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College Hockey Update! The Beanpot and Conference Races!

Facts About The Beanpot!

  • Boston College defeated Boston University 3-2 in overtime on Feb 13th . It was the 12th Beanpot final to be decided in overtime and the 6th since 2004.
  • BU has been in the final 49 times out of the 60 tournaments and BC has played in 32 of the championship games.  This year marked the 22nd time these two schools have played each other for the title.
  • Harvard University and Northeastern have never played each other in the finals of the Beanpot.  Harvard has 25 finals appearances however, while Northeastern has 14.
  • BU leads the Beanpot with 29 titles,  BC in second with 17, Harvard third with 10 titles, and Northeastern far behind with just 4 titles.
  • In February of 2009, BU and Northeastern played in the only Beanpot Final that involved the top two ranked teams in the college hockey polls.  BU won 5-2 scoring 3 shorthanded goals against the Huskies.
  • BU has the longest title streak at 6 in a row from 1995 to 2000 where they outscored opponents in the finals of those years by a margin of 30 goals scored to 11 allowed.
  • Every time BU has won the national title (5 in total) they won the Beanpot during that season.  The same can be said about BC (4 titles in total but, only 3 titles occurred during the existence of the Beanpot).  Harvard has 1 national title in 1989 and Harvard also won the Beanpot that season.

The Beanpot tradition is one of the greatest in all of college hockey.  The fight for Boston is over, Boston College is king!

 

Major Weekend for Conference Races!

The CCHA

Conference Record Gp W L T SO Pts GF/GA
1. Ferris State

24

14

6

4

1

47

70/56
2. Western Michigan

24

12

9

3

3

42

63/56
3. Michigan

24

12

8

4

1

41

72/53
4. Ohio State

26

11

10

5

1

39

73/71
5. Michigan State

24

11

10

3

2

38

70/62
5. Lake Superior St.

24

10

10

4

4

38

62/63
7. Miami

24

11

11

2

1

36

59/53
7. Notre Dame

24

11

10

3

0

36

60/62
7. Northern Michigan

24

9

9

6

3

36

62/67
10.Alaska

26

8

14

4

2

30

61/70
11. Bowling Green

24

4

16

4

3

19

34/73

 

The key matchups for this weekend

No 1. Nationally ranked Ferris State Vs Bowling Green.  Ferris St needs to take advantage of playing BG because in the final weekend they will face 2nd place Western Michigan in the regular seasons last weekend.

Another matchup would be 2nd place Western Michigan playing on the road at t-5th Lake Superior St.  With only a 3 point difference between the teams this series will have major playoff position implications.

It should be a fascinating weekend for the top teams of the CCHA and as well as all the other teams playing for playoff home ice with only 6 points separating 8 teams.

The CCHA is putting together some of the toughest competition in College Hockey.

 

The WCHA

Conference Record Gp W L T PTS GF/GA
1. Minnesota

22

15

7

0

30

72/47
2. Minnesota Duluth

22

13

6

3

29

82/57
3. Denver

22

12

6

4

28

77/65
4. Colorado College

22

12

9

1

25

76/67
4. Nebraska Omaha

22

10

7

5

25

69/66
6. North Dakota

22

12

10

0

24

63/60
7. Michigan Tech

22

10

9

3

23

75/68
8. Bemidji State

22

9

10

3

21

60/69
8. Saint Cloud State

22

9

10

3

21

64/59
10. Minnesota State

24

8

15

1

17

65/87
11. Wisconsin

22

7

13

2

16

58/71
12. Alaska Anchorage

24

4

19

1

9

49/94

 

The Major Weekend Matchups

Nebraska Omaha AT Colorado College. This battle between the two 4th place teams will have a major factor as the race for home ice heats up.  With 6th place North Dakota and 7th place Michigan tech within a point or two, if NO or CC were swept in this weekend series it could knock them out of home ice.

Home Ice is the major factor for this league again as 6th place North Dakota faces off against 7th place Michigan Tech.  These two matchups are going to be HUGE for getting Home ice in the first round.

The WCHA as always puts up a battle as one of the toughest to play in.

