Will the Terriers Sweep the Beanpot for the First Time?
BU’s men’s and women’s hockey teams have a shot at their championships—just the fifth time for both in same year
No one may be more qualified than Brian Durocher to speak on what a Beanpot sweep would mean to the Boston University athletic program.
For the 5th time in 42 years, both BU hockey teams (men’s and women’s) will skate in their Beanpot Tournament championship game in the same year—the men Monday night, the women Tuesday night. A victory for both, and both against Northeastern, would be a first. (The BU women and the Northeastern men are the defending Beanpot champions.)
Durocher (Wheelock’78), a four-year goalie as a BU undergrad, won two Beanpot titles as a player and seven as an assistant coach with the men’s program. Last year, as Terrier women’s head coach, he guided them to their first Beanpot title since they became a varsity program. This year marked his 300th win as coach of the BU team.
“It obviously would be a wonderful statement for the student-athletes that are a part of both teams,” says Durocher, who is in his 15th season as the women’s head coach. “If they could come up with that double, it would be something to be proud of now and for a long time to come.”
It certainly would mean something to the players.
“I think it would be pretty crazy,” says men’s team alternate captain Cam Crotty (Questrom’21). “A bunch of the women came to our game on Monday and supported us, and we went to their game on Tuesday. They were really great games; both teams played pretty well. I think if we each got that opportunity to bring it home, it would be something pretty special for this school and both teams.”
“We’re super supportive of each other and want us both to succeed,” says women’s team cocaptain Sammy Davis (CGS’17, Sargent’19, Wheelock 20). “I mean, it would be so much fun if we were both able to bring home a Beanpot.”
68th men’s Beanpot championship game
After last week’s overtime thriller in the semifinal against Boston College, the Terriers (10-9-7, 7-5-5 Hockey East) play two-time defending Beanpot champion and 12th-ranked Northeastern (15-8-2, 8-7-1 HE).
They’ve played just once so far this season, with BU taking a 6-3 home victory on December 7. Northeastern topped Harvard 3-1 in last week’s Beanpot semifinal.
BU is in the title game for the fifth time in six years, but looking for its first trophy since 2015.
Players to watch
Patrick Curry (SHA’20): The Terrier captain leads the team with 15 goals and has 10 assists. He had one of each in the semifinal.
David Farrance (CAS’21): The team’s leading scorer (12 goals, 20 assists), Farrance posted a goal and 2 assists in the semifinal.
Trevor Zegras (CAS’23): Arguably the most highly touted pro prospect in the tournament and a gifted playmaker, Zegras (8 goals, 19 assists) had an assist in the semifinal.
Tyler Madden: The team’s leading scorer, sophomore Madden (17 goals, 19 assists) has oodles of talent. He had an assist in the semifinal.
Zach Solow: Junior Solow scored the tying goal in the semifinal and is second on the team in scoring (12 goals, 15 assists). He scored against BU earlier this year.
Ryan Shea: Always a helping hand, senior captain Shea leads the team with 22 assists and has 4 goals.
“We’ve had great games against them in previous years—I think it just comes down to us being disciplined,” Crotty says. “It’s 100 percent about us. The coaches have said it before: it’s all about us. We don’t really care what team we’re playing, if we come and play our A game and our players are going the way they should, it’s really tough for us to lose games.”
42nd women’s Beanpot championship game
Following a 4-0 drubbing of Boston College in the semifinal, eighth-ranked Boston University (20-6-3, 14-6-3 HE) runs into a tough foe in third-ranked Northeastern (25-3-1, 21-2 HE).
The Huskies lead in this season’s series 3-0, yet two games were decided by just one score. Northeastern got past 10th-ranked Harvard 3-1 in the semifinal round.
Players to watch
Jesse Compher (SHA’21): Following a two-goal performance in the Beanpot semifinal, Compher (10 goals, 15 assists) looks to make an impact.
Abby Cook (Sargent’20): One of the best scoring defenders in the country, Cook (8 goals, 17 assists) provided two helpers in last year’s title game.
Sammy Davis (CGS’17, Sargent’19, Wheelock 20): BU’s leading scorer (14 goals, 19 assists) and two-year cocaptain is among the best skaters in the country.
Aerin Frankel: The junior netminder leads the country with a .959 save percentage and is tied for the nation’s lead in shutouts, with eight.
Alina Mueller: Sophomore Mueller (10 goals, 33 assists) is running away with the Hockey East scoring title. She’s had two goals and an assist against BU this season.
Chloé Aurard: The conference’s second best scorer, sophomore Auruard owns 18 goals and 21 assists this season.
“They’re a fast hockey team,” Davis says. “They have a really good transition game. We need to be able to focus on that, working hard with the puck and without the puck. I think we’ll be good if we do that, stay on them, don’t let them get any oxygen. We’ll be good.”
The 68th Men’s Beanpot Tournament: The Terriers play in the championship game on Monday, February 10, at 7:30 pm, against defending champ Northeastern. Purchase tickets on Ticketmaster. All men’s Beanpot games are played at TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, and will be broadcast live on NESN or NESN+ and WTBU Radio.
The 42nd Women’s Beanpot Tournament: The defending champion Terriers play in the championship game on Tuesday, February 11, at 8 pm, against Northeastern. Purchase tickets on Ticketmaster. All women’s 2020 Beanpot games are played at Walter Brown Arena, 285 Babcock St., Boston, and will be broadcast live on NESN or NESN+ and WTBU Radio.