This season, the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity men’s hockey team has secured impres­sive road vic­to­ries over nation­ally ranked Michigan, Min­nesota and Notre Dame. But the team has strug­gled against Hockey East oppo­nents, com­piling only seven wins in 20 games.

Tonight, North­eastern will have a chance to avenge three one-​​goal losses to No. 5 Boston Col­lege when the Hockey East rivals face off in the semi­final round of the 60th annual Men’s Beanpot Tour­na­ment at TD Garden at 8 p.m. The winner of the game, which will be tele­vised on NESN, will play for the Beanpot Tour­na­ment Cham­pi­onship on Feb. 13.

Prior to the matchup, head coach Jim Madigan preached the impor­tance of playing hard-​​nosed hockey until the final horn. Taking bad penal­ties or turning over the puck in the defen­sive zone against a national championship-​​caliber team like Boston Col­lege, he said, would almost cer­tainly hamper the Huskies’ chances of claiming their fifth Beanpot title and first since 1988.

“We have to play a full 60 min­utes against good teams,” said Madigan, a North­eastern alumnus and three-​​time Beanpot champ who knows a thing or two about win­ning. “We can’t afford to have any let­downs.”

Cap­tain Mike McLaughlin, a 5-​​foot-​​9-​​inch for­ward who has four goals and eight assists in 20 games, agreed with his coach. As he put it, “They have a very potent offense and take advan­tage of mis­takes, so we have to limit their oppor­tu­ni­ties.”

Madigan said a Beanpot cham­pi­onship, which is almost as much about brag­ging rights as it is about posi­tioning in Hockey East, could jump­start a deep run through the con­fer­ence play­offs, which begin in early March.

“It would be a huge momentum boost for the rest of the season,” he noted.

McLaughlin, the only senior on the team, has but one more shot to hoist the Beanpot trophy. “You dream about win­ning it,” he said.

After the Beanpot Tour­na­ment, the Huskies will play the final seven games of the reg­ular season against Hockey East oppo­nents, six of which include back-​​to-​​back con­tests with Maine, Prov­i­dence and Boston Uni­ver­sity.

Madigan expects his tough-​​luck squad, which has lost six one-​​goal games this season, to be focused and pre­pared to win the most mean­ingful games of the year. “When the puck drops, the team will be relaxed and play with con­fi­dence,” he promised.