DETROIT _ For the fifth consecutive year, the Miami Redhawks were sent home from the NCAA hockey tournament by a Boston team. Last night, it was Boston College who did the honors in a dominating 7-1 victory at Ford Field.
In making their fourth consecutive appearance in the championship game, and 10th overall, the Eagles seemed intent on matching the goals Wisconsin tallied in its 8-1 romp over Rochester Institute of Technology. The last time these two teams met in the championship game was 2006 when Wisconsin scored a 2-1 victory over the Eagles in Milwaukee.
Last night, senior Ben Smith tallied the first goal of the game on a power play at 18:32 of the first period and, fittingly, scored the last at 16:21 to help the Eagles (28-10-3) contend for their third national title in school history.
After losing 4-3 in overtime in last year's championship game against Boston University, the Redhawks were sent home to Oxford, Ohio, by the Eagles for the fourth time in the last five years by the combined margin of 19-4.
11:45, BC 6-1 The Eagles continue to pour it on. Paul Carey just tallied his ninth goal of the season to put this one hopelessly out of reach.
10:44, BC 5-1 The Eagles answered MIami's first goal, resoundingly, when sophomore Cam Atkinson (13) at 10:10 and freshman Patch Alber (1) at 10:44 tallied 34 seconds apart.
5:19, BC 3-1Fighting to avoid getting sent home from the NCAA tournament by a Boston team for the fifth year in a row, Miami tallied its first goal of the game when freshman defenseman Joe Hartman took a point-to-point pass from Carter Camper, who dug the puck out of the corner, and let rip a shot from the top of the right circle for his seventh career goal.
End of second period, BC 3-0 The Eagles controlled a three-goal lead headed into the third, but may have given the Redhawks a bit of a spark when a BC player wound up and uncorked a shot on goalie Cody Reichard after the horn sounded. Players from both sides had to be separated.
14:42, BC, 3-0 Joe Whitney (cross checking) and Miami's Tommy Wingels (unsportsmanlike conduct) have been sent off, creating a 4-on-4 situation.
12:08, BC, 3-0 _ BC's Brian Gibbons has just been sent off for slashing. Miami has its first power play of the period. It was a futile exercise, though, as BC's penalty kill succeeding in neutralizing Miami's man advantage.
3:08, BC, 3-0 _ A little more than a minute after tallying their second goal, the Eagles chased Miami sophomore goaltender Connor Knapp from the game when Joe Whitney potted his first goal the game -- to go along with an earlier assist on Ben Smith's first-period tally -- to give BC a 3-0 lead. Miami now has sophomore Cody Reichard (19-4-3, 1.76 GAA, .925 save percentage) in goal.
2:06, BC, 2-0 _ The Eagles took a 2-0 lead on Jimmy Hayes' power-play goal from the slot. BC gained the man advantage after Miami's Will Weber was whistled for interference. Pat Mullane was credited with the assist when he dug the puck out of the corner and sent it to Hayes for BC's second power play goal of the night.
End of first: BC, 1-0 The Eagles took a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period. Ben Smith capitalized on the power play at 18:32, a mere five seconds after Miami's Joe Hartman was sent off for holding. It was his 14th goal of the season. BC and Miami each had five shots on goal. during the period. Chris Kreider was initially given the primary assist, but it was later awarded to Joe Whitney, who recorded his 24th of the season after taking a shot from the left side.
18:32, BC 1-0 _ After winning a draw in the right circle of the offensive end, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead on a power play goal by senior Ben Smith. Freshman Chris Kreider was credited with an assist after finding junior Joe Whitney with a point-to-point pass. Whitney unloaded with a blast from the left side, which Smith tipped home past Miami goaltender Connor Knapp.
13:18 - BC's Barry Almeida (high sticking) and Miami's Justin Vaive (interference) have just been sent off, creating a 4-on-4 situation.
8:46 - Miami going on the power play for the first time. Paul Carey in the penalty box for interference.
8:20 - Miami has a 5-1 shot advantage and is carrying the play.
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