2008 NCAA Frozen Four Championship Game
Behind the gifted Nathan Gerbe, the Eagles
capture their third national title
Notre Dame 1
Gibbons, B. Smith
Smith, D. Bertram
Gerbe, B. Ferriero
Lawson, I. Cole
Gerbe, B. Gibbons
Jordan Pearce, 58:31, 19 saves, 4 GA
John Muse, 60:00, 20 saves, 1 GA
ND 5/10; BC 8/16
Plays: ND 0-8; BC 2-5
Title Game Notebook
The Boston College defense got even better
when one of its best was lost for the game. Plus notes,
plus/minus and much more.
Larry Radloff's best shots from the title
John Muse, Boston College
D: Mike Brennan, Boston College
D: Kyle Lawson, Notre Dame
F: Nathan Gerbe, Boston College
F: Ben Smith, Boston College
F: Kevin Deeth, Notre Dame
Most Outstanding Player: Nathan Gerbe
Check out the team plus
Jeff Sauer's comments on each selection.
DENVER – They say that the third time
is a charm, and it was for Boston College. Playing in its
third consecutive national championship game, Boston College
earned the trophy with a 4-1 win over Notre Dame at the
Pepsi Center in Denver on Saturday night. As usual, Boston
College forward Nathan Gerbe led the way, scoring twice
in the second period to give the Eagles the lead that they
A scoreless first period played to Notre Dame's
favor, as they relish the opportunity to play in close games,
but BC took control early in the second and never looked
Gerbe's first goal 2:23 into the period was
the product of great work by his teammates as Brian Gibbons
and Ben Smith cycled on the end wall and Tim Kunes kept
the puck in at the blueline. Gibbons made the pass from
the end boards and Gerbe's classy finish into the top corner
of the net set the Eagles in motion.
The lead doubled with Boston College on the
power play as Gerbe dove to fire the puck into the net off
a rebound from Ben Smith's shot. Gerbe was named as the
Frozen Four's most outstanding player and shied away from
taking personal credit.
"It's all just numbers to me. The biggest
thing is this trophy right next to us," Gerbe said.
"We'll do whatever it takes to get that. A lot of guys
stepped up. Tonight was just a night where everyone stepped
up a notch to get a championship."
Penalties on both sides through the first
half of the second period led to special teams opportunities
and BC capitalized again with a skating manpower of 4-on-3
when Joe Whitney scored from the high slot.
The three-goal lead lasted less than a minute
as Notre Dame's Kevin Deeth answered for the Irish on assists
from Kyle Lawson and Ian Cole.
The Eagles played most of the game with five
defensemen after Carl Sneep blocked a shot with his leg
that forced him out of the game due to injury. Anthony Aiello,
Mike Brennan, Tim Kunes, Nick Petrecki and Tim Filangieri
came through and kept Notre Dame at bay in front of goalie
John Muse. The Eagles blocked 19 shots attempted by Notre
"I thought they were pretty tough all
game long," Notre Dame forward Mark Van Guilder said.
"When he went down they had five guys who picked it
up, like we have in the past when we had a key player go
down. It's really too bad getting hurt in a big game like
this, but his teammates picked up the slack and they were
really good in their own end tonight."
BC's freshman goaltender stopped 20 shots,
and didn't have to get the one that left people talking.
Notre Dame attacked on the rush and crossed the blueline,
where Ian Cole passed across the crease to Kyle Lawson.
The puck hit Lawson's skate and crossed the line. Lawson
attempted to play the puck with his stick, but was cleared
from the edge of the crease by Filangieri and missed tipping
the puck before it went in.
After extensive video review, the goal was
disallowed and the ruling from the video official, Greg
Shepherd, was "the puck was kicked in the net by the
Notre Dame player's right skate."
Lawson said he didn't even see the pass come
across before it hit his skate. His coach said it was a
crucial moment for his team.
"I thought that was the turning point
for us," Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson said. "I
thought we had something going at that time and I thought
we were doing a much better job with the puck."
That goal would have made the score 3-2. Instead,
Boston College scored 35 seconds later to make it 4-1. Ben
Smith shot from the slot and it deflected off a defenseman
and flipped over the shoulder of Notre Dame's Jordan Pearce
with 14:29 left in the game.
"It was a huge shift in the game to get
that goal. (During the review) Coach told us to be ready
either way, to come out hard the next shift," Smith
said. He finished with three points in the title game and
was named to the all-tournament team.
The Eagles killed off back-to-back penalties
in the middle part of the third period to effectively seal
the victory. Boston College was 2-for-5 on the power play
and Notre Dame was 0-for-8.
Boston College won its third national title,
with the others coming in 1949 and 2001. As they say, the
third time is a charm.