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 consolation game between the Eagles and Harvard was much more significant than when York was a player.
"The RPI is so important for us," said York, whose Eagles reached third in the RPI with the 4-1 win over Harvard. "This game is significant because of Harvard's record. They're a team under consideration in the top 15 and quality of wins outside the conference are very, very important."
Forward Ned Havern, who scored BC's first goal, underscored the importance of the victory, even if it was accomplished without much fan support at the FleetCenter.
"We knew what was at stake," he said. "It was a huge game for us as well as for them."
After BU's 2-1 win over BC last week, Terriers coach Jack Parker said that a key to BU's Beanpot success is the midseason timing of the tournament.
Parker explained that he probably takes more time than his coaching counterparts to figure out his lines and defensive pairings. In fact, only one of the trios that skated together in the first-round win (John Laliberte-Brad Zancanaro-David Van der Gulik) were intact last night.
"Other coaches can get them straightened out right away," Parker said. "It takes me a little longer to get my team playing. It could be wrong players playing with others, wrong systems, wrong vibes, being too negative, too much coaching and not enough flow -- it's usually a mishmash of all that stuff. As we go along, the team becomes more thorough and more comfortable with the staff, especially with me."
Curry gets the call
While John Curry got the start -- and made 33 saves in the overtime win -- for BU last night after missing four straight games with a separated right shoulder, the decision was made more difficult because of the recent play of Stephan Siwiec. The junior, who relieved an injured Curry in the third period against Merrimack Jan. 27, made a career-high 36 saves in BU's win last Monday. Last Friday, Siwiec stopped 19 shots in BU's 4-2 victory over Providence. "When Curry comes back, hopefully the scenario will be that they'll have two goalies," Siwiec said last week. "He's proved that he's more than capable of playing at this level. But hopefully the coaches know they have two goalies to rely on, and that's what I'm trying to prove." . . . When Northeastern assistant coach Bruce Racine played in his first Beanpot for the Huskies in 1985, he backstopped his club to a 4-2 first-round win over BC. But two days after the win, Racine was in the hospital suffering from dehydration. After spending two days in bed, Racine was visited by then-NU coach Fernie Flaman, who asked the first-year goalie if he was ready for the championship match. Racine still didn't feel well at the time, but he assured his coach he'd be ready to play, and after several practices, he made 32 stops in Northeastern's 4-2 win over Boston University. "I'll never forget that," said Racine, who played 15 years of professional hockey after concluding his four-year Northeastern career. "Those were rough days and I wasn't feeling good. I lost weight, and being in the infirmary wasn't so much fun. But it worked out in the end."