Monday, February 14, 2011

Beanpot 2011: No Dogs Allowed

First the BU Rat Dogs, now it’s the Northeastern Husky Dogs.  If BC wants to take the ‘Pot home again, it’s going to have to cut through the dog pound.  The Eagles are a heavy favorite coming into the game tonight.  Anyone who says otherwise is a crazy person.  Still, I think Northeastern is more dangerous than they might look at first glance.

The obvious first point is Rawlings.  The Northeastern goaltender has continued the tradition of excellence in net for the Huskies.  Don’t be fooled by the less than inspiring .500 record (9-9-6).  Chris Rawlings is one of the best goaltenders in the conference.  He’s sitting at 2nd and 3rd in Save Percentage and Goals Against Average respectively.  Northeastern is not the most dangerous team, but if Rawlings stands on his head, the Eagles could face an uphill climb for the ‘Pot.

I don’t take too much from the first meeting of these teams as it was the first game of the season.  To think a game that early is indicative of much, seems na├»ve.  That said, it’s not as though the Eagles exactly lit up the Huskies.  They won 2-0 with an empty netter and the only real goal came from a snipe by Steve Whitney.

It has been 23 years since Northeastern has taken the Beanpot back to
Huntington Ave.
  There seems to be a strange buzz circling them this year.  The Huskies’ head coach Greg Cronin likes to do some jawing so take this with a grain of salt, but when speaking about the magnitude of the Beanpot, the coach said “They would have to get both the NUPD and the Boston police on our campus if we won.”  Hopefully that won’t be an issue.

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