Thrilling ride through playoffs wraps up successful season for BC
Hockey East Press Release
They enjoyed a 15-2-1 run in midseason. They advanced all the way to both the Hockey East and NCAA championship games. Their starting goaltender, Cory Schneider, backstopped eight shutouts, including a record six in league play and two in the NCAA tournament. Schneider is one of just seven sophomores on a team that also includes 10 freshmen and another solid incoming recruiting class. Thus, the Boston College Eagles should have plenty of positive feelings about the 2005-06 season and plenty of optimism moving forward despite suffering a 2-1 loss to Wisconsin in Saturday’s NCAA championship game.
The Eagles turned around a rough end to the regular season by picking up wins in their first three playoff games en route to the Hockey East title game. A week later, they avenged a 2-1 OT loss to Boston University in that game by convincingly defeating the Terriers 5-0 in the Northeast Regional final to advance to the Frozen Four. Senior sniper Chris Collins led the Eagles’ wild 6- 5 win in the Frozen Four semifinal victory vs. WCHA champ North Dakota, picking up three goals, one short-handed, one on the power play and one at even strength. Schneider was solid in the championship game, totalling 37 saves, but the two goals Wisconsin scored were just enough to give the Badgers the title in their first trip to the Frozen Four since 1992. BC senior defenseman Peter Harrold barely missed tying it up during a game-closing flurry, hitting the post with just two seconds remaining in regulation.
Wisconsin also ousted Hockey East’s other Frozen Four entry, toppling the University of Maine Black Bears 5-2 in their semifinal match-up. Maine’s Michel Léveillé ended a lengthy shutout streak by Wisconsin goaltender Brian Elliott when he evened the score at 1-1 late in the first period. The Bears were trailing 3-1 midway through the third when Mike Lundin lifted one past Elliott, but the Badgers immediately replied and went on to victory. Wisconsin’s Robbie Earl scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added one assist in the game and also tallied a dramatic goal in the finale vs. BC, brushing off an apparent knee injury on a hard check at mid-ice and rushing in to redirect a puck past Schneider. He was later chosen as the Frozen Four’s Most Outstanding Player.
CCM / RBK HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS COLLINS – Boston College
Senior Forward; Fairport, NY
Had a short-handed goal, a power-play goal and an even-strength goal to lead the Eagles to a 6-5 win over North Dakota in Thursday’s NCAA semifinal.
FROZEN FOUR ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Adam Burish, Forward, Wisconsin (Madison, WI)
Chris Collins, Forward, Boston College (Fairport, NY)
Robbie Earl, Forward, Wisconsin (Los Angeles, CA)
Tom Gilbert, Defenseman, Wisconsin (Bloomington, MN)
Brett Motherwell, Defenseman, Boston College (St. Charles, IL)
Brian Elliot, Goaltender, Wisconsin (Newmarket, ON)
Most Outstanding Player: Robbie Earl, Wisconsin,/p>