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Hockey Captures Seventh League Championship Title With 5-2 Win Over New Hampshire




March 17, 2007

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BOSTON (AP) - Nathan Gerbe, Benn Ferriero and Brian Boyle each had a goal and an assist, Cory Schneider saved 36 shots and Boston College beat New Hampshire 5-2 in the Hockey East championship game Saturday night.

Brock Bradford and Matt Greene also scored for the Eagles, who won their league-best seventh title and second in three years to earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The Eagles beat New Hampshire 3-1 in the 2005 title game, and were hardly challenged in the rematch.

Bradford was named tournament MVP by recording six goals and three assists.

Boston College outshot New Hampshire 19-13 in a free-flowing first period to take an early 2-0 lead, then extended the lead to 4-0 early in the third.

By the time Bobby Butler and Trevor Smith scored midway through the third for the Wildcats, it was far too late.

Despite the loss, the Wildcats are expected to get an at-large bid in the 16-team NCAA Tournament by virtue of capturing the Hockey East regular-season title.

BC is peaking at the right time for the second season in a row, winning 10 straight since losing to Boston University in the Beanpot championship on Feb. 13.

Greene took advantage of the spacing created by a 4-on-4 when he grabbed a loose puck and fired a slap shot to the top-right corner of the net to beat UNH goalie Kevin Regan for the game's first goal 10:45 into the period.

Ferriero, who finished the conference tournament with four goals and four assists, pushed BC's lead to 2-0 late in the period when his slap shot bounced off Regan's glove and into the net.

Regan struggled. He saved 29 shots, and had the puck stolen behind the net late in the second period, resulting in Bradford's goal to give BC a 3-0 advantage 18:38 into the second.

Gerbe then finished a 4-on-1 breakaway early in the third when he took a Boyle pass and beat Regan just left of the post to make it 4-0.

After UNH cut the deficit to 4-2 late in the third, Boyle added an empty-net goal in the closing seconds.

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