Even the friendliest of rivalries have a tinge of animosity and vitriol mixed in. Boston College and Boston University will clash on Monday night in another Beanpot final that is sure to be an instant classic.
Loyalties will be strained once again as two schools that are forever intertwined by geography and Beanpot legacy come together in another final at 7:30 ET, February 13th.
It's almost fitting that Valentine's Day would follow such a clash. Hopefully some love can be restored once this Beanpot clash gets settled.
Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern came together last week to play a mini-tournament known as the Beanpot, which started as a means to group these fine institutions together socially.
It all began on Dec. 26, 1952 at the old Boston Arena and continues today at TD Garden where tonight's final will commence.
The Boston College Eagles and Boston University Terriers will suit up shortly for the 21st Beanpot final, making it a consistent rivalry that divides the area down the middle when it comes to their amateur hockey.
Northeastern was demolished last week 7-1 by Boston College in the opening round of the two-week tournament that is played on the first two Mondays in February.
Northeastern coach Jim Madigan told reporters that BC was a tough team to beat after a demoralizing loss last week (Via ESPN).
It was like boys against men. It's hard to come back after a slow start, not so much because of this tournament but against that team.
They're a very good team. They put a lot of pressure on you. They're coming all the time, regardless of if you're on the power play or you're a man down, five-on-five, the offensive zone, the defensive zone, the neutral zone. They're just coming.
This will be no cakewalk with a hungry Boston University team gunning for the Eagles. This is a classic tournament that will once again feature the two most polarizing sports programs in the area.
With both teams filled to the brim with depth and talent, I expect a hard-hitting battle in which both teams' ability to deal with the pressure comes to the forefront. It's all about poise in a great rivalry that will see one more epic chapter unfold.