HEA Championship Notebook
by Mike Machnik/CHN Senior Writer
BOSTON Quick notes from the 2006 Hockey East Championship Game, won by Boston University, 2-1, over Boston College in overtime:
* The win gave BU its sixth league tournament title, tied with BC. But it was the first title for the Terriers in nine years, going back to 1997. BU is now 6-2 in HE title matches, while BC is 6-5.
* It was the second longest HE championship game ever (74:22), behind 2004's epic triple-overtime final in which Maine edged Massachusetts, also by a 2-1 score.
* BU and BC met for the HE championship for only the second time ever, with BU winning both (1986, BU 9 BC 4).
* It was BU's fourth win this season in five games against BC, including one-goal wins in the Beanpot and HE championship games.
* After three periods of regulation that had long stretches where not much was going on, the overtime stepped up to another level entirely as the Eagles carried play. Midway through the extra stanza, BC almost won the game when a shot hit the leg of BU defenseman Jekabs Redlihs and nearly went in, hitting the left post before BU goaltender John Curry could cover it.
* As well, BU caught a break 6:34 into overtime when referee Tim Benedetto lost sight of the puck and blew the whistle just before BC's Benn Ferriero banged in what would have been the game-winner.
* BC senior forward and league Player of the Year Chris Collins, who was reportedly questionable after last night's semifinal win over Maine, did take a regular shift despite the hip pointer injury he suffered in practice during the past week. But he wasn't able to be at full strength for his team's biggest game of the year.
"He played, but he still wasn't 100% Chris Collins," said BC coach Jerry York. "But he battled through, he might have been about 80 percent — you'd have to ask him — but he battled and played hard. But it's part of the game, injuries. Hopefully this week he'll get a little bit better and be closer to full strength for next weekend."
* Sophomore Eagle defenseman Mike Brennan picked a great time to score his first goal of the season, firing a loose puck over Curry's right shoulder from just outside the crease to give BC a 1-0 lead 3:24 into the game. That goal stood up for the better part of two periods, until the Terriers tied it late in the second.
* BU and BC have met for a championship 24 times since their rivalry began in 1918, with BU winning 15 of the games. BU won the only NCAA Championship meeting in 1978 and is 11-7 in Beanpot finals against the Eagles. The schools never met in an ECAC Championship contest, but they did face off for the New England Intercollegiate Hockey League (NEIHL) title three times (1949, 1950, 1951) with BC claiming two wins.
* It was the third time ever that a tournament championship game between BC and BU went to overtime. BC recorded wins in the extra session in the Beanpot over the Terriers in 1957 and 2004.
* BU forward David Van der Gulik led the tournament in goals (6) and points (8).
* BU's game-winning goal came from freshman Brandon Yip, with both Terrier goals coming from rookies. John McCarthy scored his second of the year to tie the game, 1-1, with 5:30 to go in the second period.
* BU outshot BC in every period except the overtime, in which BC carried the play and outshot the Terriers 10-4. The Terriers outshot BC for the game, 39-30.
* Attendance was 16,433, a two-night total of 33,342. It was the fifth best finals attendance, and the fourth best weekend attendance in league history.
* This was the sixth HE final ever to be decided in overtime and the third in four years.
* BU senior forward Brad Zancanaro appeared in his 159th career game. He has played in every game for the Terriers over his four years on Commonwealth Ave. The BU record is 162 games played (Ed Lowney, 1983-87). Zancanaro would break the record if BU advances all the way to the NCAA championship game on April 8th in Milwaukee.