Finally: BC Bests BU In Garden
by Mike McMahon/Staff Writer
BOSTON Boston College has not had a lot of success against Boston University at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Eagles dropped the last two Beanpot title games to the Terriers, as well as losing in last season's Hockey East title game 2-1 when Brandon Yip scored the game-winner in overtime.
BC was able to heal some of the wounds in their semifinal match with the Terriers bowing their archrival out of the Hockey East playoffs 6-2 as they move on to face top-seeded New Hampshire in the championship Saturday night.
"We are on a really good role the last few weeks," said BC head coach Jerry York. "Our power play was in sync and our penalty kill had some jump to it. If we can stay like that we will be a dangerous team to play against moving forward."
Did the string of losses to the hands of the Terriers at the Garden give BC motivation? Not according to their coach.
"In the back of our minds the losses might have been there, but that was a different team and a different makeup," York said. "Maybe some of the kids were thinking about it, I don't know. We are trying to get to our objectives at the end of the year. We are determined and focused and playing very well."
BU never seemed to get rolling. Though the shots finished 32-32, Coach Jack Parker never thought that his squad was in the game.
"My general comments are that BC played a heck of a hockey game. They played well on special teams and they came with a great effort. My team did none of those things," he said.
"I know what we didn't have, and that was effort," Parker said. "We didn't come ready to play — BC did ... Unfortunately this has been in our makeup all year, we are too easily satisfied. We came off some great efforts and Vermont and others, and then we sit back tonight and watch BC beat us to every puck."
Cory Schneider made 32 stops in the win, which is impressive considering the Eagles' depleted defensive corps because of injuries. Forward Brian Boyle played defense the entire night because of an injury to Anthony Aiello.
"Boyle on defense makes us a different team," York said. "His breakout ability and things he can do with the puck back there is great. Don't get me wrong, he is a pretty good player up front too, he led the league in scoring, but for us he is more valuable back on defense."
Brock Bradford was the hero up front scoring twice while Brian Boyle and Joe Rooney each had two assists, although the play of the game was not any of BC's six goals, it was Mike Brennan getting behind Cory Schneider to block a shot and prevent a BU goal.
"You know, you can't just be a good offensive team and you can't just be a good defensive team," said York. "We have found a nice balance. Mike's block there was huge — I mean he is Irish, and tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day ... maybe he got lucky because of that."
The Eagles will look to keep the luck of the Irish on their side Saturday when the No. 2 Eagles take on the No. 1 Wildcats. It will mark the 12th time that the top two seeds will meet in the final; however it is the first time since 1997.