DETROIT - APRIL 10: John Muse #1 of the Boston College Eagles celebrates with Matt Price #25 and Brian Gibbons #17 after winning the 2010 NCAA hockey championship after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 5-0 at the Frozen Four on April 10, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Boston College Wins Fifth National Title With 4-1 Win Over Ferris State

Saturday night in front of over 18,000 fans at Tampa Bay Times Forum, the Boston College Eagles (33-10-1) defeated the Ferris State Bulldogs 4-1, winning the 2012 Frozen Four Championship and the fith title overall for the Eagles.

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2012 Frozen Four: Boston College Defeats Ferris State 4-1 To Win Championship

Saturday night in front of over 18,000 fans at Tampa Bay Times Forum, the Boston College Eagles (33-10-1) defeated the Ferris State Bulldogs 4-1, winning the 2012 Frozen Four Championship and the fifth title overall for the Eagles. It is Boston College's third national championship in the last five years.

This was Ferris State's first appearance in the championship game in school history. The game was closer than the score indicated, as Ferris Sate (26-12-5) had chances they failed to capitalize on, and tournament most outstanding player Parker Milner was outstanding between the pipes for the Eagles.

Milner made 27 saves against the Bulldogs, and allowed just 21 goals over the 19-game winning streak that closed the season for Boston College. The Eagles defeated their postseason opponents by a cumulative score of 16-2. Boston College now has won the national title in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

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Boston College Leads Ferris State 2-1 After Two Periods

Ferris State got their first man advantage chance in the second period. The Bulldogs had a bevy of chances on the power play, including three more, however, did not score on either and went 0-for-4.

The Bulldogs will have some extra time on the power play to start the third period.

Both teams saw spectacular performances from their goaltenders as well in the third period. Ferris State goalie Taylor Nelson made some highlight reel saves, including a blocker save on a 2-on-1 midway through the third period. Boston College goalie Parker Milner has kept his team in this game, especially after the Bulldogs peppered him on the man advantage.

If Ferris State is going to tie this game up, they are going to have to try and get an ugly goal on Milner. A deflection or rebound goal could help them in tying up this game. Milner has been standing tall in net all night and an ugly goal is the best way the Bulldogs can tie this one up.


Boston College Leads Ferris State 2-1 At End Of First Period

The Boston College Eagles put the pressure on Ferris State’s goaltender Taylor Nelson early and found the back of the net at 3:18 when Steven Whitney scored his 15th goal of the season. Minutes later though, the Bulldogs tied up the game when Travis Ouellette’s shot went passed Parker Milner. Oullette’s shot was Ferris State’s second shot of the game.

Both teams traded chances but Ferris State could not get it out of the zone. At 10:33, Boston College capitalized on the man advantage when Paul Carey redirected a shot from Brian Dumoulin at the point.

The Bulldogs didn’t let a one goal lead phase them, they continued to put the pressure on the Eagles. Ferris State left wing Garrett Thompson had a shot in the waning seconds of the first period and was simply robbed by Milner, giving the Eagles a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period.

Shots at the end of the period were seven for Ferris State and eight for Boston College.


2012 Frozen Four Championship, Ferris State Vs. Boston College: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

One of the more underrated championship games will take place tonight in Tampa Bay, when the title game of the 2012 Frozen Four is played between the Ferris State Bulldogs (26-11-5) and the Boston College Eagles (32-10-1).

Ferris State is in the championship game for the first time in school history, in only its second NCAA tournament appearance. The Bulldogs have been stellar defensively in the postseason, allowing just one goal in all three playoff games.

Boston College has won 18 straight games, and held opponents to two or fewer goals in 17 of those 18 contests. The Eagles have crushed foes in the postseason by a cumulative score of 12-1. Boston College is making its 11th championship game appearance.

Here's what you need to know about tonight's Frozen Four championship game:

Gameday/Time: Saturday, April 7, 7:00 p.m. ET

Location: Tampa Bay Times Forum

Television Coverage: ESPN2

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Boston College Advances To Championship Game, Faces Ferris State

The Boston College Eagles will be advancing to the championship game of the NCAA Division I men’s hockey tournament after they pounded the Minnesota Golden Eagles 6-1 in the 2012 Frozen Four semifinals on Thursday night.

Eagles junior goalie Parker Milner stole the show with 30 saves. The only shot that went in his net was Golden Gopher senior Jake Hansen’s at 1:26 of the third period. The goal was the first Milner has let in in this year’s tournament.

