New England Hockey Tradition Continues Monday with Beanpot Semifinals

New England Hockey Tradition Continues Monday with Beanpot Semifinals
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New England’s annual tradition kicks off in a few hours as the semifinals of the 71st Beanpot Men's College Hockey Tournament takes place at TD Garden in Boston.

In the first game, Harvard (4-13-3, 4-8-3 ECAC) will face off against defending champion Northeastern (11-12-2, 6-11 Hockey East) at 5 p.m. The nightcap features another rematch as two of the top teams in the nation, No. 1 Boston College (19-4-1, 12-3-1 Hockey East) and No. 3 Boston University (17-7-1, 12-4-1 Hockey East) square off at 8 p.m.

The winners will advance to the final at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 12, while the consolation game will take place at 4:30 p.m. (NESN).

The Beanpot is one of the few local college sports offered for Massachusetts sports betting. Although you can’t wager on in-state collegiate teams during the regular season, you can wager on them in a tournament format with a minimum of four teams. Sports betting launched in the state just ahead of last year’s tournament.

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BC-BU Nightcap

Boston College and Boston University will meet for the third time in 11 days on Monday as BC swept a home-and-home series as the NCAA's No. 2-ranked team vs. the then-No. 1 Terriers (Jan. 26-27). The Eagles enters tonight's matchup on a five-game win streak, their first five-game win streak heading into the Beanpot since 2014 when BC won its 19th Beanpot title.

Overall, the Eagles have won a remarkable 20 Beanpot titles (81-58-1 all-time), however they have not won since 2016. Last season, the Eagles suffered a 4-3 overtime loss to Harvard in the semifinals and bounced back with a third-place consolation 4-2 win against, you guessed it, BU.

At DraftKings Massachusetts this morning, Boston College is a -125 money line favorite over Boston University (-105). On the goal line, BC is -1.5 goals (+175), while BU is +1.5 goals (-230). The game's over/under goal total is 6.5 (-115).

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Harvard-Northeastern Happy Hour

The first semifinal matchup will be a rematch of last year’s championship game, where Northeastern claimed the Beanpot championship in a shootout win over Harvard. Northeastern has won six of its last 10 meetings with Harvard, outscoring it 36-21.

Harvard, which has lost three of its last four games, is coming off a 2-1 road loss at Quinnipiac on Feb. 2. Northeastern has won four straight and five of its last six games including a 6-3 home win over No. 6 Maine, also on Feb. 2.

Northeastern is a heavy -298 Massachusetts betting apps money line favorite over Harvard (+220). On the goal line, Northeastern is -1.5 goals (-120), while Harvard is +1.5 goals (-110). The game's over/under goal total is 5.5 (over -105, under -125).

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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