2007 NCAA Frozen Four | Second Semifinal
Wing Way Past North Dakota
North Dakota 4
Lee, C. VandeVelde
Smith, B. O'Hanley
Oshie, T. Chorney
Sneep, N. Gerbe
Gerbe , B. Motherwell
Bradford , B. Motherwell
Oshie, T. Chorney
P. Lamoureux, 58:27, 39 saves, 4 GA (2 ENG)
Cory Schneider, 59:50, 25 saves, 4 GA
NDK 7/14; BC 7/14
Plays: NDK 2-7; BC 3-7
Keys to the Boston College win, our three stars, and
ST. LOUIS – Boston College entered this
weekend as a slight favorite in many people's eyes simply
because of their recent form. The Eagles had won 12 straight
games going into the Frozen Four and nine of those wins
were by three goals or more.
So, when they were faced with early deficits
of 1-0 and 2-1, and were tied going into the third period,
the Eagles faced unusual situations. But there was no panic,
and no self doubt on the Boston College bench or in the
locker room. The Eagles scored four times in the third period
and defeated North Dakota 6-4 in a Frozen Four semifinal
on Thursday night at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Boston College will face Michigan State in
the national championship game at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday
"We haven't had many close games going
into the third and I think our kids responded really well.
They were excited to play," York said. "We had
to kill a penalty to start the third period which was key
for us. I thought we were respectful of what North Dakota
had, but we were excited about how we were playing."
North Dakota went ahead when Chris Porter
scored with 9:32 left in the first period but Boston College's
Dan Bertram tied the score with a power-play goal five minutes
later. Jonathan Toews crashed the net and scored early in
the second, but the Eagles tied it again, with Bertram scoring
another goal near the crease on the power play.
"I think we responded great. We were
positive the whole time. We didn't get down on ourselves,
we were focused. Mentally we were there. We were hitting
posts, we were pressuring them," Boston College defenseman
Mike Brennan said.
Boston College was playing from behind despite
out-shooting North Dakota 34-19 through two periods, and
forced some excellent play from goaltender Philippe Lamoureux.
"Sometimes you're called upon to make
10-12 saves in a period. Tonight they had mid-30s in shots,
so in my case I have to step up and play a bigger role in
the game to give us a chance to win. I did the best I could.
Unfortunately I couldn't make the extra big save,"
|Boston College forward Dan Betram
scored two goals in the Eagles' 6-4 win against North
The Eagles went ahead in the third period
only to see the Fighting Sioux tie the game again. T.J.
Oshie took the puck off of the stick of Benn Ferriero behind
the net and roofed a backhand shot over Cory Schneider's
shoulder with 4:38 remaining.
Headed to overtime? Not quite. Four goals
followed, two of which were empty-netters by the Eagles.
Nathan Gerbe scored a power-play goal to give
the Eagles the lead for good, making it 4-3 on a pretty
passing play off of a face off in the North Dakota zone.
Gerbe took a feed from Brock Bradford and fired the shot
home just 32 seconds after Oshie tied the game.
"We talked about it going into the third
period and before the game. After two we just said if we
get up a goal don't get too high, if we go down a goal don't
get too low. I think we responded well and just kept an
even keel," BC defenseman Brian O'Hanley said.
Again the Eagles came through with a solid
penalty kill, and being short-handed helped out. Brian Boyle
gathered the puck in the defensive zone and lofted a long
clear down the ice. The shot missed the empty net, but was
not an icing call. BC's Joe Rooney beat North Dakota defenseman
Brian Lee down the ice and shot the puck to give the Eagles
a 5-3 lead.
North Dakota's never-say-die attitude came
into play once again. A low shot from T.J. Oshie was redirected
through Cory Schneider by Chris Porter with 16.8 seconds
left in the game and Dave Hakstol quickly diagrammed a face-off
play for the center-ice draw. A cross-ice pass was intercepted
and Gerbe scored the empty-netter for the Eagles to wrap
up the game.
"This team fought right through to the
bitter end," North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol said.
"We didn't do the things we needed to do in the third
period and that's a disappointing end. However, there's
no quit in this hockey team and we didn't see any tonight."
The game ended, but Boston College's winning
streak continued. The Eagles have now won 13 in a row even
though this one didn't follow the recent script.