Cammalleri is moving back to center for the time being. Last time he played there he had a monster season. (Calgary Sun)

St. Louis’ Kevin Shattenkirk would like to find his offense again. (Post-Dispatch)

Apparently whether or not the Ducks win games hinges upon… Jason Blake? (OC Register)

From the “Good News” department: Oilers defenseman Taylor Fedun is back on the ice after shattering his leg in the preseason. (Edmonton Sun)

Barry Trotz thinks the increase in shootouts is a sign that teams are tightening up for the playoff run. Well that’s a gross thought. (Tennessean)

If you think Rangers fans are excited about Carl Hagelin this year, wait until Chris Kreider is wearing Broadway Blue. (The Prospect Park)

Flames prospect Bill Arnold scored the game-winner in overtime to give Boston College their 17th Beanpot Tournament championship. (NESN)

Finally, watch Jaroslav Spacek get his revenge on Montreal by scoring a goal against them during Carolina’s 5-3 win. Irony here? Spacek helped turn Montreal into a circus yet again by hurting their run at a playoff spot. (NHL)

Back to Class: Boston U. and Boston College meet in Beanpot final once again

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We’re taking you “Back To Class” for our roundup of the weekend’s action in college hockey. Look for more college hockey on NBCSN this Friday night as Dartmouth takes on Yale. 

After last Monday’s Beanpot Tournament semifinals, the two usual suspects get to square off one more time to see who the best college team in Boston is. When No. 1 Boston University and No. 5 Boston College square off tonight at TD Garden, it will mean that for the 19th straight year either one of those schools will take home the Beanpot trophy.

While the two sides don’t always wind up facing each other in the finals, they’ve been the two best teams in the city for a long time and it shows. BU has taken home the Beanpot 29 times while Boston College has won it a mere 16 times. For what it’s worth, Harvard and Northeastern have combined to win it just 14 times with Harvard winning 10 of those. Tonight’s game will feature 19 NHL drafted players (nine for BC, 10 for BU) so the talent level is pretty high too.

Whether you love the tournament for all the hate BC and BU have for each other and the tradition it has in Boston or hate it because there’s not enough variety in who wins, it makes for a good way to get warmed up for the conference playoffs and NCAA Tournament that will soon be on the way.

Elsewhere in college hockey:

Jon Merrill’s return for Michigan is helping spark the Wolverines to a big second half. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, Michigan and Michigan State split their weekend rivalry series. (CHN)

Maine upset UMass-Lowell on Saturday night to possibly derail Lowell’s hopes of taking over the No. 1 spot. (USCHO)

Your first team to 20 wins this season? Bet you wouldn’t have guessed Ferris State. (USCHO)

Minnesota-Duluth and North Dakota split their nasty weekend series. (CHN)

Denver swept Minnesota this weekend to shake things up in the WCHA. (LetsGoDU)

Austin Smith just keeps scoring goals for Colgate. He had two more this weekend bringing his season total to 32. Austin for Hobey, anyone? (GoColgateRaiders)

Could the NCAA be merging the Division-I and Division-III championships to have them played in the same location starting in 2015? It’s being discussed. (D3hockey)

Back to Class: Don’t worry Pats fans, it’s Beanpot Tournament time

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We’re taking you “Back To Class” for our roundup of the weekend’s action in college hockey. Look for more college hockey on NBCSN this Friday night with a doubleheader featuring No. 5 Boston College taking on Vermont and No. 2 Minnesota facing No. 13 Denver. 

We know Patriots fans are in mourning today, but fear not, there’s hockey to make you feel better as the 60th annual Beanpot Tournament kicks off today. With the semifinals today and the finals next Monday, fans all across the Hub of Hockey will get their fill as Boston University takes on Harvard and Boston College faces off with Northeastern.

BC has won the last two Beanpots but BU still leads all time with 29 titles. The tournament doesn’t come without its issues, however, as the last time neither BC or BU won the Beanpot was 1993 when Harvard took home the title. Northeastern last won it back in 1988. This year is once again set up for a potential BC-BU showdown, a pairing that’s produced some of the most exciting games in recent years throughout all of college hockey. With a bevy of NHL-caliber talent on both teams, perhaps we’ll see them dance once again next Monday in the finals.

Elsewhere in college hockey:

UMass-Lowell just keeps winning as they swept Vermont handily this weekend. (The Ice is Life)

No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth continues to struggle as they split their weekend with Alaska-Anchorage. (Go Seawolves)

No. 7 Michigan keeps winning as they swept Miami. (M Go Blue)

An ECAC showdown between Cornell and Union provided no winners in a 4-4 tie. (Slap Schotts)

Air Force stays hot sweeping RIT to take the lead in the Atlantic Hockey Association. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

Hats off to Robert Morris for winning the 100th game in program history. (USCHO)

Fenway Park to host college hockey doubleheader in January

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A former venue for the Winter Classic is getting to host yet another outdoor hockey extravaganza. Fenway Park in Boston will host four Hockey East schools for a doubleheader of games on January 7, 2012, just five days after the NHL has the Winter Classic in Philadelphia.

For this go-round in Boston, the two games to be played will see Maine take on rival New Hampshire at 7:30 p.m. preceded by Massachusetts facing off with Vermont at 4 p.m. Fenway Park has become a great venue for college hockey matchups since the stadium first held the Winter Classic back in 2010. That year, Boston University and Boston College faced off in a battle between those bitter rivals and bringing another hostile rivalry into the event this year with Maine and UNH helps keep things lively all over again.

Perhaps we can get Shawn Thornton and Dan Carcillo to be honorary captains for one of the games and drop the gloves the way they did in 2010 since there’s no fighting in college hockey. Seeing Boston embrace going back to Fenway Park for outdoor hockey is a great thing to see and with the amount of hockey that you have in Boston and around New England it makes a ton of sense to keep going back here to do these events. Doing this one without having two of the city’s schools is a gutsy move as well. Having BU and BC would at least help draw even more attention to the game.

That said, if Boston wants to make an event like this even more iconic, here’s a crazy idea: Hold the annual Beanpot Tournament between BU, BC, Harvard, and Northeastern at Fenway Park. The Beanpot is already viewed as one of college hockey’s best traditions and putting that event in a place like Fenway Park, which turns 100 years old in 2012, would make the setting for the event incredible. That’s just our crazy idea though.