BC women complete Eagles sweep of D1 hockey Beanpots

A night after the BC men defeated BU 1-0 in overtime at the TD Garden, the women defeated Northeastern 7-0 for the Beanpot title at Walter Brown Arena. One more Beanpot hockey title is up for grabs with the BC men’s club (ACHA) team in the final versus Northeastern on Wednesday, February 17, at Matthews Arena.

Prior to the game, Harvard alum Angela Ruggiero and Northeastern alum Tina Cardinale Beauchemin were honored as new inductees in the Beanpot Hall of Fame. BC’s Maggie Taverna and BU’s Gina Kearns McLaughlin were honored the prior week.

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  1. Looks Great ! Can someone please explain to me the concept of the host team and why we need this. BC is never the host team in Worcester (usually Holy Cross is) or Manchester (UNH always is) and it seems like it mucks up the brackets more than it helps them. Go Eagles !!

    • Schools bid for it. As far as I know, it can’t be a campus site, and there are capacity requirements. Portland would be a great place to host a regional (its a much cooler city than Manchester), but the arena there doesn’t meet the capacity requirement. Dartmouth could bid for the Manchester one theoretically, i don’t know if they do. As far as I know, there aren’t any non-campus hockey arenas other than the Garden in Boston, and that’s big enough to meet the capacity requirement. And the Garden is more a venue for the Frozen Four, not a regional. There also may be some sort of either restriction, or at least a gentleman’s agreement, on a team trying to host in a city where there is already a D1 school (like Worcester).

        • No they can’t, at least not anymore. A Worcester city ordinance prohibits any school other than Holy Cross from hosting a regional at DCU Center.

      • There is no way to sell enough tickets to the TD Garden with less than 5 days of knowing who will be playing there. Also, the Garden is a money maker. No sense having 8,000 empty seats for two straight nights and no ability to sell beer for two straight nights.

    • The host school is awarded based on the NCAA reviewing all of the applications. Schools apply for the right to host the NCAA regional rounds, the same way cities apply for the right to host the Frozen Four with the association of a school. Anaheim’s Frozen Four was brought to us by one of the Alaska schools, Tampa by Alabama-Huntsville and Washington DC by the Naval Academy.

      The host school secures the rights to the arena for the event. The host school guarantees ticket blocks for schools and general public. The host school guarantees hotel rooms for the athletes, coaches and a number of ticket holders per team. The host school works with the arena to remove all non-NCAA advertising (to include professional team logos) and install NCAA banners, logos etc. The host school sets up local events associated with the hockey games.

      Successful bidders generally get preferential treatment on future bids. The size of the arena is important as it needs to be large enough if two or three “large” fan base teams are in the regional, but small enough to not look empty on television if there are three “small” fan base teams. Hockey East fans will act like a “small” fan base team from Ohio west and “large” in New England as an example. This is also why Hockey East/ECAC teams stay east and why UND/Minnesota get sent to Xcel whenever possible.

      The final goal is to prevent intraconference matchups in the first round but to set them up as possible for the second round. That makes for good attendance.

  2. Why do you keep moving the team Minnesota is suppose to play and swap them with a higher ranked team, and now its a team that probably pretty upset that embarrased them in Jan and led to their downward spiral.

  3. I don’t agree with moving Alaska to the Northeast and bringing Notre Dame to the West. It not only places a burden on Alaska to travel all the way to New Hampshire, but also ruins a great rivalry matchup between Notre Dame and Boston College.

    • As a Gopher fan, I agree with your sentiment, but not the reasoning. For Alaska, they’d have to fly no matter what, so a slightly longer flight doesn’t really burden them that much I don’t think. The ultimate factor in moving Notre Dame is money/attendance, and they would draw much better in Grand Rapids than Manchester. It won’t matter where Alaska ends up because they won’t be a big draw anywhere. Plus, Notre Dame-Minn is still a pretty decent matchup given the big name programs, so losing ND-BC isn’t such a big deal.

      I’d rather us play Alaska for a variety of reasons (long travel, less experience in the tournament, and they *might* not have the extra motivation that Notre Dame has), but since Alaska and Notre Dame are tied in the PWR (as of Wed night), the NCAA can easily switch them and increase attendance in Grand Rapids. At the same time, if we played Alaska, I can pretty much guarantee they would have the backing of all the WMU and Mankato fans in attendance, so it might not matter in terms of fan support. Obviously this all will likely change significantly in the next five weeks, so we’ll see what happens!

  4. Boston College almost NEVER has to travel outside of New England for whatever regional they’re playing in, they’ve been the recipient of countless “close-to-home” games in the tourney over the last decade. I’ve been hard-pressed to find a team that’s gotten to play as many regionals that is a short road trip away as they have, other than Minnesota perhaps. (Honestly though, the whole host team thing is stupid. Wisconsin got in with a losing record and got to play at home b/c they hosted a regional. Just ridiculous.)

    • In 2011, BC had to play in West Regional in St. Louis because, even though they were a #1 seed, they had to be moved because UNH, a #4 seed and a host of a regional, could not be matched up vs. BC. Since 3 out of the 4 #1 regional seeds were Eastern teams, BC was the “odd team out” and had to travel.

