Beanpot a family affair for BU’s Shane Lachance

Boston University freshman left wing Shane Lachance is a 3rd era Terrier.

Lachance will try to develop into the third member of the family to hoist the Beanpot Trophy when the No. 3-ranked Terriers (19-7-1) have interaction the defending champion Northeastern Huskies (12-12-2) within the 71st title recreation on Monday night time (7:30) at TD Garden. No. 1-ranked Boston College (20-5-1) will play Harvard (4-14-4) within the Consolation recreation at 4:30 p.m.

Lachance’s father, Scott, received a Beanpot at BU in 1991 earlier than embarking on a 13-year NHL profession. Lachance’s maternal grandfather is known former BU coach Jack Parker, a reputation synonymous with success within the Beanpot.

Parker was 3-for-3 as a participant below Jack Kelley and received 21 because the Terriers’ head coach that included a report six straight from 1995 to 2000. The institute of upper studying on the decrease finish of Commonwealth Ave. turned often known as “Beanpot University” on Parker’s watch.

“Obviously it (Beanpot) has been drilled into me a lot and that’s why you come to this school,” mentioned Lachance following a spirited however temporary apply on Sunday at Agganis Arena. “You come to BU to win a Beanpot and win a nationwide championship and that is one step in direction of that.

“Once you get here everybody knows how amplified it is. It is one of those things where we are going to come together as a group. We play for each other and play for the seniors and hopefully we will come out on the right side.”

The 6-5, 218-pound Lachance is from Andover and has been coming to the Beanpot since he was in grammar faculty. The Edmonton Oilers draft decide made his Beanpot debut within the Terriers’ 4-3 victory over Boston College within the nightcap on Feb. 5 on the Garden.

Lachance performs on the road with graduate middle Sam Stevens and sophomore proper wing Devin Kaplan. He has performed in 27 video games and has 9 targets and 7 assists with a plus six.

“I grew up going to a lot of Beanpots and now it is time to take care of business,” mentioned Lachance. “Winning the Beanpot would imply the world to me, rising up being bombarded with BU historical past.

“All I wanted to do was accomplish those things since I was little and the Beanpot is one of them. It would mean the world to me.”

While Lachance was immersed in Beanpot tradition at a young age, his teammate, second line sophomore middle Ryan Greene, picked up on it rapidly upon arrival at BU. Greene, a Chicago Blackhawks draft decide, is from Paradise within the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador and developed his hockey abilities with Green Bay of the USHL.

Greene’s first Beanpot expertise was a 3-1 loss to Northeastern within the 2023 opener. That unhealthy expertise was exacerbated by a 4-2 loss to rival BC within the comfort recreation. It was the primary time within the historical past of the match that BC and BU met within the comfort recreation.

“It is exciting and this is our first chance to win a trophy together,” mentioned Greene. “This is my first time enjoying within the Beanpot last and I’m fairly excited.

“I truthfully didn’t know a lot in regards to the Beanpot till I got here right here being from Canada, however it’s the largest factor. It could be superior to win the Beanpot and that is when it will get enjoyable down the stretch.

“Playing for the Beanpot, the Hockey East and NCAA tournaments, those are the important games you want to win. This is what we have been preparing for all year.”

BU has been the dominant program within the Beanpot. The Terriers are showing within the last for the 56th time and have received a report 31 championships.

While Northeastern takes up the rear with eight Beanpot titles since 1952, the Huskies have loved a mini-dynasty having received 4 of the final 5.

NU was anticipated to repeat in 2021 when the match was cancelled as a result of pandemic. BU broke the Huskies’ streak by profitable the Beanpot in 2022.

NU is the most well liked crew in Hockey East and enters the Beanpot title tilt driving a five-game win streak. NU knocked off BU 4-3 in additional time on Jan. 30 and beat No. 6 Maine 6-3 on Feb. 2.

“It definitely helps having experienced it and I have played with a lot of great leaders and captains throughout the years,” mentioned NU senior left wing Gunnarwolfe Fontaine, who scored the additional time recreation winner towards Harvard within the Beanpot opener.

“Having played in the Beanpot and playing in those high stakes moments, you feel more poised in these moments when you get older and have been through in. You have a greater appreciation for winning the thing when you lost it before. My freshman year, we came up short. It gets you going a little more.”