Monday, March 30, 2009

NCAA regional bonus coverage

Terrier Nation is still buzzing over BU's 2-1 win over New Hampshire in the Northeast Regional final, yet another game in the NCAA tournament that was decided in the final minute of regulation or in overtime.

From we have a video highlights clip of all three goals and several spectacular saves by Kieran Millan, thwarting the Wildcats.

USCHCO: features by Scott Weighart and Dave Hendrickson, along with a Manchester notebook.
The Boston Globe: a game recap and a Millan feature.
The Daily Free Press: game recap and Jack Parker's thoughts on reaching the Frozen Four.
Inside College Hockey: Regional wrap-up
College Hockey News: Gilroy post-game interview
The New York Times: recap

►To date, Millan has posted the best winning percentage in the nation at .891. He’s also set a new BU record for most wins in a single season at 27.

►When Jason Lawrence’s game-winning goal was knocked in by UNH’s Jerry Pollastrone, more than a few BU fans were recalling the 2003 Hockey East Championship game. One night after the Terriers eliminated BC in double-overtime, 6-5, BU and UNH went to overtime at 0-0 when a Wildcat centering pass glanced of BU d-man Ryan Whitney’s and past Sean Fields into the Terrier net.

► Lawrence's game-winner was his eighth of the season, which is just shy of 25% of BU's 33 wins. He's second in the nation in game-winning goals.

►So which movie title better sums up freshman netminder Kieran Millan? The media was calling him “Cool Hand Luke” after the Hockey East Tournament. But how about “Road Warrior”? Millan is undefeated (11-0-2) in 13 games played away from Agganis Arena this season. His only two losses were on home ice.

Puck luck off the ice
With the top seed going into the NCAAs, BU should have faced #16 in the first round of the regionals, but because the NCAA avoids intra-conference games in the first round, the Terriers instead played #15 Ohio State. And Notre Dame, the #2 seed, played—and lost—to the 16th seed, Bemidji State, the tournament’s Cinderella team.

►At the NCAA Frozen Four, BU will--for the fourth time this year--meet Vermont in the late game, beginning at 8:30. Bemidji State and Miami face off at 5:00 p.m.

1 comment:

I.M. Forme said...

They were lucky to win since they seemed to be skating with cement skates the whole night. The best team won, even if they weren't the best team that night. Feel bad for the UNH kid--bad enough the puck went off him, but it looked like he threw it into the net because of the way he fell.

But am I the only one who saw the phantom hooking call against BU in the 3rd? A pure retribution call since according to the camera, that wasn't even close to a hook.
Melrose and Bgrass didn't even mention it on espn2, since they were so busy being biased towards UNH.

All and all the penalties were ticky tack. Except for that last one of course.


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