 

HEA

Conference Record Gp W L T PTS GF/GA
1. Umass Lowell

21

14

7

0

28

69/49
2. Boston College

21

13

7

1

27

71/56
2. Boston University

21

13

7

1

27

75/53
4. Merrimack

21

11

6

4

26

54/47
4. Maine

22

12

8

2

26

73/68
6. Providence

21

10

10

1

21

62/67
7. New Hampshire

22

9

11

2

20

56/61
8. Umass Amherst

21

6

11

4

16

61/72
8. Northeastern

21

7

12

2

16

58/61
10. Vermont

21

2

18

1

5

46/91

 

Weekend Matchups

Probably the most exciting matchup’s of the weekend are taking place in Hockey East.  Hockey East has 4 teams ranked in the top 10 in the national polls. With 5 teams all within 2 points of League leader Umass Lowell, every single game matters and a bad weekend can drop any of these teams out of home ice in the 1st round of the playoffs.

Home and Home series between No. 2 Boston University vs No. 6 Umass Lowell

A sweep of either team could spell doom for home ice or winning the regular season title in itself.  And with Providence and New Hampshire picking up the pace and streaking right now, dropping in the standings could pose a challenge.

Home and Home series between No. 3 Boston College vs No. 9 Merrimack

With Boston College coming off a Beanpot Title and Merrimack struggling to find the back of the net look for a gritty series where these teams fight for Hockey East supremacy as well.

Hockey East has the closet standings going into this weekend’s games and after the weekend we might know who the better teams in the league are, or we might know just how good all these teams are if we see multiple splits.

 

ECAC

Conference Record Gp W L T PTS GF/GA
1. Union

18

11

3

4

26

61/30
2. Cornell

18

10

3

5

25

57/38
3. Colgate

18

11

6

1

23

64/53
4. Harvard

18

6

4

8

20

50/46
5. Clarkson

18

8

7

3

19

48/49
6. Quinnipiac

18

7

7

4

18

49/48
7. St. Lawrence

18

8

9

1

17

41/57
8. Dartmouth

18

6

9

3

15

49/61
8. Yale

18

7

10

1

15

55/53
10. Princeton

18

5

10

3

13

48/60
10. Rensselaer

18

5

10

3

13

34/49
12. Brown

18

5

11

2

12

51/63

 

Matchups This Weekend

Cornell faces Clarkson on Friday Feb 17th.  This might be the most impacting game on Friday where Clarkson can make up some ground on the 2nd place team Cornell.  Cornell is only 1 point out of 1st place so there could be a new leader in the conference come Saturday morning.

For Saturday Colgate visits Clarkson for another top 5 matchup in ECAC.  With two wins this weekend Clarkson can be competing for the top spots in the league.  We will see what the conference shakes up to look like come the end of this weekend.

 

Atlantic Hockey

Conference Record Gp W L T PTS GF/GA
1. Air Force

23

13

4

6

32

72/48
2. RIT

23

14

6

3

31

65/42
3. Mercyhurst

23

13

6

4

30

71/57
3. Niagra

24

12

6

6

30

70/48
5. Bentley

23

11

6

6

28

67/49
6. Holy Cross

23

12

8

3

27

76/61
6. Robert Morris

23

12

8

3

27

66/50
8. Connecticut

23

11

10

2

24

68/53
9. Canisius

24

9

12

3

21

50/64
10. Army

23

3

15

5

11

42/78
11. American Int’l

23

4

17

2

10

43/86
12. Sacred Heart

23

2

18

3

7

53/107

 

This weekend’s intriguing matchups

The series between Air Force and Mercyhurst could finish with a new leader of Atlantic Hockey.  With Mercyhurst behind by only 2 points they could take overall first unless RIT has a good weekend as well.  Air Force will be a tough opponent and might be too much for Mercyhurst to handle.  However, Mercyhurst did best Air Force 3-2 in a previous match up in November but Air Force is a much improved team since then as well.

Robert Morris is only 4 points behind second place RIT before the two play each other in a series this weekend.  Right before the holiday break Robert Morris shut out RIT 4-0.  Look for a jumble of conference positions after this weekend in Atlantic Hockey

 

Overall in February, College Hockey’s Conference races heat up to heart stopping excitement for some fans. In all the conferences this weekend, great hockey will be played and some teams hopes and dreams could take a hit while others will flourish in the triumphs. Go Hockey!

Kris Vogt

Kris Vogt

Kristopher Vogt is a senior meteorology major at UMASS Lowell. Kris watches hockey whenever he can and frequently loses in game 7′s in EA’s NHL12. He roots for the Bruins and has a secret affection for the San Jose Sharks. Go Bruins, Go Sharks
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