Monday, February 2, 2009


A Boston College hockey tradition is underway. The 2009 Beanpot tournament featuring Northeastern, Harvard, Boston College & Boston University is underway for college hockey bragging rights in the Boston area.

The two semi final matchups were played today.

The first semi final saw former Express Brandon Yip's Boston University take on Harvard.

Harvard got off to a good start by opening up a 2-0 lead. But BU stormed back to even the score heading to the third period. BU then took the lead in the third before Harvard tied it on a goal by Pier Olivier Michaud with 5:27 left in the third.

But with 1:46 left in the third Boston University broke the deadlock on a goal by Jason Lawerence.

Fourth year forward and Express alum Brandon Yip had 1 assist in the win.

BU will be seeking their 29th Beanpot championship.

Brandon Yip will see a familiar face in the championship game in former Express teammate Tyler McNeely. They played together back when the Express were based out of Coquitlam in 04-05.

McNeely's Northeastern squad prevailed in their semi final matchup 6-1 over Brock Bradford's defending National Champion Boston College Eagles.

The two teams traded goals in the first 11 minutes of the contest. Then the 3rd ranked Northeastern Huskies exploded for 3 goals in a span of 6:23 on goals by Louis Liotti, Dennis McCauley and Steve Quailer in the second period.

NE rounded out the scoring on a goal by Chris Donovan in the third. The goal for Donovan completed his big night as he also had 3 assists.

Former Merritt Centennial Brad Thiessen was outstanding between the pipes turning aside 45 of 46 Boston College shots. Including all 38 shots he faced in the final 2 periods.

Former Express captain Tyler McNeely didn't register a point.

Northeastern will be seeking their 5th Beanpot title and first since 1988.

The championship game will be played on Monday February 9th.

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