Sunday, March 18, 2007

Looking Back: Last game in the old Garden

On March 18, 1995, Boston University won the final college hockey game played at the old Boston Garden, defeating Providence College, 3-2, to win its 4th Hockey East championship and complete the second leg of what would be the second "triple crown" season (Beanpot, league championship, NCAA title) in Terrier history. PC 's first period goal was matched by BU's Ken Rausch. Mike Grier put the Terriers ahead in the second before the Friars knotted the score on a Brady Kramer slapper past a screened Derek Herlofsky. Then, late in the second, Chris Drury muscled his way off the sideboards and passed to Matt Wright, who wheeled, closed on the net and whipped a shot past PC goalie (and tournament MVP) Bob Bell for the game-winner. Bell had 40 saves and Herlofsky, 24.

Wright scored the last college goal at the Old Garden; a month earlier, he'd scored the final Beanpot goal at the Garden in BU's 5-1 win over BC in the championship game.

All three Terrier goals in the HE championship game were scored by walk-on players: Wright, Rausch and Grier, who was a first-team All-American and Hobey Baker finalist in 94-95.

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