Northeast Regional | Regional Final
Gets Fatherly Advice
But it wasn't from his father, an NHL
alum — It was Brian Boyle's dad
Ferriero, M. Brennan
Bertram, B. Smith
||D. Bertram, B. Motherwell
Jeff Zatkoff, 60:00, 29 saves, 4 GA
Cory Schneider, 60:00, 37 saves, 0 GA
MIA 9/29; BC 10/20
Plays: MIA 0-7; BC 1-6
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Artie Boyle was just
joking around. Brian Boyle's father, who has known Boston
College forward Joe Rooney since he and his son were teammates
as high school freshmen at St. Sebastian's, thought it was
time Rooney found the back of the net.
So, he made sure he relayed a message to Rooney
through Brian before the Eagles' game against Miami in the
Northeast Regional final. No more posts. No more hitting
the goalie in the glove. Just score.
He really had to twist Rooney's arm.
"I had a few chances last night,"
Rooney said of the game against St. Lawrence in the regional
semifinal. "I hit a post, and the goalie made a couple
good saves on me. Artie Boyle was talking to Brian, and
he was like, 'He played great, but tell him to bury a few
tonight.' So, I did it for him."
"I think [my father] was just kind of
joking with him, but Joe wanted to prove to him that he
could score in the big game," Boyle said. "He
has proved it before, and my dad knows that. He was just
kind of giving him a hard time."
Rooney scored twice in a 2:44 stretch in the
second period to put the Eagles ahead 2-0 and completely
shift the tide in a game the RedHawks were controlling.
BC finished off Miami, 4-0, and will take on North Dakota
in the Frozen Four.
If this kind of ribbing can get Rooney going,
Boston College coach Jerry York may want to schedule Artie
Boyle to roast his entire team in St. Louis.
It was during the first intermission that
Rooney made his most noise, though. After Miami took it
to Boston College in the opening period, he went into the
locker room and let his teammates have it. The senior assistant
captain didn't want to unlace his skates for the final time
on Sunday evening – not this way, not while the Eagles
were in the midst of their longest winning streak under
York and trying to win a national championship.
"We did not play good hockey at all during
that period," Rooney said. "It was kind of embarrassing.
Fortunately, it was 0-0 going into the second period. I
just said it's one and done. There's no tomorrow if we lose.
We have 40 minutes to come together as a team, play how
we can play and move on."
Normally, Rooney is fairly quiet. He's a leader
by example. So, when his teammates walked into the locker
room and saw him like this, they naturally responded.
"He's not a terribly vocal guy,"
said goalie Cory Schneider, who was named Northeast Regional
Most Outstanding Player. "He's not a screamer and a
yeller. He just works hard everyday, shows up to practice.
He has been one of the hardest working guys on the ice,
and he leads by example. If he says something, you listen,
and you respect it. He is the kind of kid you want to follow.
You want to get behind him and see what he does.
"You could see the intensity and emotion
in him. He didn't want to hang up his gear after this game.
You could really see that he wanted to advance. It was exciting
to see him get real riled up and give us a lift out there."
It turned out he didn't give his teammates
much of a chance to grab the bull by the horns because he
was too busy doing that himself. After Benn Ferriero made
a tremendous move to get around defenseman Brad Robbins
and draw Jarod Palmer away, he fed Rooney at the left point,
and he buried the puck to give BC a 1-0 lead.
Not long thereafter, Rooney stripped Robbins
low on the right circle, cut across the crease and curled
the puck past Jeff Zatkoff to push the margin to 2-0 at
5:44 of the second.
This was the second time in a row that Rooney
stole the show in the Northeast Regional final. He scored
two short-handed goals in a nine-minute stretch in the second
period of last year's game against Boston University. His
two shorties pushed a 1-0 edge to a 3-0 lead, and the Eagles
soared to a 5-0 win.
"I seem to like this game, the Regional
Final," Rooney said. "It's so important. We all
want to get to the Frozen Four and win the national championship
from the beginning of the season. It's so easy to get fired
up for these games. You don't really need anyone to talk
to you about it or anything like that."
Rooney has 15 goals and 26 assists this season
so it's not like he is any stranger to the score sheet.
He just gets overshadowed by the sophomore trio of Benn
Ferriero, Nathan Gerbe and Brock Bradford along with Boyle
"He is one of the hardest workers and
best teammates that I have ever had," Boyle said. "I
am really happy that he has the spotlight today."
THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN
The Eagles weren't exactly soaring during
the first period, but Cory Schneider was definitely on his
game. This isn't a rarity for the Boston College netminder,
who has come to play right from the drop of the puck during
the 12-game winning streak.
He stopped all 12 shots he saw in the first
period against Miami. Schneider has a .963 save percentage
in the opening frame over the last dozen contests, allowing
just four goals on 108 shots. He has been even better over
the last eight, giving up one goal on 90 shots – a
.989 save percentage.
