For anyone that is new to Boston College athletics, we take our sports very seriously, even our intramurals.*
This Monday’s Beanpot game at TD Garden in Boston against Harvard (5-14-1) should be no different. One ever-important tradition of the Beanpot is for Boston College students to “Pack the T,” or completely fill the MBTA’s Green Line subway cars.
Conveniently located at the end of the Green Line, BC can easily stuff the trains full so that none of the BU “students” at their Green Line stop or the Harvard scholars at their Red Line crossover at Park Street can fit on and make it to the game in time. Since BU plays Northeastern earlier in the day, it will be the pupils of “Hahvahd” that suffer the wrath of BC students, waving from one full Green Line trolley after another.
Last year’s recipient of the Beanpot’s Most Valuable Player Award, Boston College sophomore Johnny Gaudreau, will be the player to watch in this year’s tournament. After having snapped a pointless streak of two weeks in Friday’s victory over the Vermont Catamounts, the floodgates may have opened for the fourth round draft pick of the Calgary Flames.
Skating on a line with senior Captain Pat Mullane and fellow sophomore Danny Linell against Vermont, Gaudreau seemed to show more jump in his game, and was able to pick up an assist as well in BC’s 4-1 win. His finishing ability seemed to have returned, and the entire team’s capacity to get pucks through to the net seemed to have drastically improved.
The Eagles (15-7-2) simplified their approach against Vermont instead of trying to make the prettier play, which they had been guilty of doing for the past month.
Harvard, however, has a young forward sensation of their own: freshman Jimmy Vesey. Vesey, who leads the Crimson with 10-4-14 totals, played on the same line as Gaudreau in the 2013 World Junior Championships, in which the USA won gold. Vesey and the Crimson have not looked too sharp of late though, losers of seven straight and 12 of their last 13.
Hopefully, history will repeat itself for the Eagles, who have defeated Harvard University the last nine times the two teams have met in the tournament.
*Especially our intramurals.