Sunday, April 13, 2008

BOSTON COLLEGE, NATIONAL CHAMPIONS?

This just in from the Frozen Four: The ACC is the top conference in NCAA Men’s Division 1 College Hockey…But…there’s only one team. CORRECT.

Just so happens that the one team is the National Champion.

One day after coming up short for the Hobey Baker Award (we don’t know what that is, but it sounds important), Boston College’s Nathan Gerbe scored two goals and set up two others to lead the Eagles to a 4-1 triumph over Notre Dame on Saturday and its third NCAA hockey championship.

Sophomore Ben Smith added a goal and two assists and Brian Gibbons set up a pair of tallies for the Eagles (25-11-8), which had lost in the title game each of the previous two years.
Freshman John Muse made 20 saves for Boston College, which also won the national championship in 1949 and 2001 and improved to 57-15 over the last 11 postseasons - the best record among all Division I schools.

Kevin Deeth scored the lone goal for the Fighting Irish (27-16-4), who pulled off huge upsets over New Hampshire, defending champion Michigan State and top-ranked Michigan to reach the title game for the first time in school history.

“It’s great for the sport when you have a school like that that can play hockey at its highest level,” Boston College coach Jerry York said. “It’s a great benefit for all of us in college hockey. … They’re going to be one of those brand-name schools in hockey.”

Gerbe, who recorded a hat trick in Boston College’s 6-1 triumph over North Dakota on Thursday, watched Michigan’s Kevin Porter walk away with the Hobey Baker Award on Friday. The junior made Notre Dame pay, snapping a scoreless tie with goals 3:14 apart early in the second period.

Mark Van Guilder #23 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tries to control the puck while under pressure form Nick Petrecki #26 and Tim Kunes #6 of the Boston College Golden Eagles in the championship game at the 2008 NCAA Frozen Four Men's Ice Hockey National Championship at the Pepsi Center on April 12, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Boston College forward Nathan Gerbe, (9) second from left, joins teammates in celebrating their 4-1 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA championship hockey game at the Frozen Four . (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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