      The regionals should be hosted by conferences, not individual schools, to avoid this problem.

    • As a BU alum, I would disagree with your assessment of BC. BC has typically been one of the four highest seeds in the country over the past 14 years. I would prefer that this was BU’s recent history, but it is not. Since BC has been the best Hockey East team over this period, it makes sense that they get a number one seed. Number one seeds are supposed to stay close to home BECAUSE of their regular season results.

      I would say that it is worse to have number one seeds head far away because some four seed is a host school (looking at you, UNH) but the solution is to be a host school or have the league be the host school.

      • They’ve been pretty split between being a #1 seed and a #2/3 seed since the tourney expanded to 16. Either way, this has been some favorable location. Only once in 9 appearances have they had to travel more than 60 miles to a regional site:

        2012 – B.C. #1 seed – Worcester
        2011 – B.C. #1 seed – St. Louis
        2010 – B.C. #1 seed – Worcester
        2008 – B.C. #2 seed – Worcester
        2007 – B.C. #2 seed – Manchester
        2006 – B.C. #3 seed – Worcester
        2005 – B.C. #1 seed – Worcester
        2004 – B.C. #1 seed – Manchester
        2003 – B.C. #2 seed – Providence

        As a #1 seed, yes they should be close to home. But also pointing out when they haven’t been a #1 seed, they’ve all been close to home as well.

  5. Would love to see BU/QU game in first round. Welcome to the tournament kids…now go play a team who’s been here a few times and probably won’t be scared of a team that got the #1 ranking by playing in the ECAC.

    • Having watched far too many terrible games by my Terriers, my only hope for them IF they make the tournament is their history this season. They play to the level of their competition, playing well against BC and UNH, while getting crushed by Northeast and Harvard.

      I am sure Quinnipiac would not mind playing against a BU team that struggles with team defense and long period of mental lapses.

    • I would not discount the ECAC. Last year UNION was a #1 regional seed and proved themselves very deserving making it to the final four and was almost joined by Cornell, who missed being there as well by 1 goal.

  6. You keep mentioning Attendance, attendance, attendance. Why doesn’t the NCAA learn to hold regional events in areas that are supported by the sport. Is it because they receive money to have the event there? Maybe they should pick 8 regular sites, 4 out East and 4 in the mid west, just rotate 2 and 2 every other year. Also, It was great to see all the league teams separated in different regions back in 05. 4 teams from the same conference wound up the Frozen 4. Nice to see which conference is the strongest. I just hate seeing 2 of the top teams from the same conference in the same regional, only 1 can go to the frozen 4.

  7. want attendance…put rivalries in the same bracket, specifically Miami and WMU in Toledo gets the Detroit base of WMU and the Ohio base of Miami and hopefully get a regional championship between these two, that will sell out the Huntington center all weekend Miami vs Dartmouth does nothing

  8. want attendance…play best of 3 series at the higher seeds home rink until the frozen four…then just have the frozen four swap between Minneapolis and Boston every other year. then maybe you could get some full rinks.

    • They want attendance AND exposure. Its supposed to be a showcase event as much as it is hockey games. Plus, not everyone has the arenas to support that.

    • All of the ones ranked 12t in the Pairwise. BU is the first team out if a team outside the top 16 Pairwise wins it tournament. Since AHA is represented by Niagara at 11th, all tournaments have to go chalk for BU to keep the 16 seed.

      UMass-Lowell is 17th, Nebraska-Omaha is 18th.

      However, having seen Jayson’s bracketology for many years, experience tells us that 1-2 bracket busters will win an autobid.

  9. I dont agree with alaska being higher ranked than OSU or FSU. Less wins, more goals against, less goals for, less points, makes no sense. Both OSU and FSU Split with Alaska.

  10. Next week should be fun resolving all of the teams tied for sixteenth in the pairwise. Also the bubble is pretty big right now.

  11. This guy must work for the actual selection committee, the way it looks as if he makes BC’s path as easy as he can within the “rules”

  12. At the rate the ECAC teams keep knocking each other off …. I am not sure , beside Quinnipiac, you have the right teams. Will it be Yale and Dartmouth or some combination of RPI, UNION and St.Lawrence?

  13. I generally am a fan of PWR, and I am not complaining this season as my team BU despite playing atrocious hockey for large chunks somehow barely squeezes in.

    That said, I have a question about Merrimack. Can Merrimack get itself to a place where they could get an At Large and what would be the likeliest way if possible?

    Is the only way FIRST PLACE MERRIMACK can make the NCAA is by winning HE tourney because of lousy but not that much worse than BU play against Non Conference foes? If so, I think there is something that needs to be tweaked. I am NOT suggesting that they tweak things in reaction to one team when it is after the fact, anyhow, this is just the most glaring omission of a Hockey East team I have seen in years. I do not know but it seems there are too many teams between Merrimack and that 14 slot which is probably where they would need to get minimum to have a shot at an AT LARGE bid.

    If they win HE Reg Season and then get knocked out in the qtrs, semis, or finals of HE tourney — Even though they are not my team I do not know how it works out that they don’t finish ahead of enough TUCs to make an NCAA tourney when they will be in front of Defending National Champs BC, UNH, & the Terriers.

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