HEA Semifinal 1 Notebook
by Mike Machnik/CHN Senior Writer
BOSTON * Rivals Boston College and Boston University will meet for the Hockey East Championship for only the second time ever — and first time in 20 years. BU upset BC, 9-4, to win in 1986.
* It was only the fourth time — and second straight year — in the 22-year history of the Hockey East Tournament that BC, BU, Maine and UNH, the league's "Big Four" teams in terms of history and success, all made the semifinals. The other times it happened were in 1990 and 2000.
* BU's shocking dismantling of UNH, 9-2, sent many scrambling for the record books. The Terriers tied BC for the most goals in a single game semifinal (1987, BC 9, Northeastern 3; Maine defeated Providence, 11-2, in a semifinal game in 1988, but the win was part of an unusual two game, total goals semifinal format that only lasted one year). BU's seven-goal margin of victory was the largest of any single game semifinal in league history (only trailing, overall, Maine's win in 1988).
* It was the most goals allowed by UNH since a 9-8 loss to Dartmouth on Jan. 12, 2005. The Wildcats nearly surrendered 10 for the first time in nearly 18 years (Nov. 26, 1988, 11-2 loss to Northern Michigan), but BU's Jason Lawrence had a goal waved off due to a high stick with 1:03 remaining.
* The TD Banknorth Garden (formerly the FleetCenter) was approximately a third full when the puck dropped for the first game between BU and UNH at 5:00. Official attendance for the doubleheader was 16,909, the first time in four years that the building did not sell out for the semifinals (17,565). Still, it was the fourth best semifinal attendance in league history.
* UNH's top three forwards — Jacob Micflikier, Daniel Winnik and Brett Hemingway — were split up for the game, with Mike Radja skating on the top line alongside Winnik and Hemingway. Micflikier was on the second line with Thomas Fortney and Josh Ciocco. But the three big guns were reunited for UNH's first power play of the game. It paid off as Hemingway fed Micflikier with a cross-ice pass that Micflikier one-timed past BU goaltender John Curry to the glove side at 2:53. Micflikier would add another power-play goal in the second period on the same unit, leading UNH coach Dick Umile to return him to the top line for its next regular shift. But at that point, late in the second period, it was already 5-1 BU.
* With the win, BU has lost just once in its last 20 games (17-1-2), with the loss coming to UNH (7-4, Feb. 17). UNH, meanwhile, was 7-1-3 in its last 11 before the semifinals, with the only loss coming to — you guessed it — BU (3-2, Feb. 18).
* BU's all-senior first line of David Van der Gulik, Brad Zancanaro and John Laliberte entered the game with 88 career points each. Van der Gulik had a hat trick and an assist, while Zancanaro added a goal and an assist as both players reached the 90 point plateau. Laliberte was held scoreless.
* Since the return of Van der Gulik to the lineup after Christmas, BU is 17-2-2. Without him, the Terriers were 6-7-2.