BOSTON (AP) -- Defending NCAA champion Boston College its seeking a school-record fourth straight Beanpot crown.
Boston University (13-10-1) plays Northeastern (7-13-3) on Monday to open the first round of the 61st annual Beanpot, which matches the area's four Division I hockey programs annually on the first two Mondays in February. Boston College (15-7-2) faces Harvard (5-14-1) in the second game.
Another tourney title would give BC's senior class a perfect 8-0 mark in Beanpot play.
The Eagles have reached lofty standards in the NCAA hockey world, winning three of the last five NCAA championships to go along with their three consecutive Beanpot titles.
Boston University owns the most Beanpot crowns, winning 29 overall, 28 of those in the past 47 years.