March 18, 2012
BOSTON - Boston College defeated the University of Maine 4-1 on Saturday night to claim the 28th Hockey East Tournament title. The Eagles became the first team to win three consecutive Hockey East titles, and have won five of the last six and 11 since Hockey East's inception in 1984. The Eagles captured their sixth championship as the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
Boston College freshman Johnny Gaudreauhad three points on the night, a pair of goals and an assist, and was subsequently chosen as the Bill Flynn Most Valuable Player of the 2012 tournament. He is the fifth freshman to win the tournament MVP award.
The Eagles opened up the scoring at 5:44 of the first period when Gaudreau scored his 18th goal of the year off a pass from junior defensemen Patch Alber Boston College would strike again just 2:07 later when they were on the man advantage. Gaudreau netted his second of the night when he scored off of Chris Kreider'soriginal shot.
The Black Bears made it a one-goal game in the second period when senior Brian Flynn scored his 18th goal of the year. Joey Diamond made a cross-ice pass to Flynn who scored off a wrister. The Eagles re-established a two-goal lead at 18:39 of the second period when Pat Mullane fired a one-timer past Maine goaltender Dan Sullivanoff of a wraparound pass from Gaudreau.
In the third period, Maine attempted 17 shots, but BC goaltender Parker Milner was equal to the task, stopping all of them to finish with 41 saves and up his record to 25-5-0. At the other end, Sullivan stopped all nine shots he faced in the third period and finished with 39 saves. BC added an empty-net goal from Barry Almeidaat the 18:59 mark.
Joining Gaudreau on the All-Tournament team were BC teammates Milner and defenseman Brian Dumoulin. Rounding out the selections were Maine's Joey Diamond and BU's Alex Chiasson, both forwards, and defenseman Will O'Neill from Maine.
Team Records: Maine 23-13-3; Boston College 29-10-1
Game Notes: Boston College becomes the first team to win three consecutive Hockey East championships. The Eagles have also established a new Hockey East record for consecutive wins in tournament play with 12, breaking their old mark of 11 set from 1998 to 2000 ... This is the Eagles' 11th Hockey East title overall, their 5th title in the last six years and their 6th in the last eight years. They are now 11-5 all-time in the championship game, 6-1 in their last seven appearances dating back to 2005 ... Gaudreau is the fifth freshman to win the Tournament MVP Award. Four of the five have come from BC (Brian Leetch-1987, Scott Lagrand-1990, Chuck Kobasew-2001)