Thursday, April 01, 2010

Looking Back--BU's 4th NCAA title

Fifteen years ago today... BU nailed down its fourth NCAA championship with a convincing 6-2 win over conference rival Maine at the Providence Civic Center, which also was the site of BU’s 1978 national title. The Terriers had played Maine three times previously during the season, losing once and tying twice. But on this day, the result was far different.

Steve Thornton, later voted team MVP, got things going late in the first period scoring from a faceoff to the left of Maine’s Blair Allison. BU stretched the lead to 3-0 on second period goals by Chris O’Sullivan and Captain Jacques Joubert, before Tim Lovell got Maine on the board. The Black Bears cut the lead to one in the first minute of the third period on Trevor Roenick’s power play goal. But BU put the game out of reach with O’Sullivan’s second goal and scores by Mike Sylvia and Bob Lachance. Tom Noble stopped 21 Black Bear shots, while Allison had 33 saves. O’Sullivan, a second team All-American, was chosen the game’s Most Outstanding Player. He was named to the all-tournament team along with Shawn Bates and Kaj Linna.

BU finished the season with ten consecutive wins and 15 victories in its final 16 games.
► Team stats
► Full video highlights
► Sports Illustrated coverage link.

Joubert, who transferred to BU after a year at Princeton, will be inducted into the BU Athletics Hall of Fame next month.

Of the members of the 1994-95 team, three are currently playing in the NHL: Chris Drury (Rangers), Mike Grier (Sabres) and Jay Pandolfo (Devils). Thornton and Shane Johnson are with the Belfast Giants in the EIHL and Bates was in the AHL with Manchester earlier this season.

Former Terrier captain and Olympic captain Mike Eruzione was in Omaha for a fundraiser at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and answered questions about Olympics past and present. Eruzione is a part-owner of the USHL Omaha Lancers.

Looking ahead

2011 recruit Cason Hohmann scored his ninth goal of the season in Cedar Rapids' 5-0 win over Fargo last night. Hohmann has 34 points in 56 games as a USHL rookie.

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