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Bruins Beanpot Notebook, Feb. 7

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- It’s the Battle of Boston Hockey. It’s Boston College vs. Boston University. It’s Northeastern vs. Harvard. It’s the 59th Annual Beanpot.

But for B's fans, this year there is an added element to the competition as three Boston Bruins amateur prospects will square off Monday and again on Feb. 14 in TD Garden.

The BC Eagles' Tommy Cross, the BU Terriers' David Warsofsky and the Harvard Crimson's Alex Fallstrom will each represent their schools and the Boston Bruins organization in the annual battle "for all the beans in Boston."

A Boston Tradition...
The Beanpot Tournament, which takes place annually on the first two Mondays in February at TD Garden, made its debut in the 1952-1953 season. 

The first annual Beanpot Tournament was played at Boston Arena, now known as Matthews Arena, formerly the home ice of the Boston Bruins and currently the home ice of the Northeastern University Huskies.  

Harvard took away the inaugural title with a 7-4 defeat of the Boston University Terriers in the Championship game. 

Since then Boston University has dominated the tournament, and has won half of the 58 titles given out. This year, Boston College will look to defend its 2010 title (15 titles) while Harvard (10 titles) and Northeastern University (four titles), will look to turn the tide and shift the domination away from Commonwealth Avenue.  

The tournament will kick off Monday at 5 p.m. when Fallstrom and the Crimson take on NU Captain Tyler McNeely and the Huskies. 

Cross and BC will take on Warsofsky and the BU Terriers in the 8 p.m. match-up. 

Bruins Prospects 
While both Cross and Warsofsky have each claimed titles in the annual tournament for Boston’s hockey bragging rights, Fallstrom is still looking for his first Beanpot Championship. 

Thus far this season, through 10 games with Harvard as a right-winger, the Stockholm, Sweden native has scored two goals after missing 10 games with an injury suffered on Nov. 13.

In his freshman campaign last season Fallstrom had 4-8-12 totals in 32 games.  

Fallstrom was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the fourth round (116th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and was traded to the Bruins on October 18, 2009 for forward Chuck Kobasew (a fomer BC Eagle). 

The Terriers' Warsofsky was drafted a year before Fallstrom by the St. Louis Blues in the fourth round (95th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. His rights were traded to Boston on June 26, 2010 for Vladimir Sobotka.

In 27 games with Boston University this season the 5’ 9” defenseman has a 7-12-19 line. 

In four career Beanpot games, Warsofsky has three points, including two shorthanded goals. 

Last year though, it was Cross and the BC Eagles that walked away with the Beanpot title. 

Cross was selected by the Boston Bruins in the second round (35th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. 

Through 14 games with Boston College this season, the 6’ 3” left handed defenseman has three goals and a single assist for four total points. 

The 59th Beanpot
The puck drops on the annual battle at 5 p.m. on Monday in the opening game between Northeastern University (8-11-6) and Harvard University (4-17-0).

The two teams met earlier this season on Jan. 19 at Matthews Arena.  Northeastern walked away with a 3-0 shutout in which Huskies goaltender Chris Rawlings recorded his sixth career shutout in his 50th start for the Huntington Hounds.

Huskies Head Coach Greg Cronin also picked up his 100th career win with the victory. 

Harvard, coached by Crimson alum and former Bruins forward Ted Donato, is 22-17 against Northeastern all-time in the Beanpot. The Huskies will fight to overcome that deficit as they look to return to the championship game after losing their first round match-up against Boston University, 2-1, last year. 

Harvard is also looking to return to the championship game after falling short last season. They were shutout 6-0 by the Eagles in last year’s first round match-up. 

The two teams squared off in the consolation game of last year’s tournament. Northeastern won the game 4-1, riding Captain Tyler McNeely’s two goals. 

The second game of the evening, beginning at approximately 8 p.m., pits Commonwealth Avenue rivals Boston College (19-6-0) and Boston University (13-7-7) against each other yet again. 

The two squads squared off in the championship game last year with Boston College coming away with the 4-3 victory and their 15th Beanpot Championship. 

The defending NCAA Champion Eagles will look to continue their recent Beanpot success against the streaking Terriers (the 2009 NCAA Champs) who haven’t lost in their last four contests. 

BU and BC faced each other on Jan. 21 in Boston University’s Agganis Arena in a game that was televised regionally on NESN.  

Despite Warsofsky’s second period goal, Cross and the Eagles bested the Terries 3-2. 

The Beanpot championship game, which will feature at least one Bruins prospect, will be played next Monday on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

---Hannah Becker
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