April 9, 2001
By JOEL STASHENKO
Associated Press Writer
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - With one wave of his stick, Krys Kolanos ended 52 years
of frustration for Boston College.
He also robbed college hockey fans in rinks throughout the East of one of
their favorite taunts when BC is in town - "1949," the last time the Eagles
won a national title before they beat North Dakota 3-2 Saturday night in
"It'll be an unbelievable and quite a special feeling," Kolanos said.
"Now everyone will just be quiet. And we'll be back to defend the championship
Kolanos slipped a shot past North Dakota goalie Karl Goehring 4:43 into
overtime to give the Eagles the NCAA title. His goal denied North Dakota
back-to-back national championships and helped BC avoid what would have been a
monumental collapse late in a tight-checking game the Eagles had otherwise
seemed to control.
Up 2-0, the Eagles gave up two goals in the final 3:42, both after North
Dakota had pulled Goehring for a sixth skater. The first score, from Tim
Skarperud, came with Boston College a man down after a penalty for having too
many men on the ice.
The game-tying goal came with just 36 seconds left in regulation when Wes
Dorey tipped in Aaron Schneekloth's slapshot from just inside the blue line.
If any team looked beaten after a tie in regulation, it was BC.
This loss would have come on top of so much other heartbreak for the Eagles.
They lost the 1998 title game to Michigan in overtime, a 1999 semifinal game to
eventual champion Maine in overtime and last year's championship game to North
But BC coach Jerry York said Boston Bruins coach Mike Keenan spoke to the
Eagles recently about mental toughness. Something Keenan said was perfect for
the demoralizing situation the Eagles found themselves in after regulation
Keenan related the story of the 1994 NHL playoffs when his former team, the
Rangers, had just been tied in the last seconds by the Devils.
Echoing Keenan's words, York said he told his Eagles: "Hey, no matter how
bad you felt about what just happened, think about how good you're going to
feel if you score the OT goal. I think our kids understood."
Kolanos knifed in from Goehring's right and, warding off a North Dakota
defender with his right hip, skated in front of the North Dakota goal to score.
"I don't think there's another player on the ice that could have made that
move," said North Dakota coach Dean Blais. "He's 6-foot-3 and he's rangy. ...
Karl went out and tried to poke check it, but he got it into an open net. A
Kolanos said he practices the move all the time and called it his "bread
BC goalie Scott Clemmensen said he's seen Kolanos' move enough to know how
effective it can be.
"He does that move to me all the time in practice," he said. "I can't
stand it. He's so patient with it."
BC (33-8-2) had gone 0-4 in title games since winning the championship in
only the second year of the NCAA playoffs.
North Dakota (29-8-9) was denied an eighth national title, and its streak of
five straight victories in championship games since 1982 was broken.
York coached Bowling Green to the NCAA title in 1984 in Lake Placid and
became only the second man in history to coach two schools to the championship.
Ned Harkness (Rensselaer in 1954, Cornell in 1967 and 1970) was the other.
"I should come more to New York for these closing fours," York said.