Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau scored on a beautiful individual effort late in regulation to finally give the Eagles the breathing room they had sought all night, and a soon thereafter a third national championship in five years became reality for BC, who defeated upstart Ferris State 3-1 in the Division I Men’s College Hockey title game.
The victory for the Eagles, their 19th in a row to close out a championship season, was much more difficult than most predicted. After Steven Whitney opened the scoring for Boston College, the Bulldogs responded with a game-tying tally from Garrett Thompson to make the score 1-1. But just over 5 minutes later, Paul Carey scored what ultimately proved to be the game-winning goal on the power play, to give BC a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
Neither team lit the lamp in the second period, and the teams took their one-goal contest into the third. After a tense, defensive-minded period where neither team wanted to make a fatal mistake, Gaudreau broke through at the 16:58 mark with a beautiful move through two Ferris State defenders, lifting a backhand shot over the shoulder of Bulldogs goaltender Taylor Nelson to make it a 3-1 game, as an empty-netter in the final minute of regulation created the final margin of 4-1.
Sean Grande and Cap Raeder called the action on the Westwood One Radio Network.
(Steven Whitney opens the scoring for Boston College)
(Garrett Thompson strikes for Ferris State as the Bulldogs even things up)
(Paul Carey puts BC back on top with a power play tally)
(Parker Milner comes up with some big saves to keep the Eagles in front)
(Milner and Taylor Nelson both comes up big between the pipes)
(Milner comes up with a huge sprawling save on Ouellette)
(Johnny Gaudreau with a beautiful goal to put BC up 3-1 late in the 3rd)
(It’s a third national title for Boston College in the last five seasons!)
(Post-game interview with BC’s Chris Kreider)
(Post-game interview with BC’s Johnny Gaudreau)
(Post-game interview with BC’s Parker Milner)
(Post-game interview with BC head coach Jerry York)
(Championship game recap from Tampa)