By Matt Noonan
BOSTON, MA – Rapid reactions from the 28th Hockey East championship.
How the game was won: Freshman Johnny Gaudreau, (two goals, one assist) netted BC’s first two strikes in the opening frame, which provided the Eagles with a comfortable, 2-0 lead that eventually ballooned to 4-1 victory. Maine managed to register one goal late in the second period when senior Brian Flynn beat BC junior netminder Parker Milner on a backhand.
Johnny B. Goode: Johnny Gaudreau not only tallied three points in the win, but also his 18th and 19th goals of the season. He also recorded his 20th assist when he connected with junior Pat Mullane for the Eagles third goal.
Black Bears Power Play: One of the downfalls for Maine was not being able to score on the power play. They finished the contest with five chances, but couldn’t tally a single goal. Against Boston University in the semi-finals on Friday, Mar. 16, the Black Bears tallied four of their five goals on the power play.
Twice Is Nice: For the second time in three seasons, BC has defeated Maine in the championship. In March of 2010, the Eagles beat the Black Bears, 7-6 in overtime.
Three-Peat: The BC Eagles earned their third consecutive conference crown on Saturday, and will now receive an automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA hockey tournament, which is slated to kick-off next weekend.