Boston College defeats Harvard, 4-1

Usually, a consolation game is a dreaded endeavor suffered through by players, coaches, and fans.

But the Beanpot Tournament consolation between No. 1-ranked Boston College and No. 10 Harvard University at the FleetCenter Monday night is an exception. As far as BC coach Jerry York and Harvard mentor Ted Donato are concerned, this one really counts.

"It's not a consolation when Harvard and BC play because it's a big game in the NCAA selection process," said York yesterda...

Given that both Boston College and Harvard are in contention for at-large NCAA Tournament bids and are fighting for an edge in the Ratings Percentage Index, yesterday's matchup in the Beanpot consolation game was hardly a meaningless exhibition.

The Crimson, who had defeated the Eagles earlier this year, lost their sixth straight consolation game, 4-1, despite finding some jump in their skates in the third period, when they recorded 14 of their 24 shots.

"I don't alw...

With its 2-1 win last night, Boston University toppled the top club in college hockey, snapped Boston College's 14-game unbeaten streak, avenged back-to-back losses to the Eagles last month, and gained revenge for BC's overtime win in last year's Beanpot championship match.

Most important, BU (16-10-2) advanced to this year's championship game, which will take place next Monday against Northeastern, for the 11th straight season and the 21st time in the last 22 years. Be...

Boston College coach Jerry York recalls what it was like to play in the Beanpot's consolation game as a former player, and it's not a happy memory.

However, when York played at BC, the Ratings Percentage Index had not been invented and the route to the postseason involved winning the ECAC crown. These days the NCAA considers variables such as strength of schedule and wins against quality opponents when determining at-large postseason bids, which is why last night's cons...