Boston College also relied on their prolific scorers which were on full display as the Eagles scored six goals in this game. Although the Eagles appear to have won handley by a lopsided score, the score wasn’t necessarily indicative of how their opponent played.

Minnesota was simply robbed by Milner. Don’t forget that the Golden Gophers had 31 shots on goal. It was no fluke that this happened. Most of their offensive chances were legitamate, and probably would have gone in if it wasn’t for the goalie on the other end.

Boston College will face Ferris State on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NCAA Men’s College Hockey Championship game.


Eagles Leading Golden Gophers 4-0 After Two Periods

The second period wasn’t kind to the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Minnesota net minder Kent Patterson has faced 15 shots total, let through one in the first, and three in the second period.

Minnesota had 11 shots in the third period but is still scoreless through two periods. One of the reasons for that is the goalie on the other end, Eagle’s junior Parker Milner. Milner has faced 21 shots in the game and is standing quite tall in net. He robbed Nate Condon and Jake Hanson earlier in the period to keep Minnesota off the board.

Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, and Paul Carey all scored for Boston College in the middle frame.


Boston College Leads Minnesota 1-0 After First Period

In the second semifinal matchup of the 2012 Frozen Four, the Boston College Eagles got on the board first when senior Barry Almeida found the net at 6:03 at the first period. Although the Eagles scored first, it was the Golden Gophers that got the most offensive chances in the first period.

The Gophers had 10 shots on goal, although none got passed Eagles netminder, Parker Milner. Milner made some spectacular saves in the first period to keep Minnesota off the board.


Ferris State Advances to National Championship Game, Beating Union 3-1

The first semi final matchup between Ferris State and Union College surely did not disappoint. Both teams displayed impressive defenses, but it was the Bulldogs who came out victorious, defeating the Dutchmen 3-1 to advance to the National Championship on Saturday.

Junior left wing Kyle Bonis scored two goals to lead Ferris State to a victory over Union College.

Both teams honed in on their defensive skills, as everyone expected. Ferris State relied on their defenders to block shots, blocking 24 in the game. Union College did their best to block shots as well, blocking 20 in the game.

The Bulldogs trailed late in the third period and didn’t warm up until the latter half of the period, when its forwards began pressuring Dutchmen goalie Troy Groesnick.

Bonis scored with 4:43 left in regulation, which ultimately sealed the win for Ferris State.

The Bulldogs play again on Saturday at 7 p.m. to face the winner of the Boston College/Minnesota matchup.


Ferris State And Union College Tied at One After Two Periods

Union College scored first when sophomore left wing Daniel Carr scored from Greg Coburn. Coburn originally took the shot, but it deflected in front.

Ferris State did get chances on the power play, where it registered two shots on goal but failed to score on its first chance. However, on its second chance, junior left wing Kyle Bonis took a shot from center ice and it went passed Troy Grosenick at 17:02.

Goals will not come easy in the third period and if either team is going to avoid going into overtime, they should attempt shots even if it doesn’t look pretty at first.

Each team was more offensive minded in the middle stanza. Ferris State registered 18 and Union College had 12 but each goalie is making a name for themselves in net and not letting many go by.


Ferris State And Union College Scoreless After First Period

The matchup between the Ferris State Bulldogs and the Union College Dutchmen was expected to be a defensive one and it was in the first period.

The Bulldogs dominated in the face off circle, winning seven face-offs to the Dutchmen’s one midway through the first period but neither team had a flurry of offensive chances either.

At the end of the period, shots registered six for Ferris State and seven for Union College. The Bulldogs had 11 face off wins compared to six for the Dutchmen.


2012 Frozen Four, Union College Vs. Ferris State: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The first Frozen Four game will be between the Union College Dutchmen of Schenectady, NY and the Ferris State University Bulldogs of Grand Rapids, MI. The game is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. from the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Florida. The game will also be televised on ESPNU.

The winner of this game will face the winner of the Boston College-Minnesota game to play in Saturday's National Championship game at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

The Dutchmen got to the Frozen Four as the top seed in the East region. They scored a 3-1 victory over the Michigan State Spartans in the first game and then a 4-2 victory over Massachusetts-Lowell in the quarterfinals.

The Bulldogs got to the Frozen Four as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region. They opened up the hockey tournament with a 2-1 win over Denver and then in the quarterfinals they won another 2-1 game, this time over Cornell.

The Dutchmen may be favored in this game, but the Bulldogs scrapped their way into the Frozen four so there is a lot that could happen in Tampa Bay on Thursday.

