February 11, 2008

A Pot Full Of Surprises

BOSTON - So much about the Beanpot is unchanging.

The teams: Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern.

The days: The first two Mondays of every February.

The city: Boston. Where else?

The emotion: At a fever pitch throughout the tournament.

For all that continuity, though, the greatest constant runs deeper than the surface.

Expect the unexpected.

In that department, the 56th edition of the tournament delivered in spades.

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 11:52 PM | Comment

BC Gets The Beans With 6-5 Overtime Win

BOSTON - Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2008 Beanpot winner is Boston College, with the unlikeliest of heroes...freshman defenseman Nick Petrecki...who entered the game with exactly 0 goals on the season.

What a wild night.

For the scoring and a couple of quick postgame notes, click "more."

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 11:05 PM | Comment

Beanpot Boils Over Into Overtime, Tied 5-5 After Regulation

BOSTON - The last Beanpot championship meeting between Boston College and Harvard went into overtime, a 2-1 win for the Eagles.

This one is just a bit higher-scoring, but it stands similarly after regulation.

After 60 minutes of hockey at TD Banknorth Garden, your score: No. 7 Boston College 5, Harvard 5.

Ladies and gentlemen, overtime awaits.

For the third period scoring and other observations, click more.

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 10:32 PM | Comment

No. 7 Eagles Regain Lead In Second

BOSTON - It's quite likely that the spectators here at TD Banknorth Garden expected Boston College to be well on its way to its second Beanpot championship in five years by this point in the evening.

They've gotten what they expected...sort of, as Harvard has made it abundantly clear that the Eagles will not simply march right past the Crimson en route to the Beanpot.

Your score after two periods: No. 7 Boston College 3, Harvard 2.

For the scoring and a couple of other observations, click "more."

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 09:43 PM | Comment

Eagles Grounded In First, as Harvard Leads, 2-1

BOSTON - You can't take anything for granted in the Beanpot. Just ask No. 7 Boston College.

The prohibitive favorite in the championship game with Boston University out of the way, the Eagles struck first, but Harvard struck back, showing that back-to-back wins over Northeastern and Union are more than a blip on the radar.

Your score after 20 minutes at TD Banknorth Garden: Harvard 2, No. 7 Boston College 1.

For the scoring plus

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 08:44 PM | Comment

This One's For All The Beans

BOSTON - Hello again from TD Banknorth Garden, where we're getting set for the championship game of the 56th annual Beanpot tournament. Tonight's game pits No. 7 Boston College against Harvard.

It's one of the highlights of the college hockey season, and it's almost here.

For a few notes as we get set for the faceoff, click "more."

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 07:51 PM | Comment

Terriers Come Back to Stun No. 15 Northeastern, 5-4

BOSTON - For the record, overtime in the Beanpot consolation is five minutes long, period. Not that it's ever come up...or been played, at any rate.

For a time, it looked as if the 2008 edition of the consolation game might require an additional five minutes, but to the relief of many - mostly on the BU side - the extra session was rendered unnecessary.

Your final score at TD Banknorth Garden: Boston University 5, No. 15 Northeastern 4..

For the third-period scoring and some quick postgame thoughts, click "more."

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 07:14 PM | Comment

Pace Picks Up As No. 15 Huskies Lead, 4-3

BOSTON - The consolation game at the Beanpot is typically a sleepy affair, played before a mostly-empty TD Banknorth Garden.

Mostly-empty building? Check.

This game has hardly been sleepy, though, a fitting undercard to tonight's championship contest.

Your score after 40 minutes: No. 15 Northeastern 4, Boston University 3.

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 06:23 PM | Comment

Huskies, Terriers In A Dog Fight After One

BOSTON - There aren't that many people in TD Banknorth Garden so far, but the people who are here are fired up at one another. So far, though, it appears an even fight.

