The Beanpot Tournament reaches its conclusion Monday night when the Boston College Eagles and Northeastern Huskies face off.
When: Monday, Feb. 11th, at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston
Listen: Radio Stations Listed on Beanpot Website
Four schools face off to determine who has supremacy on the ice in the city of Boston. The Beanpot has a very rich tradition, dating back to 1952. This year, the Harvard Crimson and Boston Terriers were felled in the semifinals, leaving only BC and Northeastern.
This would be a huge win for Northeastern. The Huskies' four Beanpot titles are the fewest among the four participants. The Eagles have quadrupled that output and will be looking for their 18th title.
There are plenty of very good players for both schools. In a game like this, it's important for the star players to make their presence felt. Here are three players who will likely play the biggest roles for their respective teams.
Kevin Roy, Northeastern
Simply put, Kevin Roy is far and away the Huskies' best offensive threat. His 15 goals are first on the team, and his 30 points are 10 higher than Vinny Saponari in second place.
Roy's talent was enough for the Anaheim Ducks to draft him with the 97th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
It was his hat trick against Boston that propelled Northeastern into the Beanpot final. If Roy is as unplayable again, Boston College will have an extremely hard time stopping him.
Chris Rawlings, Northeastern
Chris Rawlings is one of the more experienced players on the Huskies. Although his career record is under .500, the senior has been extremely good at times, but consistency has always been a bit of an issue.
He has a .912 save percentage and a 2.82 goals-against average. Boston College will be coming hard at the Huskies. Rawlings will need to stand on his head at times to keep the Eagles out of the goal.
Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College
If the Eagles are going to spark something on the offensive end of the ice, it could very well come from Johnny Gaudreau. The sophomore is second on the team in goals and first in assists, with 13 and 20, respectively.
He was drafted with the 104th overall pick by the Calgary Flames in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Gaudreau already has plenty of experience in the Beanpot. He was named tournament MVP during Boston College's Beanpot Tournament title run last year.