February has arrived, which also means that is time for the annual Beanpot tournament. Before we approach the first two weeks of February, I will update you on the in between. I left off by explaining the upcoming battle between the two husky teams. On Wednesday, January 15th the pups hopped on the bus after classes, and we were off to Connecticut. After a great battle, we came out with a 3-1 victory over some fellow huskies. This was the start to a seven game winning streak.
With injuries playing a role in a rather short bench, we have grown closer as a team knowing that we have to play each and every shift for each other. We finished that week with more practices and recovery lifts to get ready for our big game against Boston University on Sunday. This game was a complete team effort from start to finish as we beat our Boston rival 4-2. What a game to be a part of. This just keeps our confidence up and our momentum strong.
Monday was MLK, but it also a nice day off from classes and practice. Classes started up again on Tuesday and so did our normal practice and lift schedule. We had a few days to prepare for our next Hockey East match up against UMAINE. Not only were these two important league games, but also on Friday we hosted our Skating Strides breast cancer game. Each year for this particular game we are given pink jerseys to wear. The men’s team plays with them as well, and when both games are over the jerseys are auctioned off online. This is a special event because leading up to the game we have the opportunity to sell paws. By selling paws I mean that for one dollar anyone can help donate to breast cancer awareness and research and we will write their names on a paw shaped piece of paper to be hung around the rink. The other reason this event is special is because each player can choose whether or not they would like to be playing for or in honor of somebody. If one chooses to do so, the person they wish to be playing for will be announced before the starting lineup. Some of the parents were able to make it out to this event, so that was exciting as well. The game was underway at Mathews Arena on Friday, January 24th. Both teams put up a battle, but senior Kelly Wallace scored the game winner to give the huskies a 4-3 overtime win against the Black Bears. It was a quick turn around before the pups had to be back at Mathews on Saturday for second match up against Maine. Another great game as the huskies defeat the Black Bears 8-2 for a weekend sweep.
Sunday was a much-needed day off. We were able to rest and rejuvenate for our game on Saturday against Vermont. The Catamounts came to play, but once again the huskies come out on top with a score of 4-2. This marks a five game winning streak as we head into the first round of the Beanpot tournament.
All of the Bostonians know the significance behind this particular event, but for those of you who are not aware, I will briefly explain. The Beanpot tournament is the first two weeks of February. The men’s games fall on the first two Mondays of February, while the women’s games fall on the first two Tuesdays. Northeastern University, Boston College, Boston University, and Harvard all battle to take the title each year. The men play at the TD Garden, but the women’s tournament is held at a different arena each year. This year Boston College was the host. The past two years, the pups and I have been fortunate enough to have won and been part of this amazing experience. Both years we were able to beat BU in the championship game. This year, we were matched up against Harvard as our first opponent on the first Tuesday. After we defeated Harvard 4-3 in the first round, we had one week to prepare for the championship game. In between Beanpot games, we had to re switch our focus to a regular season game. The pups boarded the bus on Saturday, February 8th and were off to Providence. The 3-1 win over the Friars expanded our winning streak to seven straight games. This was a huge momentum builder leading into Tuesday’s game. Sitting in class on the second Tuesday of the month was extremely difficult. Not only were we thinking about winning the title for the third year in the row, but we were also trying to keep our streak going. So many emotions up in the air, but both teams put up a fight. The Eagles ended up winning 3-0. Tough loss, but I have to say thank you to all of our fans who supported us from the beginning until the end. We have three regular season games left, including two games this weekend against UCONN. The next time I update y’all we will be in playoffs, so I am wishing all of the teams the best of luck the rest of the season!
Talk to you all soon!