Throwback Thursday Top 10: Beanpot finals
They play for all the beans in Beantown every year since 1952. The most heralded in-season tournament in all of NCAA play takes center stage Monday night at 7:30 p.m. at TD Garden when Northeastern and Boston University meet up for Boston bragging rights.
Boston College and Harvard play the consolation at 5:00.
Always scheduled for the first two Mondays each February since the third Beanpot in 1954 among the aforementioned foursome, this year’s tournament marks the first time both of those Mondays this February were postponed due to major snowstorms.
The 2015 Beanpot championship game also marks two other milestones of sorts. It is the first time in the past five years that the Eagles will not have the opportunity to extend their consecutive-title streak to a record-tying six. It also puts Northeastern in its fourth final in the past five years, while keeping the Huskies without a ‘Pot housed on Huntington Avenue since their last title win way back in 1988.
BU will gun for its first title under coach David Quinn, and first since 2009. The Terriers lead all teams with not only 29 Beanpot titles.
Here’s look at one opinion of the Top-10 games; some are about outcomes; others about individual effort.
No. 10 — The first faceoff at the old Boston Garden took place on December 26, 1952. Harvard won that first-ever championship game, 7-4, over BU.
No. 9 — Boston College wins its first Beanpot on January 11, 1954.
No. 8 — Boston University overwhelms Northeastern, 9-3, on February 3, 1958 for its very first Beanpot title.
No. 7 — BU wins its sixth consecutive Beanpot title, the longest streak all-time for any team, by defeating BC, 4-1, on Valentine’s Day in 2000.
No. 6 — The lowest scoring Beanpot championship game was the 1981 final, a 2-0 win for Harvard over BC. That BC whitewash marks only the third time in finals history that a team was shutout, and the last time any team has gone scoreless.
No. 5 — Two games remain tied with the highest goal total (15) in Beanpot finals history: Harvard pasted BU, 9-6, in 1989; BU swarmed Northeastern, 11-4, in 1996.
No. 4 — BU’s most memorable – and inspirational – Beanpot is likely the Terrier’s 4-2 win over Northeastern on February 8, 1999. At the ceremony to present the trophy, Travis Roy joined his team as a senior after his paralyzing injury four years before in his very first shift as a freshman.
No. 3 — The two individual game records that still stand out belong to BU’s Tony Amonte, and Harvard’s Bill Cleary. Amonte scored a pure hat trick in just 5:24 of the second period of the 1991 final; Cleary scored a pure hat trick and added another in the first period of the 1955 championship game. Cleary had two goals in the semifinal game; his seven goals tie the tournament record with Harvard’s Joe Cavanagh.
N0. 2 — Cavanagh has more beans on the scoring sheet than any player tournament history. And he did it in three seasons because freshmen were not eligible for varsity play. In his six games, he potted 7 goals (tied with Bill Cleary) and 12 assists for 19 points.
No. 1 — Northeastern goes 27 years before winning its first ‘Pot, a 5-4 victory in OT over BC in 1980. It is arguably the biggest upset in tournament history; Wayne Turner scored the winning goal. The Huskies would win three more titles the next eight years. It’s been 27 years running since they last won it all in 1988.
— Northeastern U. (@Northeastern) October 2, 2014