Beanpot Final: Boston College Vs. Northeastern Prediction, Key Players

Boston College and Northeastern will meet in the Beanpot final to try to take home all the beans. 

The Northeastern Huskies have struggled in the Beanpot tournament, there’s no doubt about that. But during 2018’s tournament, the Howling Huskies took home the trophy for the first time in 30 years. Boston College has won 20 Beanpot titles in school history, last hoisting the trophy in 2016. 

Now the Eagles and Huskies will meet on TD Garden ice once again Monday to compete for the Beanpot trophy.

Here’s a preview of BC vs. NU set to air on NESN at 7:30 p.m. ET after the consolation game between Harvard and Boston University.

Beanpot Records:
Boston College: 79-54 with 20 championship titles.

Northeastern: 42-91 with five championships.

Head-To-Head History:
Boston College has won four of the last six Beanpot meetings with Northeastern, but the Huskies have claimed victory in each of the past two battles. 

2011 Final: BC 7, NU 6 (OT)

2012 Semifinal: BC 7, NU 1

2013 Final: BC 6, NU 3

2014 Final: BC 4, NU 1

2017 Consolation: NU 4, BC 2

2018 Semifinal: NU 3, BC 0

2018-19 Season:
Northeastern is having a very successful season to date. With a record of 16-9-1 they sit fifth in the Hockey East standings and are 9-7-1 in conference action.

At the beginning of the season, Northeastern took home a huge win over No. 1 ranked St. Cloud State by a score of 3-2. They have also managed to beat the No. 2 ranked UMass Minutemen in overtime. This team surely doesn’t lack talent.

Boston College is doing quite well in conference action this season with a record of 9-5-3 and 10-13-3 overall. 

Unlike Northeastern, the Eagles took a huge loss to St. Cloud State 7-0 early on this season. BC is coming off a 3-0 loss to the UMass Lowell Riverhawks on Friday, but will look to shake off the loss Monday when they face the Huskies in the Beanpot final.

Northeastern and Boston College have not faced each other yet this season and will do so for the first time in the Beanpot final. They will meet twice more after the championship game.

Key Players:
Senior forward Brandon Hawkins is having a huge season for the Huskies, accumulating 22 points through 26 games played. Freshman forward Tyler Madden is a player everyone in Hockey East has had their eyes on for a while now. Madden has tallied 22 points through 23 games and is known for more than just his scoring ability. Madden breaks out some pretty slick goal celebrations when he scores, including a fabulous celebration after scoring the game-winning goal over Boston University to send the Huskies to the Beanpot final.

Junior defenseman Jeremy Davies is having a tremendous year on the Huskies’ blue line, accumulating 22 points and playing some of the best hockey of his career.

On the other side of the ice, junior forward David Cotton is a name to get familiar with. Through 26 games he has tallied 24 points while also leading the Eagles in goals with 15. Junior forward Julius Mattila is also in the middle of a stellar season for the Eagles, tallying 16 points so far during the campaign. Finally, sophomore forward Logan Hutsko is also playing really well, notchig 16 points on the year.

Prediction:
Northeastern 3, BC 2

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