Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Looking back: BU's Fourth National Championship

This Day in Terrier Hockey History

April 1,1995: BU nails 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 face off to the left of Maine’s Blair Allison. BU stretched the lead to 3-0 on second period goals by Chris O’Sullivan (photo) 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. Freshman 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 and was joined on the all-tournament team by Shawn Bates and Kaj Linna.

Terriers had won the Hockey East title, beating Providence, 3-2, in the championship game, then beat Lake Superior State, 6-2, and Minnesota, 7-3, to advance to the NCAA title game. Led by first team All-American Mike Grier (55 points), O’Sullivan (56) and Joubert (52),  BU finished the season with ten consecutive wins and 15 victories in its final 16 games to compile an overall record of 31-6-3, third most wins in program history and . The team’s 224 goals were also third best in program history.  
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