#1 BC Advances to National Championship, Defeats Minnesota, 6-1
April 6, 2012
TAMPA BAY, Fla. -Top-seed Boston College used a three-goal second period to skate past Minnesota, 6-1, and into its fifth national championship appearance in seven seasons on Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Senior forward Paul Carey led the Eagles with two goals and sophomore center Kevin Hayes'goal at 6:35 in the second proved to be the gamewinner as BC limited Minnesota's top-rated offense to a single goal.
"I think that looking at our game, timely saves by our goaltender, opportunistic scoring, and then that bounce-back goal were keys to bringing us to our Saturday night game," head coach Jerry Yorksaid. "I am very excited about our possibility of winning a national championship, it's something we look forward to from the start of the year."
Junior Steven Whitney opened the scoring at 6:03 in the first period. Junior Brian Dumoulin broke up a two-on-one opportunity for the Gophers, enabling the Eagles to gain possession behind their own net. Bill Arnold hit Barry Almeidain transition and the forward delivered a centering pass from the right circle for Whitney to secure the first goal of the night.
Junior goaltender Parker Milnercapped a 10 save first period with glove save on a one-timer from Taylor Matson at close range. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native registered 30 saves - his second straight 30-save performance - on the night to improve to 28-5-0 on the year.
"I thought Parker Milnermade some very timely saves early in the game," York said. "Parker was big in the net, he was very confident, [and] he fueled us to stay in the game."
Three Boston College goals in the second period opened the game up for the Eagles.
BC doubled its lead with a power-play goal at 6:35 in the second. Hayes won the faceoff that ensued when Minnesota defenseman Nate Schmidt was whistled for hooking at 6:27. Passes from senior Tommy Crossand Almeida connected with Hayes in the right circle and the center put a wrister over Patterson's stick side for the two goal advantage.
Boston College capitalized on a turnover in the neutral zone for a 3-0 at 17:45. Freshman forward Destry Straight deked Patterson and laid the puck up for junior Chris Kreiderto punch in his team-leading 23rd goal of the year.
Senior forward Paul Carey landed BC's fourth goal at 19:43. Freshman Johnny Gaudreau put a sweeping shot on net as he went to the ice. Junior Pat Mullaneput the rebound on Patterson pads, leaving Carey to strike for his 16th goal of the year.
Minnesota got on the board at 1:26 in the third. Erik Haula skated down the left wall and hit Jake Hansen in the crease to move the score to 4-1.
Boston College responded with its fifth goal 22 seconds later. Gaudreau skated along the end boards and hit Carey at the top of the slot.
The Eagles netted their sixth goal of night at 5:51 following a charging call on the Gophers. Mullane won a faceoff, finding Kreider at the point to send a cross ice pass to Dumoulin for his second power-play goal of the season.
Boston College advanced to play Ferris State in the national championship on Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Team Records: Boston College 32-10-1; Minnesota 28-14-1
Game Notes: Boston College will compete for its fifth national championship ... BC moved to 12-14-2 against the Gophers, including a 4-3-1 record in eight meetings between the teams under Jerry York ... BC is now 6-4 in 10 NCAA Tournament meetings against the Gophers, including a 2-0 record under York ... The Eagles extended their record winning streak to 18 games ... BC registered two power play goals for the first time during the 2012 postseason.