Men's Hockey Advances To Frozen Four With 3-2 Overtime Win Over Michigan
March 28, 2004
Manchester, N.H. - Ben Eaves scored the game-winner at 10:08 of overtime to lead BC to a 3-2 win over Michigan in the NCAA Northeast Regional final at Verizon Wireless Arena. Patrick Eaves, the regional's most valuable player, scored a goal and added two assists. With the victory, the Eagles advance to the Frozen Four on April 8 and 10 at Boston's FleetCenter, where they will meet Maine in the semifinals.
The Wolverines were first to score. Mike Brown carried the puck up the right side and fired a shot that slid past Matti Kaltiainen at 12:09 of the first period, giving Michigan a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Boston College dominated play in the second period, outshooting Michigan by a 15-3 margin. The Eagles evened the score at 1-1 at 9:02, scoring a power-play goal. Patrick Eaves fed Ben Eaves behind the net and the elder Eaves hit Tony Voce on the near post. Voce beat Michigan goalie Al Montoya to knot the game. BC seemed to have taken control, but Michigan got a break late in the period. Kaltianen came all the way out to the face-off circle to play the puck and was unable to clear the zone. J.D. Forrest, guarding the crease, made a save on a Michigan slapshot, but Wolverine Andy Burnes collected the puck and fired it into the empty crease before Kaltiainen could get back and Michigan took a 2-1 lead into the third period.
The third period stood scoreless for more than 15 minutes, with the pace rapidly picking up. The Eagles tied the score once again at 15:12. Voce and Peter Harrold set up Patrick Eaves on Montoya's stick side and the sophomore roofed a backhander, knotting the score at 2-2. The remainder of the period saw a couple of scoring chances for the Eagles but they were unable to convert and the game headed into overtime.
The overtime period took on a breakneck pace, with each team seeing several quality chances and near misses. The Eagles finally broke the deadlock at 10:08. Harrold and Patrick Eaves had their shots turned away by Montoya. Ben Eaves got off a shot of his own that hit Montoya and popped up in the air. Eaves zeroed in on the puck and swatted it out of the air into the net to win the game for BC.
Kaltiainen made 15 saves (10 in the third period and overtime), while Montoya stopped 42 shots.