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The Eagles and Bulldogs staged one of the wildest hockey games one may ever see in Sunday’s Northeast Regional Final. BC, the top seed, survived third seeded Yale 9-7 to advance to the Frozen Four. Yale used three goalies and 16 players made it onto the scoresheet. John Muse remains undefeated in NCAA tournament games though what were stellar statistics coming into the game took a hit.
There was a sense that this might be a high scoring affair since Yale is the top scoring team in the nation and the Eagles are third. The feeling was probably confirmed when Carl Sneep of the Eagles dumped the puck out of the BC zone and it bounded past Ryan Rondeau at the other end for a shorthanded goal and a 2-1 Eagle lead. There were also two four-on-four goals, three power play goals, and an extra attacker goal in the game.
Cam Atkinson had a hat trick for BC and added an assists. Joe Whitney also recorded four points with two goals and two helpers. Mark Arcobello of Yale was the game’s high scorer with a hat trick of his own and aided on three other Yale goals. Brian O’Neill had a pair each of goals and assists and Andrew Miller had four assists.
Muse had 32 saves in the win as each side put a lot of pressure on the opposing netminder. Rondeau started and allowed five goals on 23 shots before giving way to Billy Blase who gave up two goals and had eight saves. Jeff Malcolm took the loss as he allowed the final two goals, also against eight saves.
BC was up four two different times and got up five on one of those occaisions, but just could not finish Yale. Each time the Eagles built up a lead of that size, Yale put the pressure on and cut the deficit to two, but could not get any closer than that.
BC will head to Detroit for the program’s 22nd Frozen Four appearance, including four in the last five seasons. The Eagles, three time champions, most recently won the title in 2008.
The Eagles will battle Miami in their semifinal. The RedHawks are the overall number one heading into the tournament, but BC may have history on its side. The Eagles have knocked their feathered friends out of the playoffs in 2006, 2007, and 2008. BU took Miami out last season in the championship game with their historic comeback.
Wisconsin and RIT meet in the other semi. Last year, BU was the only one seed to survive the first round. Conversely, RIT, a four seed, is the only non-one seed to make it to Detroit.