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.