We'll have more on this game throughout the day on SB Nation Tampa Bay, so keep it locked to this StoryStream. You can also check out the SB Nation StoryStream for more on the Championship.


2012 Frozen Four, Boston College Vs. Minnesota: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The 2012 Frozen Four gets underway on Thursday afternoon with the two semifinal match ups, but the juiciest game will probably be played in the nightcap. Minnesota will take on the No. 1 team in the land, Boston College, at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. The game starts at 8 pm and can be seen on ESPN2. For a preview of this matchup, here's Tyler Johnson of the Examiner.

The BC Eagles are the hotter team coming into this matchup. They have the talent, the experience and the intangibles that a team needs to win an NCAA title. They are rightly considered the favorite going into the matchup with the Gophers on Thursday evening. But the Gophers are not to be dismissed out of hand. BC may be the hotter team but they aren’t by much.

Boston College might be the favorite, but anything can happen in the Frozen Four (Ferris State and Union making it, for example).

We'll have more on this game throughout the day on SB Nation Tampa Bay, so keep it locked to this StoryStream. You can also check out the SB Nation StoryStream for more on the Championship.


Defense Will Be On Display Between Ferris State And Union College

The road to Tampa wasn’t paved smoothly for either Union College or Ferris State. Neither team slipped through the cracks and neither took advantage of the single-elimination system in the NCAA tournament.

Both teams won regular season championships in their respective conferences and both teams got to the Frozen Four by relying on their defenses. Combined, both teams have only lost five games this year.

Neither team has won a national championship between them but that could easily change. Certainly not a fluke.

Ferris State’s stifling penalty kill will match up against Union’s power play which is 24.8%. and which one prevails will be interesting as the tournament pans out. According to Ferris State senior Jordie Johnston, sticking to the basics on special teams is key to shutting down Union’s power play.

“Just sticking to our plan on the P.K,” he said. “We're really good in getting into the shot lane. So that's going to be key. And really just not getting to the point where we run around, not getting stressed out out there, and just making smart, easy plays.”

“That's been our success all year, he added. “If we keep doing it, we should have some success.”

That could be quite a task for the Bulldogs though, who are facing an impressive Dutchmen top line. What Union will rely on most though, will be their top-five defensive unit which is supported by senior net-minder Troy Grosenick, who has a 1.64 goals against average and a .936 save percentage this season.

Don’t expect a high scoring game in this semi final matchup. Each team will be honing in on their defensive skills, where both teams have excelled all season. Anticipate a low-scoring game with an intense goalie battle on each end.


No. 1 Union College Dutchmen vs No. 3 Ferris State Bulldogs

WHEN: April 5, 4:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Fl



2012 Frozen Four: How Boston College Got This Far

The Boston College Eagles enter this weekend's Frozen Four as the overall top seed in the NCAA Hockey Tournament. They hold a record of 31-10-1 and have not lost a game since January 21 against Maine. This also includes championships in the 60th Annual Beanpot Tournament and the Hockey East Conference Tournament. Altogether, the Eagles have won 17 straight games.

In the first NCAA Tournament game, Chris Kreider scored a pair of goals and Parker Milner stopped 20 Air Force shots to lead the Eagles to a 2-0 win over the Falcons. In the quarterfinal game against Minnesota-Duluth, Milner recorded another shut out, stopping 33 shots against the defending national champions en route to a 4-0 victory. Four different Eagles scored in the victory.

The game against Minnesota will be Thursday at 8 p.m. and will be played at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Television coverage of the game will be provided by ESPN2.


2012 Frozen Four: How The NCAA Championship Arrived In Tampa Bay

The 2012 Frozen Four is in Tampa at the Forum this year, which is not really known as a traditional hockey location. Typically these Championships are played in more Northern locations, or at the very least places with extensive hockey history. Well, Tampa might not have the most storied hockey past, but it was their recent Hockey history that helped bring the Tournament finale to Florida. According to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, it was the Lightning's Stanley Cup a few years ago that got these wheels turning.

"I think we evaluated every proposal that came in and certainly there were cities that we have gone to many times, more traditional college hockey cities, but I think (Tampa) was met favorably,'' (Wayne) Dean said. "And when it came in, Rob Higgins and his team did a great job of hitting the points we were interested in, so I don't think it was met with any skepticism."

This is the first time the Frozen Four has come to a Southern state, and it's very possible that if the Lightning had not won the Stanley Cup when they did we would still be waiting for that.


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