Your score after one period: No. 15 Northeastern 1, Boston University 1

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 05:43 PM | Comment

No. 15 Northeastern Looks To Deal BU Fourth-Place Beanpot Finish

BOSTON - Good afternoon from a very sparsely populated TD Banknorth Garden, as we're gettign set for the third game of the 2008 Beanpot Tournament. The consolation game pits No. 15 Northeastern against Boston University.

Here's a few notes to keep an eye on as we get set for the faceoff.

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 04:49 PM | Comment

February 09, 2008

Stepping Up and Stepping Forward

COLORADO SPRINGS - After last night's loss, St. Cloud State University coach Bob Motzko told his team that he needed guys to step up.

Tonight, the line of Andreas Nodl, Garrett Roe and Matt Hartman did just that, combining for three goals and five assists tonight.

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Posted by Theresa Spisak at 11:39 PM | Comment

Empty-Netter Seals Tigers' Fate

COLORADO SPRINGS - Though they had a goal disallowed early in the period, the St. Cloud State University Huskies stood strong, withstanding a mid-period 5-on-3 to get the empty-net goal with 34 seconds remaining to seal the victory and ensure the split.

The Colorado College Tigers, meanwhile, suffered their first loss at home all season.

For thoughts and more, click "more."

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Posted by Theresa Spisak at 10:34 PM | Comment

Top Two Teams Skate to 5-5 Tie

After a disappointing 4-2 loss last night in Oxford, the Miami RedHawks received little retribution as both teams skated to a 5-5 ties tonight at the Steve Cady Arena in Oxford.

More after the jump

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Posted by Adam Hainsfurther at 10:32 PM | Comment

Miami and Michigan Play To A 5-5 Tie

After an exciting overtime period that saw shots going off from all directions, neither Michigan or Miami was able to pull out with the win. A bench penalty assessed to Michigan seemed to give Miami a glimmer of hop of pulling out the win with under 30 seconds left in the game, but in the end the top two teams in the land played to a 5-5 tie.

I'll be back with a full recap and quotes

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Posted by Adam Hainsfurther at 10:03 PM | Comment

CC Scores One, but Huskies Still Lead 3-2

COLORADO SPRINGS - Eric Walsky scored early in the second period to narrow the SCSU Huskies' lead back down to one, but his Tigers still trail by one.

You know what to do for the vitals on this one.

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Posted by Theresa Spisak at 09:49 PM | Comment

Miami and Michigan need OT to decide game

For the third time in the night, Michigan scored within a minute after the period opening puck drop. This time Max Pacioretty put the puck past Jeff Zatkoff yet again. Kevin Porter was credited with the assist.

Shortly after Kevin Roeader was sent to the bin for a cross check.

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Posted by Adam Hainsfurther at 09:07 PM | Comment

Four Goals Scored; Huskies on top, 3-1, after One

COLORADO SPRINGS - The balmy weather outside World Arena must have warmed up the sticks for the St. Cloud State University Huskies and the Colorado College Tigers as both teams put together an offensive period, scoring four goals in the frame.

However, it is the Huskies on top after one period, putting the Tigers in a spot they don't see themselves in often - trailing going into the first intermission - something they've done just four times this season.

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Posted by Theresa Spisak at 08:46 PM | Comment

Going for the Sweep: CC Hosts St. Cloud

COLORADO SPRINGS - The No. 4 Colorado College Tigers hope to get their eighth sweep of the season and 15th straight home win tonight as they once again take on the St. Cloud State University Huskies.

The two teams met last night, with the Tigers coming away with a 5-3 victory, aided in part by a Scott McCulloch hat trick.

For more pre-game thoughts, click that little "more" button.

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Posted by Theresa Spisak at 08:35 PM | Comment

Wolverines Lead 4-3 After Two

Michigan mounted a quick attack early on in the second period. Max Pacioretty was able to put the puck past Miami net-minder Jeff Zatkoff just 23 seconds into the period to tie things up at two a piece.

