2009-10 COLLEGE HOCKEY POSTSEASON SPECIAL COVERAGE – NCAA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP
Boston College entered the Frozen Four as the hottest team in the country. The Eagles will leave Detroit with another national championship.
Sophomore forward Cam Atkinson scored two of the Eagles’ four third-period goals and junior goalie John Muse stopped 20 shots to whitewash Wisconsin 5-0 Saturday night.
The Eagles (29-10-3) end the 2010 season on a 13-game unbeaten streak and claimed their second title in three years and fourth overall. Boston College also got a measure of revenge for the Badgers’ 2-1 conquest of the Eagles in the 2006 final.
Boston College took the lead for good on a power-play goal 12:57 into the game. Senior Ben Smith, the Frozen Four most outstanding player, took passes from Steven Whitney and Joe Whitney and beat Wisconsin tender Scott Gudmandson to his left for a 1-0 edge.
After a scoreless second period, the Eagles broke through for three goals in the first 7 ½ minutes of the third period to blow the game open. With 1:38 gone in the period, Atkinson scored off Joe Whitney’s assist. At the 3:40 mark, Chris Kreider found the net, with helpers credited to Jimmy Hayes and Philip Samuelsson. Finally, with 7:20 elapsed in the third frame, Atkinson scored on another power play, with Brian Gibbons assisting, for a 4-0 Eagles lead.
BC then cashed in an empty-netter for the last goal of the season. Matt Price scored an unassisted, uncontested goal with 4:31 left in the period to go up 5-0.
Gudmandson made 21 saves for the Badgers (28-11-4).
NOTES: Boston College’s last loss came at Northeastern, falling 3-2 Feb. 19. The Eagles tied New Hampshire March 5. … BC trailed just 55 seconds during its 13-game unbeaten streak. … The Eagles downed Notre Dame for the 2008 title. … Boston College beat Miami (Ohio) 7-1 in the semifinals Thursday, while Wisconsin downed the Rochester Institute of Technology 8-1. … The Eagles lead the all-time series 12-9 and have won four straight meetings with the Badgers. … Wisconsin was seeking its seventh national championship. … Boston College’s seniors finished their careers with a 25-2 postseason record. … This was the Eagles’ fourth final in the last five years. Besides losing to the Badgers in 2006 and beating the Irish in 2008, they lost to Michigan State in 2007.
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