Saturday, April 11, 2015

NCAA Championship Game Day: BU vs. Providence

Six years to the day of its last national championship, won in Washington D.C., BU faces conference rival Providence for all the marbles. Game time at TD Garden in Boston is 7:30 p.m. ET for the contest that will air on ESPN and TSN2.

Previous All-Hockey East finals were played in 1999 when Maine defeated New Hampshire and in 1995 when the Terriers defeated Maine for their fourth NCAA crown.

Providence has only reached the Frozen Four once before, in 1985 when the Chris Terreri-led Friars lost to RPI in the final, 2-1. PC’s head coach that year was former BU All-American Steve Stirling, who captained the Terriers to their first NCAA title in 1971. That season, Stirling scored a team-best 70 points, tied for fifth-best in BU history with Vic Stanfield and now with Hobey Baker Award winner Jack Eichel.

The game will match two of the biggest and best goaltenders in college hockey. BU’s 6’6” junior Matt O’Connor is 15-0-1 in his last 16 decisions  with a 2.13 GAA and a .928 save percentage, while PC’s 6’5” junior Jon Gillies brings a 1.98 GAA and .930 save percentage.

BU’s top scorers are Eichel (70), senior Evan Rodrigues (61) and junior Danny O’Regan (49). The Friars are led by Nick Saracino (38) Shane Luke (31) and Noel Acciari (31).

Watch Parties (details and links)
□ Pre-game gathering and Watch Party at The Harp
□ Watch Party at George Sherman Union (free food), sponsored by the Dean of Students
□ Regional alumni watch parties in New York City, Austin, Minneapolis, Portland, Ore., Seattle and Washington, D.C.

● preview, Game Notes, Game Tracker, Terrier Sports Radio Network Webcast
● Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blog
Daily Free Press preview
● ESPN Championship preview (2 videos)
● College Hockey News: Championship preview ;
● College Hockey Inc. Two Freshmen’s Paths: Hickey and Walman   

► Extended video highlights of semifinal victory

Hobey’s Youngest Winner
Daily Free Press: Eichel Wins Hobey
Teammates discuss Hobey winner (video)

Looking ahead
2015 recruit Robert Carpenter (photo) scored his second hat trick of the season in Sioux City’s 5-3 win against Sioux Falls. The former Austin Prep All-Scholastic now leads the USHL in goals with 35 and also has recorded 28 assists. 2016 recruit Kieffer Bellows, who trails Carpenter by two goals, assisted on a goal for Sioux Falls.

2015 recruit Sean MacTavish scored Lincoln’s only goal in a 6-1 loss to Omaha.

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