Carey, Milner Pace Boston College Past Minnesota
18th Straight Win For Eagles
by Mike Machnik/CHN Senior Editor
TAMPA, Fla. Boston College got two goals from Paul Carey to win its 18th straight game, 6-1 over Minnesota, and advance to the NCAA Championship Game.
The Eagles (32-10-1) will meet Ferris State, a 3-1 winner over Union in the other semifinal. BC will be trying to win its third title in five years (2008, 2010), while Ferris State has never appeared in the championship game before. No team has won three in five years since Denver accomplished the feat over 40 years ago (1958, 1960, 1961).
Goaltender Parker Milner (30 saves) had his shutout streak of 193:49 come to an end early in the third period. Milner was at his best in the first period, turning aside all 10 Minnesota shots.
BC blew the game open with goals by Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider and Carey in the second period to take a 4-0 lead.
Minnesota (28-14-1) carried play much of the first period, winning faceoffs and getting pucks through to Milner, but it was BC that scored the only goal of the opening stanza. Right after Hobey Baker finalist Brian Dumoulin broke up a 2-on-1 where Kyle Rau tried to feed Nick Bjugstad, BC came back up ice and scored as Steven Whitney converted a give-and-go from Barry Almeida. Whitney crashed the net to deflect the puck past Minnesota goaltender Kent Patterson at 6:03 to make it 1-0 BC.
Minnesota drew the game's first power play with 4:44 to go in the first after Nate Condon was hooked by BC's Patrick Wey while putting a shot on goal, but the Gophers had trouble breaking the puck out and didn't land a shot during the man advantage.
With :49 to go in the period, Milner slid over and robbed Taylor Matson with the left pad to keep BC on top. Minnesota outshot the Eagles in the first, 10-5.
Early in the second, Minnesota went back on the power play and was able to get pucks to the net, but their best chances, including a deflection and rebound by Bjugstad, were stopped by Milner.
It only took the Eagles :08 to cash in on their first power play of the night, coming after Paul Carey was hooked by Nate Schmidt at 6:27. Off the draw to Patterson's left, BC won a battle along the boards and moved the puck to pointmen Tommy Cross and Whitney, who quickly found Kevin Hayes at the inside of the left circle. Hayes fired a wrister over the left shoulder of Patterson to give BC a 2-0 lead.
After a faceoff following the Gophers' Jake Hansen being robbed by Milner on the doorstep with 2:33 to go in the second, Destry Straight carried up ice on a 2-on-1 and fed Chris Kreider for a shot from the left circle that made it 3-0 Eagles at 17:45. It was Kreider's 23rd goal of the season.
Patterson stopped Johnny Gaudreau with :30 to go in the second on a breakway, but the Eagles kept the pressure on and with Patterson down and out, Carey scored into an open net off a feed from Gaudreau to make it 4-0. The goal came at 19:43.
Jake Hansen got Minnesota on the board 1:26 into the third when he snuck behind the defense and scored off a pass from Erik Haula. The goal stood after a review. But just :22 later, Gaudreau stole a pass up the boards and fed Carey in the slot for a quick shot that beat Patterson stick side, and it was 5-1 BC.
Dumoulin was credited with a power play goal six minutes into the third when his centering pass hit Gopher defenseman Justin Holl and went in to make it 6-1.
Minnesota outshot BC, 31-25.
BC has won its last three NCAA semifinals by a combined score of 19-3 (2008 — 6-1 over North Dakota, 2010 — 7-1 over Miami).
The Eagles will be trying to win their fifth NCAA title and fourth under head coach Jerry York. Game time Saturday night is 7 pm.