2006 NCAA Frozen Four Semifinal
BC gets to title game behind three goals
from its leader
North Dakota 5
Orpik, P. Gannon
Watkins, C. Porter
Ferriero, C. Schneider
Stafford, B. Lee
Cory Schneider, 60:00, 36 saves, 5 GA
Jordan Parise, 57:57, 25 saves, 6 GA
BC 11/22; ND 9/18
Plays: BC 1-6; ND 1-8
Some keys to the Eagle win, our three stars
and much more.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Perhaps this is what’s
meant by the term “Hobey Hat Trick.”
Boston College forward Chris Collins is widely
regarded as the least-likely of the three remaining Hobey
finalists to be hoisting a trophy on Friday. But in the
first Frozen Four semifinal, Collins greatly increased his
chances of hoisting a trophy on Saturday.
Collins recorded his third hat trick of the
season Thursday afternoon as Boston College never trailed,
staking a not-as-close-as-the-score-indicates 6-5 win over
North Dakota and earning a trip to the NCAA title game.
Held to just one goal in the Eagles’
regional wins over Miami and Boston University, Collins
exploded on the game’s biggest stage, scoring twice
in the opening period as BC built a 3-0 lead, then providing
the virtual coup de grace in the final minute of the second
North Dakota had battled back to within a
goal at 3-2 as Rastislav Spirko and Rylan Kaip scored for
the Fighting Sioux. But Anthony Aiello’s first collegiate
goal gave the Eagles a 4-2 advantage, and Collins may have
slammed the door hard on whatever comeback hopes North Dakota
With less than 30 seconds to play in the middle
period, Eagles goaltender Cory Schneider fired a long pass
to Benn Ferriero, who was waiting at the far blue line.
Ferriero zipped a centering pass to Collins, who had gotten
behind the North Dakota defense and was crashing hard for
the net. Taking the puck in full stride, Collins fired a
waist-high wrist shot, beating Sioux goaltender Jordan Parise
on the stick side, for a 5-2 lead.
That would’ve been an appropriate game-winner,
but North Dakota mounted a rally in the third, getting goals
from Jonathan Toews, Travis Zajac and Brian Lee. That offense
forced another SportsCenter-quality highlight out of the
Eagles. Third-line center Nathan Gerbe scored the actual
game-winner midway through the final period, deking Sioux
defenseman Matt Smaby to the ice at the blue line to get
a clear path to the net, then tucking the puck past Parise
low on the stick side.
More than a year later, the Eagles felt they
had finally avenged their 6-3 loss to the Sioux in the regional
final last year.
“It was definitely in our minds,”
said Schneider of last year’s loss. “They ended
our season last year, so it’s always nice to return
|Chris Collins' first goal gave
Boston College a 2-0 lead. (Photo by Larry Radloff)
Collins' heroics were just one part of a miserable
afternoon for Parise, who allowed six goals on 31 shots.
BC scored their three opening period goals on just five
shots, beating Parise high on all three, as the goalie had
his worst outing since a 7-3 loss at Denver on Feb. 25.
“I think I’ve had a pretty strong
season up to this point, so no way did I think I’d
give up six goals in this game,” Parise said. “They
knew when to jump and knew when to get in position. I kind
of expected that because they’ve got guys that know
when to jump into the play.”
The first period was indicative of the trouble
Parise had, as Brett Motherwall scored once and Collins
twice, all with shots that went over Parise’s shoulders.
Collins said the high shots were fortunate, and not part
of any scouting report on the Sioux goalie.
|Chris Collins finishes
off his hat trick. (Photo by Larry Radloff; click for
a full-sized image)
“Actually, the scouting report was to
shoot low, so I don’t know what I was doing there,”
he said with a smirk. “A few times last year he got
us low blocker. If anything, we just wanted to keep it at
his pads and look for rebounds.”
By Schneider’s standards, it was a miserable
game for him too, despite getting his 24th win of the season
and the first assist of his college career. Schneider, who
had gotten the Eagles to Milwaukee via two shutouts, stopped
36 shots but had his worst goals-against game since a 5-2
loss at New Hampshire on March 4.
“I’ve said all along it doesn’t
matter if we win 1-0 or 6-5, just win and advance,”
Schneider said. “That’s probably the most dangerous
offensive team we’ll face all year, and there were
probably a couple I could’ve handled better, but a
win is a win.”
As for his teammate's chances to win the Hobey
on Friday, Schneider said he wished the voters could take
Thursday’s game into account.
“I’m sure the votes are already
in, but I think they should have to reconsider after the
way Chris played today,” Schneider said.