Boston College edges North Dakota
Chris Collins made North Dakota pay for its mistakes, and Boston College’s unselfish play helped the Eagles advance to the NCAA Frozen Four title game for the first time since 2001.
Streaking in alone in the second period, Collins got a pass from teammate Benn Ferriero and buried the puck in the back of the net to lead Boston College to a 6-5 victory over North Dakota on Thursday in the semifinals.
“They weren’t ready for that,” Collins said. “To be skating out across the blue line and Benn Ferriero putting it right on my stick was pretty nice.”
Collins scored three goals and the Eagles didn’t let North Dakota bully them out of the NCAA tournament like they did last season.
Badgers one victory from first title since 1990
With two brilliant dashes up the ice, one ending with an acrobatic leap and a highlight-reel goal and the other ending with a celebration of another Wisconsin goal, this time from his back side, UW junior Ross Carlson helped lift the Badgers to within one victory of their season-long goal:
An NCAA men’s hockey championship, a prize that has eluded UW’s proud program since 1990.
One more victory in the Bradley Center, only 90 minutes from the Madison campus and almost certainly in front of another crowd dominated by red-clad UW fans, will end the drought.
Cold statistics cannot convey the importance of their contributions.
Point totals do not measure the amount of energy they channel to their teammates on the ice and to the University of Wisconsin fans in the stands.
Heights and weights do not measure their heart.
So even though the members of UW’s fourth line did not generate the goal that carried the Badgers to a 1-0 victory over Cornell and into the Frozen Four for the first time since 1992, UW’s season might be finished if not for the overall play of that unit in the three-overtime marathon last weekend.
“If you ask anybody in that dressing room,” senior captain Adam Burish said, “if we didn’t have that line, we wouldn’t be where we are right now.”