Hockey teams end seasons

Men bow out in conference final
With less than a minute remaining and the Eagles down 4-3 to UMass Lowell in Saturday’s Hockey East Tournament final, Ryan Fitzgerald’s shot clanged off the crossbar behind the UMass Lowell goalie. The comeback from a 4-2 deficit ended, as did the Eagles’ season.

Finishing 21-15-4 (13-6-3), the Eagles missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 8 years, falling just outside qualification. It was, however, the 8th consecutive season BC has won 20 games or more, 3rd longest such streak in the nation behind Denver and North Dakota. The Eagles were among 3 teams tying for the this season’s Hockey East regular season title.

BC had beaten BU, for the 1st time this season, 3-2 the previous evening. In the title game, the Eagles outshot UMass Lowell, 41-25.

San Clemente’s Scott Savage and Austin Cangelosi were named to the All-Hockey East 3rd team, while freshman goalie Joe Woll made honorable mention.

Women lose heartbreaker in Frozen Four
With 16.2 seconds remaining in a scoreless tie, #1 Wisconsin scored to defeat the Eagles in Friday’s semifinal of the NCAA Tournament.

Junior goaltender Katie Burt had made 35 saves, one shy of her career best, to that point, but it was the Badgers who advanced to the NCAA championship final. BC had 22 shots on goal, compared to Wisconsin’s 36.

BC entered the game ranked #4 and finished with a 28-6-5 record. Junior defenseman Megan Keller was named 1st team all-America for the second straight year. Keller was the only Hockey East representative on the 12-women all-America team. Earlier she had been named the first defenseman to win the Hockey East Player of the Year award.

Hockey teams advance

Women in Frozen Four!
The #4-ranked Eagles play #1 Wisconsin Friday at 3 pm PT in the opening game of the NCAA Frozen Four national championship. This is BC’s 3rd-straight appearance in the national semifinals and the 6th in the last 7 years.

On Saturday, BC defeated #6 St. Lawrence, 6-0, to advance to the Frozen Four. With the win, the Eagles (28-5-5) moved to 3-0-2 against nationally ranked teams. Five Eagles had two or more points in the St. Lawrence win, led by Kenzie Kent, who had 1 goal and 2 assists. Goaltender Katie Burt had 24 saves and her 8th shutout of the season.

Other teams in the Frozen Four are #2 Clarkson and unranked Minnesota.

Men in Hockey East Semis
Following a two-game sweep of Vermont, BC men’s hockey team will play BU Friday at 5 pm PT in the second game of the Hockey East Tournament semifinals. The game will be telecast on NESN and ESPN3.

The Eagles (20-14-4) (13-6-3) scored 7 goals in each game against Vermont, shutting out the Catamounts in the first game and allowing 4 goals in the second.

Ranked #14 in the country and tied for 15th in the pairwise rankings, BC  is on the bubble for the 16-team NCAA tournament. The Eagles certainly have to win the BU game and may well have to win the Hockey East Tournament to make the NCAAs.

Beanpot downer

Colin White (15) scored his second career Beanpot goal against Northeastern

Colin White (15) scored his second career Beanpot goal against Northeastern

In nearly a quarter-century, Harvard had not won the Beanpot and BC had not finished less than 3rd. Last night, Harvard won the title and BC lost to finish last, both for the first time since 1993. BC Coach Jerry York had never lost a Beanpot consolation game before last night.

BC and Northeastern were tied with about a minute to go, when David Cotton scored to put the Eagles ahead, 3-2. But the goal was disallowed because of goalie interference, a call disputed by Coach York. Northeastern turned the game around with a quick score under a minute and added its 4th into an empty BC net.

The Eagles fell to 18-12-2 (13-4-1). They remain in front of Hockey East but fell to #11 in the national rankings and are “on the bubble” for selection to the NCAAs. BC plays #16 Vermont twice, Friday and Saturday, at Conte Forum and ends the regular season with a home-and-home against #6 UMass-Lowell on February 23 and 24.