TAMPA - It's a wrap here at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Boston College (32-10-1) advanced to its fifth NCAA Frozen Four championship in seven seasons with a 6-1 victory over Minnesota (28-14-1).
BC will square off with Ferris State for the title on Saturday night here. Ferris State earned a 3-1 victory over ECAC champion Union in the first semifinal game.
The Eagles scored a goal in the opening period, courtesy of Steven Whitney, and held off a furious period by the Golden Gophers. Junior netminder Parker Milner had a stellar period, keeping his team in it.
In the second, BC made the necessary adjustments and went to work, scoring three goals - by Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider and Paul Carey - to take a 4-0 lead.
Milner lost the shutout at 1:26 of the third when Jake Hansen scored, ending a period of 193 minutes, 49 seconds of play without allowing a goal. It was the first goal BC had given up in the NCAA tournament.
Carey potted his second goal at 1:48 and defenseman Brian Dumoulin closed it out at 5:51 with a power-play tally.
5:51 - Boston College 6, Minnesota 1 - Brian Dumoulin's shot from the left point caromed foff Minnesota defenseman Justin Holl and beat Kent Patterson. All over for the Gophers.
1:48 - Boston College 5, Minnesota 1 - Paul Carey has answered for BC. Just 22 seconds after Minnesota broke the shutout, Carey took a centering pass from Johnny Gaudreau and beat Kent Patterson.
1:26 - Boston College 4, Minnesota 1 - Jake Hansen redirected a shot past goaltender Parker Milner, ending the Eagles' shutout. BC hadn't given up a goal in the NCAAs until Hansen's goal. Milner's shutout streak ended at 193 minutes, 49 seconds.
19:43 - Boston College 4, Minnesota 0 - Freshman left wing Johnny Gaudreau was being hauled down beneath the left circle but still managed to get a pass to Paul Carey in the right circle and Carey fired a shot into an open net for the four-goal lead.
17:45: Boston College 3, Minnesota 0 - Left wing Destry Straight dished a pass to right wing Chris Kreider during a two-on-one break and Kreider puts the Eagles up by three.
6:35 - Boston College 2, Minnesota 0 - The Eagles have doubled their lead with a power-play goal. With Gophers defenseman Nate Schmidt off for hooking at 6:27, BC needed just 8 seconds to convert. Kevin Hayes beat Kent Patterson from the left circle to give the Eagles a two-goal lead.
6:03 - Boston College 1, Minnesota 0 - Steven Whitney has put the Eagles up, 1-0, cashing in on a give-and-go with Barry Almeida. Defenseman Brian Dumoulin made a fantastic defensive play at the other end, breaking up a two-on-one to help set the stage for the goal.
Ferris State has beaten Union, 3-1, in the first NCAA Frozen Four semifinal at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Boston College is about to drop the puck against Minnesota to see who moves on to Saturday night's championship game.
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