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Posted by Adam Hainsfurther at 08:27 PM | Comment

RedHawks Look To Break Even as No. 1 Miami Hosts No. 2 Michigan

After last nights embarrassing 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Michigan Wolverines, the Miami University RedHawks have revenge on the brain. Their rivals to the north came out early and simply outplayed the Red and White early on last night, and Miami head coach Enrico Blasi would like nothing more than to return the favor tonight in Oxford.

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Posted by Adam Hainsfurther at 07:00 PM | Comment

RedHawks leads by 1 after 1

The Miami RedHawks are up by a single goal after the first period of play. The game started out with the RedHawks winning the face-off, but the Wolverines quickly went on the offensive after Miami's Ryan Jones got sent to the penalty box for contact to the head just 19 seconds into the game. He wasn't there for very long as Michigan's Travis Turnbull scored off of a Brandon Naurato assist.

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Posted by Adam Hainsfurther at 06:51 PM | Comment

Harvard 5-0: No. 1 Crimson Make It A Special Day At Bright

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - It was a day for special moments at the Bright Hockey Center on Saturday afternoon.

With Harvard already participating in "Pink at the Rink" with specially designed pink home jerseys, and scarves and ties for the coaches, and Senior Day ceremonies scheduled for after the game, the last regular-season contest at the Bright Center was likely to be a special affair.

Then, the Crimson decided that wasn't special enough.

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 06:37 PM | Comment

Pretty Awesome In Pink: No. 1 Harvard Shuts Our RPI, 5-0

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Havard band said it best with about three minutes left in Saturday's game at the Bright Hockey Center.

"PINK RULES THE RINK! PINK RULES THE RINK!"

Indeed, on "Pink at the Rink" weekend at the Bright Center, the team wearing pink, the No. 1 Harvard Crimson, imposed their will on visiting Rensselaer, in some instances, in landmark fashion.

Your final score from Cambridge: Harvard 5, RPI 0.

For the third period scoring and a few quick postgame notes and thoughts, click "more."

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 06:02 PM | Comment

No. 1 Crimson Closing In, Lead RPI 3-0

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The air of inevitability is setting in at the Bright Hockey Center.

The Engineers are game, but there's not much they can do against the No. 1 team in the nation and a goalie who's on her way to an NCAA record.

Your score after 40 minutes in Cambridge: NO. 1 Harvard 3, RPI 0.

For the scoring and a couple of other notes, click "more."

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 05:19 PM | Comment

No. 1 Crimson Overcomes Penalties, Leads RPI 2-0 After One

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - After one period at the Bright Hockey Center we know this much: the RPI Engineers have clearly come to play, but against the No. 1 team in the nation, it's unlikely to matter.

Your score after 20 minutes: No. 1 Harvard 2, Rensselaer 0.

For the scoring and a few other notes and thoughts, click "more."

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 04:30 PM | Comment

It's Pink At The Rink as No. 1 Harvard Hosts RPI

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Good afternoon from the Bright Hockey Center on the campus of Harvard University, where we're getting set for ECAC Hockey action. The No. 1 team in the nation, the Harvard Crimson, will look to flex its muscles against the visiting Engineers of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Here's a few notes as we get set for the faceoff.

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 03:45 PM | Comment

A Step In the Right Direction

DENVER - A coach never goes into a game hoping to tie - unless your name is Craig Dahl - but there are certain circumstances when both coaches involved can be happy with just one point.

Tonight was one of those nights for both University of Denver coach George Gwozdecky and his counterpart at the University of Minnesota, Don Lucia, as both their squads battled to a 1-1 tie at Magness Arena.

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Posted by Theresa Spisak at 12:30 AM | Comment

February 08, 2008

All Tied Up - 1-1 Final in Denver

DENVER - Five minutes of extra hockey was still not enough as, going back to my first post, neither team apparently wanted to win - or lose.

Marginal overtime notes by clicking "more."

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Posted by Theresa Spisak at 11:53 PM | Comment

Three Is Not Enough

DENVER - R.J. Anderson fires a seeing-eye puck to tie the game at one and that's where we stand after three periods.

