BC Cruises to Championship Game

BC Press Conference Video from Sean Shapiro

DETROIT — Boston College has been an Achilles heel for Miami recently. The Eagles edged Miami three years in a row in the NCAA tournament from 2006-2008.  Now 2010 can be added to that list. With the loss to Boston University last year in the NCAA championship game, the city of Boston continues to be a wall Miami cannot hurdle.

The Eagles and RedHawks played a lot of dump and chase hockey in the first period. Both teams looked like they were feeling each other out.

Miami’s Joe Hartman took a holding penalty late in the first period and Boston College’s Ben Smith made the RedHawks pay for it. Boston College won a faceoff in the Miami zone and Smith re-directed a shot from the point past Connor Knapp to give the Eagles a one-goal lead heading into the first intermission. Joe and Steven Whitney added assists on the play.

“It was a big goal for us to end the first,” said Smith. “Joey just gave me a great shot pass and I was able to tip it by the goalie.”

The Eagles power play got another chance early in the second period, courtesy of a Will Weber penalty. Pat Mullane made a nice backhanded pass from the corner and found Jimmy Hayes in front.  Hayes one-timed the puck past Knapp for another power play goal.

Just 1:02 later, the Eagles’ train gained a little more steam when Joe Whitney’s 17th goal extended the lead to three goals. Whitney got the puck at the right dot and snapped a shot high past Knapp’s glove and under the crossbar for the goal. The goal chased Knapp after he stopped only five of eight shots in just over a period.

“If you have a lot of good players, which we have here at BC, you’re going to win an awful lot of games and you’re going to make some terrific plays in the offensive zone,” said Boston College Coach Jerry York.

It took a while for Miami to figure out a way past Boston College goaltender John Muse but the RedHawks got on the board with 14:41 to play. Carter Camper slid a pass over to Hartman, who fired a snap shot at the net as he was sliding to his right. Hartman’s shot had eyes as it went through traffic untouched and past Muse’s blocker for his seventh goal of the season.

“I think that goal was a big goal for them, but I think on the bench we had a lot of enthusiasm after they scored.  We wanted to keep playing like we know how we play and push the pace,” Joe Whitney said.

Miami’s momentum didn’t last long, though, as Boston College netted three goals in 1:35. 

Cam Atkinson walked out in front of the Miami net, broke two stick checks, and backhanded a shot between Cody Reichard’s legs for his 28th goal of the season. On the next Boston College rush, Smith found Patch Alber wide open at the point. Alber blasted a shot past Reichard for his first career goal. Alber’s goal sent a majority of the 34,954 fans in attendance to the exits. Paul Carey topped off the three goal spurt with his ninth goal of the year.  Boston College’s Mullane won the faceoff to Edwin Shea. Shea rang the puck around the boards to Carey and he fired a sharp angle shot from the boards that beat Reichard through the five-hole.

As if Boston College needed any more insurance, Smith added his second of the night from Hayes and Chris Krieder at 16:21 in the third period.

“That was a total domination by Boston College.  We wish them the best of luck and they definitely deserved to win,” said Miami head Coach Enrico Blasi.

With the lopsided victory, Boston College will square up against Wisconsin Saturday in the championship game.

“Since I’ve been here, this is our third championship game.  Each senior class has been there before and I think that’s really important to have that leadership,” Smith said. “It’s a bright light and a big stage here at Ford Field but we were able to keep those young guys in line and they responded really well tonight.”

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