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Men's Hockey Defeats New Hampshire In Triple Overtime

March 22, 2008

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BOSTON (AP) - Benn Ferriero scored 43 seconds into the third overtime as Boston College rallied from three goals down and eliminated top-seed New Hampshire, 5-4, in the Hockey East semifinals.

The two teams played a total of 100 minutes, 43 seconds Friday night in the longest semifinal in the tournament's 24-year history and the 11th longest game in NCAA history.

Ferriero's wrist shot from the right point deflected off Craig Switzer's stick and flew over the left shoulder of Kevin Regan to send Boston College to the title game.

Boston College (20-11-8) has beaten New Hampshire (25-9-3) in each of their last five meetings in the tournament, including two of the previous three championship games. The Eagles will play for their record eighth title Saturday night against Vermont, which defeated Boston University, 3-1, in Friday's second semifinal.

The two teams put a combined 119 shots on goal, a tournament semifinal record. Regan, the Hockey East Player of the Year, made a career-high 62 saves for the Wildcats while John Muse stopped 45 for Boston College, also a new personal best.

Matt Greene scored what appeared to be the game winner for Boston College with 1:30 remaining in the first overtime. Ferriero collided with Regan, knocking Regan's mask off and sending the puck to Greene. The play was reviewed and the goal disallowed by rule because Regan's head gear came off just prior to the shot.

New Hampshire lost its fourth straight to Boston College in Hockey East tournament play, including losses in two of the last three championship games.

Bobby Butler and Jamie Fritch scored in the opening period to put New Hampshire ahead, 2-0, after one. Butler's second tally of the game, on a back-handed pass between the skates from James vanRiemsdyk, put New Hampshire up, 3-1, midway through the second. A short-handed goal by Thomas Fortney gave New Hampshire a seemingly safe 4-1 lead at 12:23 of the second.

But Boston College out-shot New Hampshire, 23-8, in the second period and began its comeback. Joe Whitney and Brian Gibbons scored within a three-minute span to help the Eagles close to within one goal late in the second.

Matt Price's backhanded pass through the legs of New Hampshire's Nick Krates deflected off the left skate of Dan Bertram before caroming off the left post and sliding along the goal line into the net behind an unaware Regan to tie the game, 4-4, nearly four minutes into the third.

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