Wrapping Up the Beanpot
On Monday night, the 2017 Beanpot was decided at TD Garden in Boston with #3 Harvard facing off against #4 Boston University in the tournament's championship game. Earlier in the day, Northeastern defeated #11 Boston College 4-2 in the third place game, with goals coming from Matt Filipe (CAR – 2), Dylan Sikura (CHI) and Adam Gaudette (VAN) for the Huskies, and David Cotton (CAR) and Colin White (OTT) for the Eagles.
The main event later that night was a much more lopsided contest then anyone expected. Harvard, who has been terrific this season, outshot BU 46-17 and skated to a 6-3 victory. For the Crimson, it was their first Beanpot title since 1993, and their 11th overall. Freshmen played a huge part for Harvard, as Nathan Krusko scored twice and added an assist, and superstar freshman blueliner Adam Fox (CGY) also added a goal and an assist. Ryan Donato (BOS), Luke Esposito and Alexander Kerfoot (NJD) chipped in the other goals for the Crimson. BU actually had a 2-1 lead halfway through the game with Kieffer Bellows (NYI) and Clayton Keller (ARI) scoring in the first five minutes of the second period. However, four unanswered Harvard goals put the nail in the Terriers coffin. Keller added a second marker late in the third before Fox's empty netter sealed the deal.
One storyline that hasn't been talked about enough here is just how good Adam Fox has been as a freshman this season. He is third among college hockey defensemen with 28 points (3G, 25A), but leads in both assists-per-game (1.04) and points-per-game (1.17). There are only four college hockey freshman who have posted over 20 points this season, and all of them have played upwards on 30 games to Fox's 24.