Sunday, April 11, 2021

Farrance repeats as All-American; This Date in BU Hockey—the DC Miracle and heartbreak at the Garden

Senior David Farrance, who made his NHL debut on Thursday, became the sixth Terrier blueliner named an ACHA first-team All American multiple times. He joins Matt Grzelcyk (2015 & 2016), Matt Gilroy (2008 & 2009), Vic Stanfield (1974 & 1975), Bob Brown (1971 & 1972) and the late Tom Ross (1965 & 1966). Gilroy also was a second-team choice in 2007.

Farrance led all defensemen in points per game this season with 1.45, a mark that was fourth overall. In his first All-American season a year ago, he led the Terriers with 43 points, which was sixth best nationally among all skaters and tops for defensemen. His 14 goals also was the best for D1 defensemen. The Victor, NY native was a Hockey East first-team All-Star in both his junior and senior seasons as well as a Hobey Baker Award Top 10 Finalist.

► Congratulations to conference rival Massachusetts on its first NCAA championship. The Minutemen, who blanked St. Cloud State, 5-0, in last night's title game, went 11-0-2 after being swept by the Terriers (4-2, 4-3 OT) in January.

Twelve years after his own NCAA tournament heroics (see below), Colby Cohen is emerging as a highly regarded in-game analyst providing valuable insights for viewers. As one long-time and iconic Terrier fan suggests, Cohen would be a valuable addition to ESPN's broadcast team when the cable outlet begins its NHL coverage next fall.

This Date in BU Hockey

April 11, 2009, Verizon Center,Washington, D.C. 

Returning to the national championship game for the first time in a dozen years, the top-ranked Terriers completed their “Burn The Boats” theme drive to the NCAA title, defeating Miami, 4-3 in overtime, in a contest dubbed “The D.C. Miracle.” BU scored twice in the final minute of regulation to erase a 3-1 deficit before Colby Cohen’s game-winner gave BU its sixth tournament win of the season.

An evenly played first period was scoreless until the 15:15 mark when Chris Connelly slid home a loose puck following a Kevin Shattenkirk shot attempt and an Eric Gryba pass.

But early in the second, just after the Red Hawks had killed a penalty, Gary Steffes poked a rebound into the open side of the BU net to tie the score. Late in the period, Cohen ripped a shot off the post and the score remained tied after two.

In the third period, a pair of Miami goals—Tommy Wingels at 12:31 and Trent Vogelhuber at 15:52—seemingly doomed BU’s title hopes. Coach Jack Parker pulled goalie Kieran Millan with 3:30 remaining, but nothing clicked until the final minute. Nick Bonino kept the puck alive behind the Miami cage after his shot was denied allowing Zach Cohen to squeeze home a backhander and cut the deficit to one.

As time wound down with BU frantically pushing for an equalizer, Chris Higgins slid the puck to Gilroy in the high slot. The co-captain quickly backhanded it to Bonino in the right circle. His one-timer beat Cody Reichard, tied the score with 17.4 seconds left on the clock and sent the game to overtime.

Both teams had good scoring opportunities in overtime, with Colin Wilson and John McCarthy both coming close. At 11:47, Connelly sent the puck to Shattenkirk who skated along the blue line and dropped a pass to Colby Cohen, who closed to the left circle and fired. His shot deflected off a Miami defender and sailed over the goalie’s shoulder to bring BU its fifth national championship.

For BU’s senior class, the victory was the 100th of their Terrier careers. Gilroy was named winner of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award and gained first-team All-American honors, along with Wilson, while Shattenkirk was named second-team All-American. Millan with a 29-2-3 record and a 1.94 GAA, was named national rookie of the year.

Period 3 and overtime highlights ; game-winning goal

● Burn The Boats explained

● THFBlog The Drive For Five Was Realized


April 11, 2015 TD Garden, Boston

Six years to the day of the D.C. Miracle, #2 ranked BU was back in the national championship game. Two days earlier, BU had defeated top-ranked North Dakota, 5-3, led by another Hobey Baker Award winner, Jack Eichel. In the Frozen Four final, the Beanpot and Hockey East champion Terriers were 20 minutes from a sixth NCAA title, but conference rival Providence rallied with two third-period goals for a 4-3 win.

The Friars got on the board first on Anthony Florentino’s blasts from the right circle at 9:25 of the first period.

BU tied the scored three minutes later when Ahti Oksanen’s shot from the left boards squeaked past PC’s Jon Gillies. Eichel controlled the ensuing faceoff and raced up ice. He dropped the puck to Danny O’Regan who beat Gillies for a 2-1 lead and setting an NCAA tournament record for the fastest two goals: four seconds apart. The previous record of two goals in five seconds had been set by Michigan in the first-ever NCAA title game in 1948.

