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Hooked on a feeling

Monday night was in the top 5 best nights of my life. It took 2 postponements, almost a month and 3 overtime periods, but BU finally won its 30th Beanpot. Finally. A Boston tournament, previously referred to as the BU invitational, finally saw a BU victory again for the first time in 6 years. The Class of 2013 was the first class at BU since the Class of 1965 to not see a Beanpot win in their four years. The Class of 2014, my class, was the second.

But the streak has broken. And will never exist again. We had to watch as Wade Megan and Garrett Noonan fought back tears in their post-game press conferences after failing to win a Beanpot in their four years at BU. Evan Rodriguez and Cason Hohmann will never have to know that feeling. No other future BU class will have to know that feeling.


I knew Northeastern was not going to be easy. After not seeing their first win until the 10th game of the season, Northeastern has been climbing in the ranks and the wins column over the past couple of months. As much as I wanted to see our first win in years be against BC, I was still elated when Northeastern beat them in the first round and destroyed their 6-game winning streak. We can save the BC defeat for next year.

We scored early. Which made me nervous. Northeastern scored immediately after. Which was expected. This isn’t a team that takes a solid lead and holds on to it. Almost all of our wins have been come from behind and blowing leads has become our forte. I would much rather be tied or down a goal going into the third. That was our time. But not Monday night.

The most nervous I was all night was during the second intermission with BU up 3-1 going into the third. We don’t do that. We need to have something to fight for in the third. We don’t do the whole hang on until the end thing. I had a terrible feeling that Northeastern was going to win.

And then what we knew was going to happen did. Northeastern scored two quick goals at about the 10 minute mark to tie the game up at 3.

And all of a sudden, the nerves were gone. I can’t explain it, but I knew. This wasn’t a team that was going to lose the Beanpot again. Overtime came. As we all knew it would. And everything seemed okay.

Despite the horror stories I could tell you about overtime at TD Garden, I was okay. The first round against Harvard I was a horrible wreck with head in hands trying to stop from shaking through two grueling overtime intermissions. But Monday night I was alright.

The rest is history. Northeastern took a penalty in the first minute (one that is of course disputed, but clearly a penalty) and Matt Grzelcyk put one past Clay Witt only seconds later. You couldn’t have written a better ending. Bruins draft pick scores at the Garden in front of his dad and current Bruins employee to win the Beanpot in probably his last one at BU. And it was perfection.

The next fifteen minutes is a blur of screaming and laughing and tearing up and smiling and saying, “we finally did it” over and over again.





And then we got to walk down those god-awful TD Garden concrete stairs with smiles on our faces. A feeling I had never known.

The rest of the night only got better as we met up with the team. Got to congratulate them in person and have some fun with the Pot in a way only 6 years of waiting can allow.





And then the Sportscenter highlights of the game came on and I got to witness Matt Grzelcyk chug from the Pot in front of a giant screen showing his OT winner.









And everything was right in the world.




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The Beanpot: End The Streak Edition

The time has finally come.

The reason that the crazy, dedicated members of the Dog Pound make sure not to schedule any Monday night classes during spring registration: the 62nd Annual Beanpot Tournament.

Every year, four “Boston” schools (only two of which have Boston addresses, but that’s an argument for another day) come together at the TD Garden for a two-week long tournament starting on the first Monday of February. This year, the Harvard University Crimson face off against the Northeastern Huskies at 5pm followed by a battle between the Boston College Eagles and the Boston University Terriers at 8pm.

At first I was  nervous upon finding out that the Terriers would be facing the Eagles in the first round, but I’m warming up to the idea. Odds are BU would have had to face the Eagles at some point in the tournament so they might as well get it over with in the first round. Even though the Terriers enter this game down 0-2 against Boston College this season, they are definitely a team that can play up to the occasion. With a very depleted team two weeks ago, BU still managed to put up 4 goals against a dominant Boston College team.

The Beanpot is an entirely different monster. In the TD Garden, in front of a crowd of over 10,000, the Terriers tend to find a way to beat Boston College. Their last meeting in this historic building was for the Hockey East Semifinals last year where the Terriers knocked the Eagles out of the tournament for the first time in 3 years defeating them 6-3.

The Terriers have definitely struggled against the Eagles in the Beanpot in the past few years though. In 2010, the season after the Terriers went on to win it all at the National Championship, the Eagles took back the Beanpot with a close 4-3 win over the Terriers. The following year, the Eagles knocked them out in the first round with a 3-2 overtime victory. 2012 saw one of the most devastating losses in the BU/BC rivalry and by far the most devastating game I have ever seen when Boston College defeated Boston University with 6.4 seconds remaining in the first overtime period after a battle back and forth all game for the Beanpot Finals.

Like the Bruins/Canadiens rivalry game last night, when these two teams get together anything can happen. If history is any indicator, it is bound to be a back and forth, one-goal game with overtime always a very good possibility.

