Boston University defeats Boston College, 5-3

Tradition means everything in the Beanpot Hockey Tournament.

So it might be expected that the 50th anniversary event will follow the pattern of a Boston University-Harvard final, as in Beanpots Nos. 1 and 25.

Current form, though, favors a change.

Northeastern and Harvard appear to be moving in different directions as they prepare to meet in today's Beanpot opener at the FleetCenter. The Huskies (14-10-3) are 6-2-1 in 2002, and Harvard (9-8-3) has lost two in success...

In last night's opening-round Beanpot game against Boston College, Boston University junior right wing John Sabo felt strong right from the start. His legs just seemed to have a burst in them.

"I could feel it in my legs right from the first time I was on the ice," said Sabo. "I hit someone right away and I felt real good, on my very first shift. I knew I wanted to get out there and go with the puck the best I could, and I don't always have that feeling all the time."

Back in December 1952, the hockey teams of Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, and Northeastern played in a two-day tournament at Boston Arena.

It was called the New England Invitation Hockey Tournament and its first champion was Harvard, which defeated Boston University, 7-4, in the title game before 3,832 fans. The next year the tournament was moved to Boston Garden and just 711 fans watched the first-round games in January. Soon after that, the New England In...