Women’s Hockey: Not the Beanpot you Know

By: Max Wolpoff

Beanpot: n. 1. An annual contest played between schools in and around the city of Boston to determine bragging rights and local supremacy.

1952 saw the Men’s tournment start at Boston Arena where Harvard defeated Boston University 7-4 the day after Boxing Day. Though around for 26 fewer years, the Women’s Beanpot has seen two schoold dominate the tournament over it’s 38-year history: Harvard (14 titles) and Northeastern (16 titles).

Unlike the Men’s tournament which is now played at TD Garden filled with sections cheering for all four teams and tickets sold to for both games on that night, the Women’s tournament is shuffled around between the four competing schools. The last time Walter Brown held the event was in 2012, in which BU made the finals only to lose to Northeastern in overtime.

This will be BU’s 36th time in the tourney after not participating in 1993 and 1994. Brown took it’s place and won the Beanpot in ’93, but the tournament featured a double-elimination first round the next year as only three teams took part. Northeastern and Harvard both defeated Boston College in the first round and the Huskies won their 11th Beanpot.

The lone Beanpot win for the Terriers came in 1981, winning 4-0 against Northeastern in the first round and besting BC in the championship by the same score.

One particulary embarrasing record held by BU is “Most goals allowed in one game” (24) to their Boston neighbors in the 1995 tournament. Amazingly, Harvard than defeated the Huskies in the finals 3-2.

The Terriers hold a 1-4 record in their five finals apperances. Northeastern holds the best, 16-9, Harvard is an even 14-14, and BC comes in third at 5-10 in the championship match.

OVERALL RECORDS (W-L-OTL/T)

BU: 14-51-2

Northeastern: 48-26-1

Harvard: 47-27

BC: 32-38-1

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