18. BC hockey wins national title
This could be the quietest dynasty in sports.
In April, the Boston College men’s hockey team won its third national championship in five years and fifth NCAA title overall.
Led by coach Jerry York, the winningest active coach in NCAA hockey, BC earned the 2012 national title with a 4-1 victory over underdog Ferris State in Tampa, Fla.
Junior goaltender Parker Milner—the Frozen Four’s Most Outstanding Player—was rock solid in net with 27 saves as Eagles won their 19th straight game, a team record. Milner allowed only two goals on 112 shots in four NCAA tournament games.
With BC clinging to a 2-1 lead from midway through the first period of the title game, the Eagles scored a highlight-reel goal in the third period on a Bobby Orr-like move from freshman left winger Johnny Gaudreau to break the game open. BC winger Steven Whitney scored an empty net goal — his second goal of the game — to put the Bulldogs away moments later.
“It was great team defense,” Milner said after winning the title. “It’s everyone on the ice. On the power play, I didn’t have any tough shots, the guys were in the lanes and most of the shots hit me in the chest. It was an incredible effort tonight.”