DETROIT - APRIL 10: Jimmy Hayes #10 of the Boston College Eagles takes a shot next to John Ramage #55 of Wisconsin Badgers during the championship game of the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four on April 10, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Boston College won the game 5-0. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Beanpot 2011: No. 1 Boston College Defeats Northeastern In Overtime To Win Beanpot, 7-6

Jimmy Hayes scored the game-winning goal six minutes into overtime, sending No. 1 Boston College to its second consecutive Beanpot title with a scintillating 7-6 win over Northeastern at TD Garden on Monday night. No. 15 Boston University lost to Harvard, 5-4, in the consolation game. Read more at BC Interruption.

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Beanpot 2011: Northeastern Gives Boston College All It Can Handle, But Eagles Prevail

It wasn't easy for the No. 1 team in the country, but when it was all said and done -- and after some overtime --Boston College won the Beanpot Monday night for the second year in a row, defeating Northeastern, 7-6. It's the Eagles' 16th title overall, and their third in the past four years.

It was a wild, frenetic championship game between BC and Northeastern, with both sides exchanging the lead throughout the night. The second period alone had five goals, three from the Eagles, and both teams netted two more in the third period, including Northeastern's goal with just 1:46 left to tie it up.

The teams headed to overtime where, just six minutes into the extra frame, BC's Jimmy Hayes beat goalie Chris Rawlings for the game-winner. Chris Kreider was named tournament MVP, scoring two goals and an assist to help give BC back-to-back titles for the first time since the 1960s.

BC Interruption tips its cap to Northeastern, which gave BC all it could handle and then some. 

Despite some poor BC defense and special teams play, the Huskies gave the Eagles all they could handle for 60 minutes, playing in what amounted to their program's first-round NCAA Tournament game. Despite the loss, NU goalie Chris Rawlings was named best goaltender of the Beanpot, turning aside 39 of 46 shots in the losing effort. [...]

With the win, BC wins the Beanpot in back-to-back years for the first time in 46 years, and the program is making strides to rename this tournament the "BC Invitational." Speaking of the "BU Invitational," Boston University finished last in their own tournament for the first time since 1980, losing to Harvard 5-4 in the Consolation Game.


Beanpot 2011: Boston College, Northeastern Advance To Championship Game

The championship game is set for the 2011 Beanpot, and it's not much of a surprise:  No. 1 Boston College will do battle with Northeastern next week, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. EST. No. 14 Boston University and Harvard will meet in the consolation game, at 4:30 p.m.

It will mark the first championship game between the Eagles and Terriers since 1983. BC won that game going away, 8-2. 

Monday night, in the tournament's opening play, Northeastern blanked Harvard, 4-0, in the first semifinal. Then in the second semifinal, Boston College got past Boston University in overtime, 3-2, netting the game-winning goal when junior defenseman Tommy Cross scored just 3:17 into the extra period. It was the first overtime game in the Beanpot since 2008, when two of the games needed extra time. 

If you missed the BU-BC game, BC Interruption has you covered with the highlights (jump ahead to the 6:44 mark for Cross' game-winner): 

It was BC's fourth win over BU this season (the Eagles are 4-0 against their Green-Line rivals), as BC Interruption writes, it's important in the rivalry, not just for the Eagles' win, but also "because BU cares so much about the 'BU Invitational.'" 

Northeastern will be looking to put an end to the Beanpot's longest title drought. The Huskies last won the Beanpot in 1998, and will be appearing in just their sixth appearance in the Championship Game in the last 23 tournaments.

This year's Beanpot Championship Game also gives the Eagles and Huskies a rather unique quirk to this year's schedule. After each program returns to Hockey East play on Friday night, BC and Northeastern will face each other three times, in three different arenas, in less than a week -- on Monday February 14, followed by their regular season home-and-home scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 18-19.


Beanpot 2011, Harvard Vs. Northeastern: Time, History, Results And More

The first round of the 59th Annual Beanpot is set to begin Monday night at 5 p.m. EST. Harvard will face Northeastern in the early game and Boston University will battle Boston College in the late game at 8 p.m. Here's a look at the Harvard-Northeastern match-up.

Teams: Harvard (4-17) and Northeastern (8-11-6) will square off in a first-round match-up. 

Date/Time: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 5:00 p.m. EST.

Broadcast Information: Both of Monday night's games will be broadcast on NESN. Don Orsillo will serve as the play-by-play announcer with Andy Brickley serving as the color commentator. Naoko Funayama will provide rinkside reports. The games can also be heard on the radio on WHRB-FM 95.3.

Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts. The home of the Boston Bruins of the NHL and the Boston Celtics of the NBA will serve as the home of Boston's prestigious college hockey tournament tonight and next Monday night.

Odds: The pregame odds, according to 5Dimes, lists Northeastern as a 1.5-goal favorite over Harvard.

Series History: Harvard is 13-6 in games against Northeastern in the first round of the Beanpot. In scenarios where Northeastern and Harvard meet in the first round, such as on Monday night, Harvard has won five Beanpot title while Northeastern has only won once.

Harvard In The Beanpot: Harvard has a 48-68 record all-time in the tournament and has won 10 Beanpot titles. The Crimson have amassed 425 goals for compared to 461 goals against in the Beanpot. The last time Harvard won the Beanpot was in the 1992-93 season. Harvard has finished second 15 times, third 13 times and fourth 20 times.

Northeastern In The Beanpot: Northeastern is 33-83 all-time in the Beanpot and has won the tournament title only four times. The Huskies have 356 goals for and have allowed 574 goals in tournament history. The last time that Northeastern won the Beanpot was in the 1987-88 season. Northeastern has finished second nine times, third 16 times and fourth 29 times.

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