BC-North Dakota Notebook
CHN Staff Report
MILWAUKEE Boston College and North Dakota has become a bit of a rivalry considering how many big games the two have played against each other in the last eight years. The teams played in back-to-back championship games in 2000 and 2001, with each winning one. Last season, the two played two intense early-season games, then North Dakota defeated BC in the Northeast Regional.
"They've become quite a rival for us," York said. "They're not a league rival, but when you're playing so many games against a team in the NCAAs over a short term, they become a rival."
But the players didn't think revenge was a motivator at this time of year. Goalie Cory Schneider and forward Chris Collins repeated similar sentiments.
"They ended our season last year, so you always want to return the favor," Schneider said. "But revenge is not our main motivation."
"It's nice to beat a team that ended your season — it was nice to beat BU (in the Regional final) after they took all those trophies from us — but that's not our motivation," Collins said.
Jordan Parise has gotten the reputation as a money goalie, but he couldn't stop the revitalized BC offense on this day. Pucks were coming at him from every place, and the game featured a more open-ended affair than you would expect these days.
Before the first period was over, it was 3-0. But Parise was candid in his assessment of himself and his team.
"The first one I didn't see," Parise said. "The second one I thought I should've had, but I'm not going to criticize myself too much because it's Collins, and he knows where to shoot.
"They have so much high-end talent. They took advantage of our defense making mistakes. You could see that as the game went on. They would find the openings, and they would take the risk."
* It's the ninth time in the last 10 years a Hockey East team will play in the finals. Last year was the exception. There were all-Hockey East finals in 1999 (UNH vs. Maine) and 1995 (BU vs. Maine).
* The three shorthanded goals in one Frozen Four game, combined, is believed to be a record.
* The last time there was a hat trick in a Frozen Four game was Jim Montgomery for Maine in the 1993 championship game.
* The 11 combined goals were the most in the Frozen Four Semis since the 1989 semis between Minnesota and Maine, won 7-4 by the Gophers in St. Paul. The 1976 semis had 13 goals, a 7-6 win by Michigan Tech over Brown. The last time there were that many in the Frozen Four in its entirety was the 1991 final between Northern Michigan and BU (8-7).
"It's a hard game to control," York said. "The puck bounces sometimes. ... I thought it would be much tighter, but they're creative on offense."
* The Hobey ceremony is on ESPN-U (channel 609 on DirecTV) at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by the first-ever Skills Competition at 7 p.m.