Drive for Five Complete, Hockey Wins National Title
April 7, 2012
TAMPA BAY, Fla. - Top-seed Boston College scored twice in the first period and sealed the fifth national championship in program history, 4-1, with two more goals in the third. Junior goaltender Parker Milner recorded 27 saves en route to being named the 2012 Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player on Saturday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
"I feel honored and privileged to be a part of the BC program, the university and specifically the hockey program," senior captain Tommy Cross said. "This was the best team I've ever been on. We just had something in our mind that the season was only going to end one way and that was our main focus."
Steven Whitney led the Eagles with two goals, scoring the first on a put-back at 3:18 in the first. Senior forward Barry Almeida won a loose puck near the crease and put a shot on net. The puck deflected off a Bulldog skate, landing in front of the Reading, Mass. native.
FSU tied the game at 5:19 in the first. Milner denied two shots off an initial drive by Andy Huff, but Garrett Thompson followed with the put-back to even the score, 1-1.
Paul Carey registered a power-play goal to put Boston College back on top, 2-1, at 10:33. Pat Mullane sent a pass from the left circle to the opposite point. Brian Dumoulin released a shot that Carey redirected over Simon Denis' stick side, marking the eighth straight game the Eagles scored on the power play.
The Eagles went 1-for-3 on the power play and killed off all four of FSU's power plays to finish the postseason 23-for-23 on the penalty kill since March 16.
The shots were even at 22 after two periods, but the Eagles controlled the third, 15-6, to claim a 37-28 advantage by the end of the game.
At 16:58 in the third, freshman Johnny Gaudreau doubled Boston College's lead, 3-1, with his 44th point as a rookie. Sophomore forward Kevin Hayes and junior defenseman Patrick Wey collected assists on the play.
Whitney's empty-netter at 18:57 completed the scoring at 4-1. The forward's second goal of the night, which was assisted by sophomore forward Bill Arnold, marked just the third time that an Eagle had scored twice in a national championship victory.
Frozen Four All-Tournament Team
Team Records: Boston College 33-10-1, 19-7-1 Hockey East; Ferris State 26-12-5, 16-7-5-1 CCHA
Game Notes: Boston College won its fifth national championship and third since 2008...The Eagles extended their single-season record win-streak to 19 games...The program's longest win-streak of 22 games occurred from Feb. 1, 1949 to Feb. 7, 1950, spanned two seasons and included BC's first-ever national title...Jerry York increased his NCAA Tournament record win total to 37...York's 913 career victories are the second most in NCAA history...The Boston College senior class concluded their careers with a 110-42-1 record - 22-2 (.917) - in four seasons at The Heights...The six seniors captured three consecutive Beanpot titles and Hockey East regular-season and tournament championships, in addition to two national championships...Only the 2000-01 Eagles had previously won the Beanpot, Hockey East regular-season and tournament and NCAA titles...BC moved to 2-0-1 against the Bulldogs...This was the first NCAA Tournament meeting between the two schools.