For the third period round-up, click that little word below this.

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Posted by Theresa Spisak at 11:03 PM | Comment

Denver Up 1-0 After Two

DENVER - In a largely uneventful period, a short-handed Tyler Bozak breakaway at about the halfway point of the game has been the difference thus far as the only goal in this one.

For thoughts and penalties and whatnot, you know what to do.

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Posted by Theresa Spisak at 10:24 PM | Comment

Vermont Keeps Momentum Going In Win Over No. 12 Friars

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - After two years of challenging for a home-ice berth in the Hockey East playoffs and a possible NCAA tournament berth, Vermont's time seemed to have passed.

As the losses mounted up en route to a 4-9-5 record (3-5-3 Hockey East) on January 11 following a sweep at the hands of Boston College, the Catamounts had been passed by in favor of different underdogs looking to breakout and challenge the established Hockey East powers: Northeastern, UMass, UMass-Lowell and Providence.

All four teams garnered national attention with impressive runs at various points during the year.

Now, though, all four are Vermont victims in the Catamounts' own impressive run, which continued Friday night with a 2-1 win over the No. 12 Friars at Schneider Arena.

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 09:49 PM | Comment

Top Cats: Vermont Upends No. 12 Providence, 2-1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - They did it again.

For a team that was an uninspiring 4-9-5 on January 17, the Catamounts of the University of Vermont have become one of the hottest teams in the nation.

No. 12 Providence could claim much the same, but in the end, at least on Friday, the Friars were just another victim.

Your final score from Schneider Arena - Vermont 2, No. 12 Providence 1.

For the final scoring and some quick postgame notes, click "more."

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 09:25 PM | Comment

Gophers, Pioneers Scoreless After One

DENVER - Who wants to win? It should be more like, who wants to score? Or, conversely, which goaltender wants to allow a goal?

20 minutes gone in this one and although we've had no score, we've had shots off the post, defenseman skate saves and unbelievable glove nabs.

For a rundown of all the action, click the "more" button.

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Posted by Theresa Spisak at 08:51 PM | Comment

Fight To The Finish In Friartown: No. 12 PC and UVM Tied 1-1 After Two

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Vermont came out of the chute flying in the Catamounts' game against Providence at Schneider Arena, and have yet to slow down 40 minutes later.

Unfortunately for UVM, the No. 12 Friars haven't exactly dialed it down a notch themselves, and somehow, it seems unlikely that either team will back off before the final buzzer.

Your score after two periods: No. 12 Providence 1, Vermont 1.

For the scoring and some other notes and thoughts, click "more."

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 08:37 PM | Comment

Who Wants to Win? Minnesota vs. Denver, 2/8/2008

DENVER - On a chilly night at Magness Arena, the No. 7 University of Denver Pioneers are set to host the No. 20 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Both teams are coming off exciting (to say the least) weeks, wanting nothing more than to forget the hoopla and just play some hockey.

For notes, line-ups and more, click that little "more" button.

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Posted by Theresa Spisak at 08:34 PM | Comment

No One's Giving An Inch: No. 12 Friars and Catamounts Tied After One

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - We've got a good one going here, folks.

The two hottest teams in Hockey East are playing like the two hottest teams in Hockey East. The first 20 minutes of this contest were filled with hard-fought battles along the walls, solid hitting, strong goaltending, quality scoring chances...everything but actual goals.

Yep, that's right: your score after one period at Schneider Arena: No. 12 Providence 0, Vermont 0.

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 07:41 PM | Comment

Something's Gotta Give As No. 12 Providence Hosts Streaking Vermont

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Good evening, everyone, from Schneider Arena, on the campus of Providence College, where the two hottest teams in Hockey East are set to square off. The Catamounts of the University of Vermont, 3-1-2 in their last six games, all against Top 15 competition, come to town looking to add the No. 12 Providence Friars to their list of victims.

Here's a few notes to keep an eye on as we get set for the faceoff.

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Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 06:32 PM | Comment