Understanding the Beanpot from the Minnesota Cup

The Beanpot is basically a battle to be called the king of Boston college hockey, simply put.  The tournament has been going on since the early 1950's between Northeastern, Harvard, Boston College, and Boston University.  Each year the teams play different teams then the last, creating a fair first round bid.  The second round consists of the championship game and the consolation game.  Typical tournament layout here, nothing too fancy anyway.


Now this is something that is going to come into play in the state of hockey next season.  The Minnesota Cup will be played between four of the five D1 teams located in Minnesota (Bulldogs, Gophers, Beavers, Huskies, and Mavericks), with one of the teams rotating out each year.

The structure of the tournament should be very comparable to that of the Beanpot, and will help generate more revenue for Minnesota Hockey considering that, as of next year, the five teams will be split into three different conferences.  It will create a reigning college hockey school for the year and add a little more tradition to the state of hockey.

Back to the Beanpot...

Games are played on the first two Mondays in february each year, with the champion receiving the tournament trophy.  The Elberly Trophy is awarded to the goaltender boasting the highest save percentage while the Beanpot MVP is awarded to the most valuable player.

For the last three years Boston College has proven to be the most dominent team in the city and they'll be hungry for another, extending the streak to four and five of the last six.  Last year the Eagles beat Boston University in overtime 3-2.

Lets look at the numbers, because everyone loves numbers.


Team
Beanpot Record
1st Place
2nd
3rd
4th
MVP
Eberly
Boston University
85-35  (.708)
29
20
7
4
30
14
Boston College
71-49  (.592)
17
15
22
6
16
10
Harvard
50-70  (.417)
10
15
15
20
10
2
Northeastern
34-86  (.283)
4
10
16
30
4
13

Now do please keep in mind the Eberly has smaller numbers because it wasn't awarded until 1974.  Also, fun-fact, John Curry stands with the record for the highest save percentage at 98.5%.  He stopped 64 shots and allowed only one goal.  Damn.


Anyway, Northeastern and Boston University square off at 4:00 CT and Boston College and Harvard play later at 7:00 CT.  Games can be found on NESN if you would like to tune in.

Supposed to be one of the greatest hockey tournaments and environment in college hockey.  Hoping one day soon I can check that one off the bucket list.

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