ESPN Thought Northwestern Played in the Beanpot Instead of Northeastern

Talk about pouring salt on the wound.

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For the 28th consecutive year, Northeastern won’t win the Beanpot. But they’re still a part of the tournament, contrary to what ESPN may think.

During a Beanpot recap segment on SportsCenter Monday night, a graphic that was supposed to depict the logos for all four schools—Boston University, Boston College, Harvard, and Northeastern—appeared on the screen behind anchors Scott Van Pelt and John Buccigross. The problem is, the Huskies’ emblem was subbed out for Northwestern’s.

Northeastern has only captured four Beanpot championships in the tournament’s 64-year history, but it’s downright cruel to just forget the Huskies all together. Entering Monday, Northeastern (9-13-4) was the only unranked team playing in the tourney.

BU (15-7-4) defeated Northeastern 3-1 at TD Garden to set up yet another championship meeting with rival BC. The Eagles beat Harvard 3-2 in the first game, ensuring the Crimson’s Beanpot drought will continue for the 23rd straight year. BC or BU has won the Beanpot every year since 1993.

Robbie Baillargeon and Charlie McAvoy scored first-period goals for the defending champion Terriers, which propelled them to victory. BU has advanced to a whopping 51 Beanpot finals and won it on 20 occasions. BC is seeking its 20th title in school history.

This is the strongest field in Beanpot history, with BC (No. 4), Harvard (No. 7), and BU (No. 9) all ranked in the top 10. The winner of the Beanpot has gone on to capture the NCAA title 10 times.

The Terriers came awfully close last year to being the 11th team, but they fell to the Providence Friars 4-3 in the NCAA Championship last April when goalie Matt O’Connor dropped the game-tying goal in the third period. They’re hoping for better luck this season, but at the least, they can take solace in the fact that the most powerful sports network in the world still recognizes their existence.