Being my senior year, a Terrier Beanpot win is more important now more than ever. Last year’s graduating class was the first BU class to not witness a Beanpot win since the Class of 1965, and my class threatens to be the second in a row.

If there’s a game that the Terriers have a really good chance of winning this year, though, it’s this Beanpot semifinal game against the Eagles. Boston University usually plays its best in the bigger arenas, as evidenced by past Beanpot and Hockey East tournament appearances at TD Garden and Red Hot Hockey at Madison Square Garden this past Thanksgiving.

Tonight the Terriers face off against the UMASS Minutemen who are only one point above the Terriers in the Hockey East standings. Boston University has historically struggled playing at Mullins Center in Amherst, but a win tonight could be huge in starting the Terriers off on a positive note going into a challenging first-round Beanpot matchup.

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A Devastating Beanpot

Even from 3,500 miles away, last night was devastating.

For all Boston University hockey fans.

Especially for the seniors in the Dog Pound.

Especially for the six seniors on the team.

Especially for Captain Wade Megan.

Who will never get the opportunity to celebrate a Beanpot win and host that trophy up in the air. It breaks my heart.

Even though this team hasn’t been playing the best or with the most intensity lately, they still deserved the Pot. Those six seniors deserved the opportunity to win the best college hockey tournament outside of the championship. And it absolutely crushes me that they didn’t get that opportunity.

Wade Megan, whose scored multiple goals in the Beanpot over the years, was heart-breaking to watch last night after the game. With tear’s in his eyes saying “It’s just devastating.”

That it was.

I still have one more year at least. One more opportunity to celebrate a Beanpot win (or even a national title) as a BU student. One more season that I WILL be present for all of. Every single game if I can help it. As I know many others will.

So yeah, this sucks. And as much as I hate the phrase, there really is always next year. This used to be called the BU Invitational, but we’ve been stuck at 29 wins for several years now. Hopefully we can take this frustration into next year. Fix stupid defensive mistakes. Clean up the power play. Get the puck in the freaking net! And turn this yearly rendezvous of Boston/Cambridge/Newton college hockey teams back into the BU Invitational.

This season isn’t by any means over, but it isn’t looking good. The second half has been absolutely horrible and it shows no signs of improving as the team just gets increasingly frustrated and disheartened. It’s sad to watch. Even from halfway across the world.

I didn’t want to miss some amazing season with a championship run while I was abroad (as selfish as that is), but this is far from what I wanted. I wanted to stay up until 4am every night deep into March, walk the streets of Madrid in my BU Hockey shirt nearly everyday, beg friends to post streams of the games and instructing everyone I knew in Boston to cheer extra loud for me.

I wanted Wade Megan to get his Beanpot trophy. I wanted all my friends in band and the Dog Pound in the class of 2013 to experience that celebration. I wanted to be looking forward to next Monday at 2am when the Beanpot final between BU and BC would start. But this year I’ll be long asleep by then, not knowing who I want to win because I hate Vinny Saporini and the Huskies with their “No means no!” chant almost as much as I abhor the Eagles. There will be no devastating loss with 6.4 seconds remaining in overtime to our worst rivals. There will be nothing.

This is a team that’s lost its heart. Its desire to win. And when it comes to college hockey, that’s honestly the most important part. They have an amazing group of fans willing to travel across the country to watch them play every single weekend, but something just isn’t working anymore.

There is always next year.

There’s a great group of guys in the Class of 2014 who have fought hard for the last 3 years and deserve this too. We have some really great freshmen. We have a fan base that gets stronger and stronger every year. We have hope.

Next year.

A year from next Monday the title of this blogpost will be something very different.

A year from next Monday Matt Nieto and Sahir Gill will each tack on a point in the Beanpot finale versus Boston College. Alexx Privitera will have an amazing game-saving block in front of an impenetrable Matt O’Connor. Garrett Noonan will skate his heart out despite his couple of unnecessary trips to the penalty box. And Matt Grzelcyk will skate across the Bruins logo straight through a strong Eagles defense untouched around the back of the goal and set up the perfect goal for Cason Hohman with 3.2 seconds left in the second overtime.

The Class of 2014 will get their Beanpot trophy and you can bet the diehards of the Class of 2013 will be filling the seats of TD Garden, screaming at NESN from their cheap apartments in Allston or watching crappy streams on the Internet with a 30 second delay across the world. They’ll get their Beanpot too. Just not this year.

This team has gone through so much since winning the national title in 2009. It’s only a matter of time before things come together and we find ourselves once again supporting the best college hockey team in the country.

There’s still hope for this season and there’s no way in hell I’m giving up on them yet. I’ll be up again until 4am on Friday to watch us beat Merrimack. I’ll still wear my hockey shirt every weekend to weird looks from the Madrileñas on the street. I’m still proud to BU. But there will be no Beanpot this year.

And that’s definitely going to take awhile to get over.

See you the first Monday of next February.

And as always…Go BU!

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