April 2, 1998
BOSTON (AP) - Marty Reasoner broke a third-period tie and added an insurance
goal as Boston College advanced to the championship game of the NCAA hockey
tournament on Thursday night with a 5-2 victory over Ohio State.
The Eagles (27-8-5) will play for their first title since 1949 on Saturday
night against Michigan, which beat New Hampshire 4-0 earlier Thursday. Ohio
State (26-13-2) ended a surprising run to the Final Four in its first NCAA
Boston College moved out to a 2-0 lead before Dan Cousineau scored two goals
three minutes apart in the second period to tie it. But Reasoner, the Eagles'
captain and the nation's leading scorer, took a cross-ice, cross-crease pass
from Brian Gionta and put Boston College up 3-2 with 13:48 left in the game.
Andy Powers made it 4-2 with 2:35 left, taking a defense-threading pass from
Gionta at the blue line and going in alone on Ohio State goalie Jeff Maund.
Gionta also scored Boston College's first goal.
Scott Clemmensen stopped 18 shots for Boston College and Maund made 37 saves
for the Buckeyes.
The Eagles (26-8-5) will attempt to be the first team to win an NCAA title
in its hometown since Boston University did it at the old Boston Garden in
1972. And they'll do it in front of a crowd like the NCAA record 18,089 that
witnessed their semifinal victory.
Boston College finished second in Hockey East before winning the postseason
tournament to earn a bye in the NCAAs. The Eagles beat Colorado College to make
it to the semifinals.
The Buckeyes were 9-10-1 before winning 17 of their last 20 games and
finishing third in the CCHA. They beat Yale and Michigan State in the West
Regional to make it to the Final Four.
Ohio State was on the power play when Gionta got a shorthanded breakaway. He
drew Maund out 10 feet in front of the net and went around him to the left
before spinning and cautiously hitting the open net to make it 1-0.
Jeff Farkas made it 2-0 for Boston College at the 10:24 mark of the second.
Cousineau pulled Ohio State within 2-1 at the 15:02 mark of the second period,
managing to get his stick on the puck as he was being pulled down.
The goal had an immediate effect on the crowd and the Buckeyes players, who
began playing with more energy and more muscle. Cousineau took a long pass from
Todd Compeau and went in alone on Clemmensen before putting it between his legs
to make it 2-2 at the 18:21 mark.
Another Buckeyes rush produced a slap shot by Andre Signoretti that went off
the inside of the post and ricocheted out with 14 seconds left in the second
Ohio State 0 2 0-2
Boston College 1 1 3-5
First Period-1, BC, Gionta 30, 8:40. Penalties-Skaleski, OSU (holding),
2:30; Powers, BC (roughing), 6:39; Reasoner, BC (hooking), 9:03; Compeau, OSU
(slashing), 10:49; Grant, OSU (hitting after whistle), 18:44; Schaffnit, OSU
Second Period- 2, BC, Farkas 11 (Mottau, Bellefeuille), 10:24; 3, OSU,
Cousineau 7 (McMillan, Root), 15:02; 4, OSU, Cousineau 8 (Compeau, Root),
18:21. Penalties-Hutchins, BC (high-sticking), 5:24; Jestadt, OSU,
major-misconduct (checking from behind), 6:53; Caulfield, BC (interference),
Third Period-5, BC, Reasoner 32 (Gionta, Powers), 6:21. 6, BC, Powers 12
(Gionta, Scuderi), 17:25. 7, BC, Reasoner, 19:17. Penalties-Meloche, OSU
Shots on goal-OSU 6-8-6-20. BC 15-15-12-42.
Power-play Opportunities-Ohio State 0 of 3; Boston College 0 of 6.
Goalies-Ohio State, Maund 22-8-0 (42 shots-37 saves). Boston College,
Clemmensen 24-8-4 (20-18).
Referee-Mike Schmitt. Linesmen-Randy Schmidt, John Elvy.