Northeast Regional Final: Boston College 4, Miami 3 — Final (OT)

Posted by: Mike Machnik

7:35 p.m. – Joe Whitney is the hero, diving to swat a rebound past Zatkoff at 12:12 of OT to punch BC’s ticket to Denver. A heartbreaking loss for Miami, again so close to a Frozen Four berth, and after so many great chances. Good night from Worcester.

7:33 p.m. – 8:43 left, tied 3-3. BC coach Jerry York took his timeout midway through the OT with Miami dominating and outshooting BC 9-1.

7:24 p.m. – 13:01 left in OT. Muse had to fall on a loose puck after a shot from the point by Martinez. Miami with the better of chances here and outshooting BC 5-1.

6:58 p.m. – And we’re headed to the extra session for the right to go to Denver, tied 3-3. Shots are 38-27 BC. Miami is 3-0-1 in OT this year, including a win last night over Air Force. BC has much more OT experience, 14 games, and the Eagles are 3-3-8 including the triple overtime win over UNH in the HEA semis.

6:50 p.m. – 3:38 to play, tied at 3-3. Bertram had a golden opportunity on the rebound to regain the lead for BC near the end of a power play, but he shot it right into the pad of Zatkoff.

6:34 p.m. – Ryan Jones ties it for Miami with 10:58 to play! He scores on the doorstep, not much Muse could do. Looked like Jones may have taken his man down behind the net without a call just before the goal, but no complaining from the BC side. It comes after several good chances for Miami this period — Muse stopped Kaufman on a redirect early on, then Mercier point blank at the tail end of a Miami power play.

6:04 p.m. – 3-2 BC after two, as the Eagles completed the trifecta with their third in 1:58. It came with 1:14 left after a Miami mistake in the offensive end. BC’s Dan Bertram poked the puck away from a pinching D at the left hash mark and started off a 2-on-1, feeding Ben Smith for the sophomore’s 23rd. And just like that, everything Miami had worked to establish for nearly two periods was erased. Shots are 26-19 BC.

5:56 p.m. – Wow! The Eagles just struck for two goals :14 apart to tie the game. First it was Petrecki one-timing a feed from Gannon on the weak side on a delayed call against the RedHawks. Then off the center ice draw, Gerbe raced up ice and shot in a pass from Gibbons. 2-2, now 1:58 left in the second.

5:41 p.m. – Perhaps the key sequence of the game, as the RedHawks killed off a penalty with Zatkoff making several spectacular saves off the likes of Gerbe and Smith. Then :22 after the penalty expired, Kaufman brought it up ice on a rush and centered to an uncovered Nino Musitelli trailing the play, and the senior slammed it past Muse for his ninth of the year to make it 2-0 Miami. Shots 20-12 BC, 7-2 this period, but the RedHawks have a two goal lead which looks big right now the way Zatkoff is playing.

5:10 p.m. – Jeff Zatkoff is playing well, and Miami has a 1-0 lead on BC after one. The RedHawks are 22-0 this year when scoring first, and 20-0-1 leading after one. BC is 5-7-4 when scored on first, and 4-6-2 when trailing after one. Shots 13-10 BC.

4:54 p.m. – Midway through the first, Miami on top 1-0. The RedHawks got a goal just 1:20 in during a 4-on-4 when Jarod Palmer buried the rebound of a shot by Alec Martinez after both went hard to the net. This is going to be a hard-fought game.

4:20 p.m. – About to get underway here in Worcester. Miami’s Nathan Davis won’t dress with the shoulder injury he re-aggravated last night against Air Force. The big line should be Jones-Camper-Wingels for the RedHawks. Muse in net for BC and Zatkoff for Miami.

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  1. Mike McMahon Says:

    Mike and the boys — Because I don’t get ESPN-U, and because I was unable to make it there today, just wanted to give you guys a shout out for doing a GREAT job on the updates. It’s frustrating not being able to watch, I’ll tell you that!