NCAA Hockey

Third Time's The Charm: Boston College Wins National Title

4/13/08 in NCAA Hockey   |   rootman54   |   respect

For the third year in a row, the Boston College Eagles played in the National Title game. For the first time in that span, they won it. Led by Hobey Baker finalist Nathan Gerbe, the Eagles buried North Dakota in the semifinal game 6-1 and Notre Dame in the title game 4-1. The win makes it the third National Title in the school’s history, and second this decade. Their previous two titles came in 2001 and 1949. BC finishes the season with a 25-11-8 record, the fewest wins for a National Champion since Minnesota in 1974, which won only 22 games.
 
If the Hobey Baker Award were determined after the Frozen Four, Nathan Gerbe would have won it.  The Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player recorded 5 goals (hat trick against North Dakota) and 3 assists in two Frozen Four games.  Gerbe finished the season leading the nation with 68 points, ahead of Hobey Baker Winner Kevin Porter. At only 5’5” and 160 pounds, Gerbe was by far the fastest and best player flying around the ice, even diving to score goals (left). Can you believe he scored on that play?
 
Boston College jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second period with 3 goals in only 5 minutes and 48 seconds. Two of the goals were scores by Nathan Gerbe (right), the other by Joe Whitney. Notre Dame then responded when Kevin Deeth tipped a puck in 9:07 into the period. However, it would remain 3-1 into the third after Notre Dame appeared to have scored an enormous goal to cut the lead to one. Signaled a goal on the ice, the puck deflected off a Notre Dame player's left skate, then hit his right and went in the net.  But because of a distinct kicking motion, the goal was disallowed. 35 seconds later, Nathan Gerbe struck again, making a sick pass from behind the net, between his legs, out to a falling Ben Smith who shot it top shelf.
 
 
Team picture of the 2008 National Champions. 
 
 
Jerry York, Boston College Head Coach, is awarded the National Championship Trophy.
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4/13/08   |   Nick S

Oh and this tournament is sooooo much fun, I am definitely going to this next year in Washington even if BC isn't involved. Just watching the games and going to the new cities makes this event so much fun (even if it is in a boring city i.e. Denver ).

4/13/08   |   Nick S

Not to mention they did all of this with a 19 year old freshmen, who played every single minute all year.