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, , , , , , . , Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 15, 2013 wll HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss Boston College scores. Up and down they skated for an entire evening and when it ended there was truly something historic to ponder. One team has cemented its position in regional col- lege hockey history while another saw its once lofty perch crumbling, its very foundation giving way to a new day on the hockey horizon. For in one evening in one building Boston College con- firmed its dominance over the domain while Boston University limped home, a shadow of its former Beanpot self. That's how the 61 st edition of the annual Beanpot Tour- nament played out on Cause- way Street on the second Monday in February as BC came away with an impres- sive 6-3 victory over a feisty Northeastern team to claim its fourth title in a row in the college hockey winter classic. Yet before those two teams even took to the ice for the championship game, one knew that there was a new day dawning in the Beanpot. Harvard had beaten once powerful Boston University -- a team that had ruled the tournament for decades -- in the consolation game, ban- ishing the once dominant Commonwealth Avenue pow- erhouse to a fourth place fin- ish for only the fifth time in the tournament's history. The 7-4 win was only Harvard's sixth victory on the season against 15 setbacks and a couple of ties but it spoke volumes about how things have changed for BU which exited the building with a 13-12-1 overall mark and will have its hands full in a effort to record a .500 fin- ish this season. Not only'that but looking from the ground up is start- ing to get familiar to the Terriers. It was only two years ago -- back in 2011 -- that BU also sank to fourth. The two bottom of the pile fin- ishes in a three-year span had happened before to BU but one has to go back liter- ally a half century to find comparable results -- to 1961 and 1963. That's before Jack Parker, now in his 40 th season behind the Terrier bench, assumed the reins at his alma mater, providing a novel experience for even the veteran mentor. By contrast, there was Bos- ton College, which, with its victory, had just seen its senior class accomplish a fantastic 8-0 run in the last four Beanpots, never tasting defeat and disappointment in the tournament. There were smiles all around, of course, and the post-game press conference seemed to last a bit longer than usual but nobody seemed to mind. BC coach Jerry York, al- ways finding new and re- freshing ways to talk about the Beanpot, this year cen- tered his comparison around the pro golf tour. He noted that early in the season that there's a series of weekly tournaments that are nice to win, just like it's fine to win early season games. But then comes the Masters, the first of the major events, the one that stands out from all the rest that have gone before. That's interesting, isn't it: Jerry York comparing the Beanpot to the Masters? He also said the Hockey East tournament was something like the British Open while the Frozen Four national championship could be com- pared to the U.S. Open, an- other national champion- ship. York's point, of course, is that while the regular sea- son is nice, coaches and play- ers really look forward to these key events as high- lights in the six-month col- lege hockey season, the long- est of any college sport. And consider Northeastern, a team long in hibernation in the Beanpot but aroused into activity these past few years, earning a berth in the championship game three out of the last five years. It means the Huskies have revitalized their program and are now knocking on the door. Yes, it is true that a championship has eluded Northeastern since 1988, but the way that NU has played these last few years one has the feeling that the era with- out a title may be on the verge of coming to a close. What Harvard coach Ted Donato said at the Beanpot luncheon -- you can throw out all the records when it Boston College celebrates their fourth consecutive Beanpot Tournament title defeating Northeastern 6-3. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) comes to the Beanpot -- proved to be correct. North- eastern, which had only won seven games prior to the tournament, wound up ad- vancing to the title game while Harvard, which had only won five, defeated BU (a team with a winning record) to claim third place. One also needs to note that the atmosphere in the build- ing on championship night was worthy of the title game. The capacity crowd was spir- ited, enthused and very much into the contest. It was a championship scene on a championship night and a powerful answer to some in the community who whisper that the Beanpot has lost some of its significance. Lastly, a tip of the Hoops and Hockey hat to the staff that put out this year's Beanpot program. If you can borrow a copy from a friend, we suggest you do that. It was very well done. Now it's onward to the Hockey East Tournament in March -- with fond memo- ries of this year's Beanpot providing a warm and reflec- tive afterglow. Pope Benedict XVI Resigns (Continued from Page 1) ply the desire to remain obedient to the word of God, whom he intends to con- tinue serving "through a life dedicated to prayer" and reflection. The last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415. Stepping down to pre- vent a civil war within the church, Gregory spent his remaining days in Ancona, Italy, dying two years after his resignation. Canon law states that a resignation must be made freely and properly manifested and that the pope resigning must be of sound mind. Father Lombardi also said there would be elections sometime in March and he anticipated that there would be a new pope before Easter. Accord- ing to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Pope Benedict will return to being known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger once he has stepped down as pope. He will be addressed as His Eminence or Cardinal Ratzinger. '.', ,' . . , While Pope Benedict won't be involved in the process of choosing the new pope, there is a very strong chance that his successor will share his strict, conservative tra- ditions given that he has appointed 67 of the 118 car- dinals who will make the decision. Benedict took over as pope in 2005 as the church was facing a number of issues, including declining popular- ity in parts of the world. Given his age at the time -- 78 -- he was widely seen as a care- taker pope, a bridge to the next generation following the long reign of John Paul II, a popular, globetrotting pontiff whose early youth and vigor gave way to such frailty in later years that he required assistance walking and was often hard to hear during pub- lic addresses. As an aide to John Paul, Benedict served as a strict enforcer of his conservative social doctrine. He contin- ued to espouse a conserva- tive doctrine after taking the office himself and he fre- quently warned of a "dicta- torship of relativism." Bene- dict also worked to advance religious freedom and re- duce friction among adher- ents of various faiths, said Bill Donohue of the U.S. Catholic League. "The pope made it clear that religious freedom was not only a God-given right, it was 'the path to peace,'" Donohue said. Benedict was born Joseph Ratzinger on April 16, 1927, in Marktl am Inn, Bavaria, a heavily Catholic region of Germany. He spent his ado- lescent years in Traunstein, near the Austrian border, during the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler. Ratzinger wrote in his memoirs that school officials enrolled him in the Hitler Youth movement against his will in 1941, when he was 14. He said he was allowed to leave the or- ganization because he was studying for the priesthood, but was drafted into the Army in 1943. He served with an anti-aircraft unit until he deserted in the waning days of WWII. After the war, he resumed his theological studies and was ordained in 1951. He received his doc- torate in theology two years later and taught dogma and theology at German univer- sities for several years. In 1962, he served as a consult- ant during the pivotal Vati- can II council to Cardinal Frings, a reformer who was the archbishop of Cologne, Germany. As a young priest, Ratzinger was on the pro- gressive side of theological debates, but began to shift right after the student revo- lutions of 1968. In his book Cardinal Ratzinger: The Vatican' s Enforcer of the Faith, author John J. Allen, Jr., wrote that Ratzinger is a shy and gentle person whose former stu- dents spoke of him as a well- prepared and caring profes- sor. Pope Paul VI named him archbishop of Munich in 1977 and promoted him to cardinal the next month. Ratzinger served as arch- bishop of Munich until 1981, when he was nominated by John Paul II to be the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a po- sition he held until his elec- tion as pope. He became dean of the College of Cardi- nals in November 2002 and in that role called the cardi- nals to Rome for the con- clave" that elected him the 265 th pope. In his initial ap- pearance as pope, he told the crowd in St. Peter's Square that he would serve as "a simple and humble worker in the vineyards of the Lord." He was the sixth German to serve as pope, but the first since the 11  century. President Barack Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, "warmly remem- ber  their 2009 meeting with Benedict, and wished the cardinals well as they pre- pared to choose a successor.