Northeastern defeats Harvard, 5-2

Mike Ryan took four shots on the Harvard goal last night.

Three resulted in goals, as he paced Northeastern to a 5-2 victory over Harvard in the opening game of the 50th Beanpot at the FleetCenter.

Ryan, the pride of Milton, where he practiced under many tutors, including friendly neighbor Joe Graney, was the picture of humility after his feat.
"I'm not really sure how it feels just yet," Ryan said. "It hasn't sunk in. I'm sure it will real soon."

"I did hope to com...

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...

Maybe it will be a little easier for Bruce Crowder when he walks around the Northeastern campus this week. His Huskies rode a hot stick and a hotter goalie into the 50th Beanpot championship game with a 5-2 victory over Harvard at the FleetCenter last night.

"Everybody from professors to the guys in the cafeteria like to give you jabs about the Beanpot," said the Northeastern coach.

With good reason. Northeastern is the Rodney Dangerfield of this tournament, having w...

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...