Providence pulled even early in the second on Mark Jankowski’s power-play tally. Seven minutes later, Cason Hohmann won an offensive-zone faceoff to Oksanen whose wrister was stopped by Gillies, but Hohmann beat a defender to the rebound and buried it for a 3-2 Terrier advantage.

After the Terriers killed a PC power play, disaster struck at 11:24 of the third. A harmless Tom Parisi shot from center ice was dropped from Matt O’Connor’s glove and kicked across the goal line, evening the score at three apiece.

Just over two minutes later, the Friars made an offensive-zone faceoff win work for them. Brandon Tanev controlled the puck in the right circle, skated to the slot unmarked and whipped the game-winner past O’Connor.

In the final minute with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker, Hohmann nearly tied the score, but a lunging Gillies, who made 49 saves, denied him and the Friars took home their first NCAA title.

Eichel, who led the nation in scored with 71 points (nine more than linemate Evan Rodrigues), and Grzelcyk were named first-team All-Americans.



 ● New York TImes Providence, last team in, beats BU for the title

College Hockey News recap

Friday, April 09, 2021

Farrance makes NHL Debut; This Date in Terrier Hockey--A pair of Frozen Four semifinal wins

David Farrance made his professional debut Thursday in Nashville's 7-1 win against Detroit. The 2020 first-team All-American, who became the 89th Terrier to play in the NHL, recorded 13:46 in ice time and was +1 with one shot on goal. Farrance Bolsters Already Studded Blue Line

Hockey East will be represented in Saturday's NCAA championship game as UMass defeated two-time defending titlist Minnesota Duluth, 3-2 in overtime, in the Frozen Four semifinal. The Minutemen will take on St. Cloud State, which defeated Minnesota State, 5-4, in the other semifinal.

Video highlights: UMass-Duluth; St. Cloud-Minnesota State 


This date in Terrier Hockey

April 9, 2009

Top-ranked Terriers entered the Frozen Four in Washington, D.C., having already won six championships: The IceBreaker, The Denver Cup, The Beanpot, The Hockey East Tournament and the NCAA Northeast Region. Their semifinal opponent, Vermont, had dealt BU two of the team’s six losses in the first 33 games—a pair of 4-3 defeats with the game-winners scored late in the final period.

BU, which had won 10 of its previous 11 games, dominated the Catamounts in the opening period outshooting UVM 14-7. Terriers took the lead at 11:19 when Colin Wilson redirected a Kevin Shattenkirk point shot. Five minutes later, Wilson and Chris Higgins set up linemate Jason Lawrence for his team-leading 25th goal.

Vermont got on the board early in the second and then midway through the period, the Cats scored twice in 45-seconds–a power-play goal and an unassisted tally—to take a 3-2 lead. BU went on a power play late in the period and tied the game on a back-door goal by Vinny Saponari set up by a slick Nick Bonino pass.

The Catamounts took the lead again at 9:40 of the third on a power play, but Higgins countered at 13:06 to knot the score at four apiece. Just over a minute later, BU had an offensive zone faceoff in the left circle. Wilson pulled the puck back to Higgins for a wrister that goalie Rob Madore stopped but couldn’t control, allowing Wilson to pot his second of the contest and the game-winner.

April 9, 2015

After winning the Hockey East championship and then the NCAA Northeast Regional, the #2 Terriers faced top-ranked North Dakota in the Frozen Four semi-final at TD Garden in Boston.

Five minutes into the game, Jack Eichel backhanded home a loose puck for a power-play goal and a 1-0 BU lead. A second man-advantage late in the period led to Brandon Hickey’s blast past Zane McIntyre, set up by Cason Hohnman and Robbie Baillargeon.

In the second period, North Dakota cut the lead in half in the first minute on Luke Johnson’s sharp-angle tally, but BU responded with two goals in a 2:10 span. AJ Greer took an Eichel pass in stride and rifled home a one-timer, followed by Doyle Somerby’s first goal of the season, also from a sharp angle. 4-1 BU after two.

BU looked to be in control when it went on a power play midway through final period, but a fluke shorthanded tally gave the Fighting Hawks life. A too-many-men penalty put North Dakota on the power play and it connected at 16:17 cutting the lead to 4-3.

North Dakota pulled McIntyre for an extra skater and pressed for an equalizer, but Eichel ended the threat with an empty-netter, sending BU (28-7-5) to its 11th NCAA championship game.

Looking ahead

Terrier recruit Quinn Hutson's 14th goal was the game-winner in Muskegon's 5-1 victory against Dubuque.

Looking back

Evan Rodrigues scored a power-play goal and added an assist in the Penguins’ 5-2 win against the Rangers.

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