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Joe Rooney celebrates his goal with teammate Brett Motherwell in the second period. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)

Joe Rooney celebrates his goal with teammate Brett Motherwell in the second period. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)

March 25, 2006

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- Boston College won't have to hear about Boston University any more this season. They're going to the Frozen Four.

Junior Joe Rooney scored a pair of short-handed goals and set up two more, lifting the Eagles to a 5-0 win over longtime rival Boston University in the NCAA Division I Northeast Regional final on Saturday night.

The victory sent the Eagles (25-12-3) to their sixth final four appearance in nine years where they will face North Dakota in the national semifinals April 6 in Milwaukee at 3 p.m. EDT.

The Eagles, who captured the NCAA title in 1949 and 2001, will be looking for their third national crown.

BC goalie Cory Schneider made 28 saves for his second consecutive shutout, and eighth of the season. He stopped 33 shots in a 5-0 win over Miami of Ohio in Friday's semifinals.

The game was the sixth meeting this season between the teams, and the Terriers had won four of them, including the Beanpot championship and the Hockey East tournament final. They also edged out BC for the league crown on the final weekend.

When the pairings were announced last Sunday, the Eagles anticipated another matchup with the Terriers.

"We had that in our minds," Schneider said. "The way we played them last week in the Hockey East finals we knew we should have won that game. We just wanted another shot at them."

It was only the second NCAA meeting between the schools, located just a couple of miles apart. BU beat BC 5-3 in the 1978 title game.

BC took a 1-0 lead on Brian Boyle's unassisted goal 6:24 into the opening period. Boyle stole a pass from BU defenseman Kevin Schaeffer in front and lifted a short shot past goalie John Curry.

Rooney then helped BC pull away in the second period. He broke in from the right circle and centered a pass that was redirected by Matt Greene, making it 2-0 at 4:40.

He scored his first short-handed goal on a breakaway to make it 3-0 at 13:22.

His second goal took a lengthy replay review to become official. Rooney broke in 1-on-1 against defenseman Dan Spang and shot the puck. Spang and Curry collided and slid into the net along with the puck at 16:00.

Benn Ferriero added a third-period goal as BC snapped the Terriers seven-game winning streak and 10-game unbeaten streak.

Game Notes: Schneider, senior defenseman Peter Harrold, Boyle and Rooney were named to the 2006 Northeast All-Region Team. Schneider earned Northeast Regional MVP honors ... Boston College will be making its 19th appearance in the Frozen Four. The Eagles are now tied with Minnesota for third on the NCAA all-time list ... BC improves to 16-6 in NCAA Tournament play and is now 6-2 in Regional finals under head coach Jerry York ... With 28 saves, Schneider has now recorded 1,015 saves this season and ranks third - behind Greg Taylor (1993-94 - 1,024 saves) and Scott Gordon (1984-85 - 1,048 saves) - on BC's single-season list ... Schneider became the first goalie in NCAA history to post consecutive shutouts in Regional competition. Schneider has now recorded back-to-back shutouts for the second time this season. He improves to 5-1 with a 1.09 goals against average and a .960 save percentage in postseason play ... Boston College has now recorded eight shutouts this season, breaking the school record set in the 1999-2000 season when Scott Clemmensen and Tim Kelleher combined for seven shutouts on the year. Schneider has registered all eight, besting the Clemmensen's former record of five set during that 1999-2000 campaign ... Rooney's two shorthanded goals marked the first for a BC player since Tony Voce scored two shorthanded goals on Nov. 8, 2001 against Merrimack ... Rooney's four points - two goals and two assists - marks a career best, surpassing his previous of high of three points - two power-play goals and one assist - set against Massachusetts (3/12/05) ... Though the teams were meeting for the sixth time this season, it marked just the second time in NCAA Tournament competition. The two teams are 1-1 against each other in NCAA Tournament play ... The win marked BC's 100th win in the all-time series against Boston University (100-118-15) ... BC's penalty kill went 6-for-6 and has killed all 20 opponent power-plays over the last three games. The Eagle penalty kill is 31-for-34 (91.2%) in postseason play ... Ferriero has scored five goals in the last five games and has recorded at least one point in eight of BC's last 10 contests (11 points - seven goals and four assists).

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