Beanpot 2013: Players to Watch and Prediction for Championship Tilt

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Beanpot 2013: Players to Watch and Prediction for Championship Tilt
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The Beanpot tournament is a tradition unlike any other in college hockey. 

Boston is the hub of college hockey and the Beanpot tournament crowns the best team from the area every year. The 61st Beanpot Championship game is set for Feb. 11 with Boston College taking on Northeastern for ultimate bragging rights.

Boston College stamped its ticket to the final game with a 4-1 victory over Harvard and will be making a run at its 17th Beanpot title. Northeastern holds the least Beanpot titles with four but will make a rare appearance in the title game after beating powerhouse Boston University 3-2 in the first round. 

Here are the players the to watch and what to expect when the Eagles and Huskies determine the 2013 Beanpot championship. 

 

Kevin Roy, Northeastern

Boston College will be a big favorite coming into the championship game, but Boston University was a big favorite against Northeastern, too. It didn't bother dynamic freshman Kevin Roy. 

Roy was a huge reason why the Huskies upset the Terriers. He scored all three goals in the team's 3-2 victory and was a presence throughout, scoring a goal in each period. 

The Huskies will be up against the odds once again versus the Eagles. Roy will need to have another incredible performance if Northeastern is going to pull off the upset. 

 

Steven Whitney, Boston College

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The Eagles are a deep team, so its difficult to pick out just one player, but Whitney has to be the one to watch. 

The senior forward leads the team in scoring this season with 17 goals and has 12 assists to boot.

He's found success against Northeastern in the past, too. In 2012, he crushed the Huskies with two shorthanded goals to lead the Terriers to the victory.

 

Prediction

 BC is one of the elite hockey teams in all of the country and the winners of three-straight Beanpot tournaments. If Northeastern is going to put an end to that and win its first Beanpot title since 1988, it will need a crazy good performance from Roy.

Can he pull off another three-goal performance like he did against Boston U? Possibly.

Is it likely? No.

The Eagles lost to Northeastern at the beginning of this season, but that loss was avenged with a 9-3 victory for BC in January. This one should be closer than that, but it's unlikely that the Huskies can pull off another upset.

BC 4, Northeastern 2 

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