From the FreeP: BU brings big-game experience into Beanpot opener

By Scott McLaughlin/DFP Staff

The Boston University men’s hockey team owns the Beanpot Tournament.

Well, not literally, of course. But figuratively, yes. Just look at the stats.

The Terriers have won 29 of the 57 Beanpots, including last year’s. They’ve won 12 of the last 15 titles and 15 of the last 20. They’ve reached the title game in 26 of the last 28 years and 41 of the last 46. They haven’t finished last in 30 years. They’re 25-3 in the tournament since it moved to the TD Garden in 1995, and haven’t lost to anyone other than Boston College during that span.

“We’ve always had the key ingredients to win a short tournament,” BU coach Jack Parker said at Wednesday’s Beanpot Luncheon. “For the most part, we’ve always had real good goaltending and we’ve always been a pretty good defensive team. You can kind of bank on those two things in a short tournament. And we’ve been very, very lucky sometimes.

“The fact that we’ve won 29 is quite a statistic, but we’ve gotten to the final an awful lot, too. Sometimes, we were really not expected to win, but we did.”

All that bodes well for tonight, when BU (9-11-3) takes on Northeastern University (11-11-1) at 8 p.m. in the first round of this year’s tournament. The Terriers defeated the Huskies 5-2 in last year’s title game, but are 0-1 against them this season, suffering a 1-0 loss at Matthews Arena on Nov. 6.