"It's big. It's the biggest period of
the game I think," Schneider said. "As a goalie,
you have to give your team a chance to win so if you give
up bad goals in the first period, you're not really giving
your team a chance to win. Very rarely during this span
has the team come out flat, but if they do, I've got to
be there and do my part. Otherwise, they've made life easy
on me so I've got to carry my load and do what I need to
Over the last 12 games overall, he has a .946
save percentage. In the last 10, however, he has a .960
save percentage and 1.20 goals against average. All of a
sudden, the most exciting goalie in college hockey has turned
it on during the most important stretch.
"This time of year is exciting,"
he said. "The playoffs are coming, and it's hard not
to get more focused and more intense."
A draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, Schneider
could have left school early last summer to cash in for
a nice payday. But, he chose to continue his quest for a
national championship, which fell short by one goal and
one ringing shot off the pipe last season.
He struggled early in the year. BC coach Jerry
York thinks Schneider felt the weight of the world on his
shoulders, and the pressure to be perfect – as he
often was during the tourney run last year – might
have been more difficult to overcome than a booming slap
shot. Plus, York said, even Tiger Woods isn't on par with
his critics' expectations all the time.
"I think we expect an awful lot out of
him," York said. "Our expectations are to stop
every single puck. I think that [wore on] him during the
year. 'Hey, I've got to be perfect, Coach. I've got to have
a 100 percent save percentage. I'm a returning All-American.'
He put a lot of pressure on himself.
"I think in late January or so, his save
percentage was good. His goals against were good. …
I told him to just be athletic, relax a little bit, Cory.
It's almost like on the golf course on the first tee. You
expect to hit it right down the middle all the time. But,
hey, Tiger doesn't hit it down the middle all the time."
AND HEARD AT VERIZON WIRELESS ARENA
INCH's Three Stars of the Northeast Regional
Jeff Zatkoff, Miami
stopped 43 shots in the upset over UNH and then 29
more against BC.
Cory Schneider, Boston College
The netminder made some jaw-dropping saves
this weekend, but he was strongest when the Eagles
needed him most. He made a huge stop with the left
leg moving to his left to preserve a two-goal lead
when St. Lawrence had an extra attacker out in the
final minutes on Saturday. And, he was really strong
during the first period against Miami, when the BC
defense wasn't playing that great.
Joe Rooney, Boston College
He didn't score on Saturday, but he played
some good minutes. Then, during the regional finale,
he put a couple home in the second to change the momentum
of the game.
• If you had one too many at one of
the local bars around Elm St., and happened to wander into
the arena, you may have thought you were witnessing a BC-BU
game. Miami's red uniforms look very similar to those of
the Terriers. It's worth noting that BC and BU played in
last year's Northeast Regional final, but BU was wearing
its home whites as the top seed.
• Marty Guerin probably wasn't too happy
with the way his career ended today. At 3:01 of the first
period, Guerin checked Tim Filangieri from behind into the
boards behind Cory Schneider. He was whistled for a five-minute
major and given a game misconduct.
• A little more than halfway through
the first period, a Miami defenseman launched the puck from
center ice, and it caromed off the back boards, then off
the top of the net, then it hit Schneider in the chest as
he turned around. Both of the RedHawks' goals came off quirky
bounces against UNH, and they nearly capitalized with some
help from Lady Luck again.
• Brian Boyle, Nate Davis and referee
Derek Shepherd had a lengthy discussion on the ice during
the first intermission. Shepheard was very inconsistent
with the whistle during the opening frame, and he was probably
keeping the captains within the loop of what is and isn't
a penalty and whether or not he will call that penalty,
which could ultimately be determined by whether or not there
is an odd or even number on the clock.
• Though Boyle is a full-time blue liner
now, he still takes faceoffs. He temporarily switches places
with a forward on the line.
• BC sophomore Kyle Kucharski scored
his second career goal in the third period to put the Eagles
ahead 3-0. It was also his fifth career point. Freshman
Matt Lombardi earned his third career assist and fourth
career point on the play.
• The crowd was fairly strong, especially
considering host UNH got bounced yesterday. The announced
attendance was 7,007.
a TV timeout with a couple minutes remaining in the second
period, there was a shot of Miami coach Rico Blasi on the
video board and a young kid behind him jumping up and down
flashing his BC jersey. It was difficult to tell who was
Souris and the UNH athletic department put on quite a show
at the Northeast Regional this week. Holy Cross has its
work cut out in Worcester next year.
officiating in the first period — and during stages
later in the game — was wildly inconsistent. Referee
Derek Shepherd missed a couple of blatant calls and wound
up whistling some makeup calls afterward. Shepherd is a
highly-regarded official in the college hockey world. He
called last week's WCHA Final Five championship and also
reffed last year's Maine-Michigan State regional championship
matchup. He also called the 2004 Frozen Four game between
Maine and Boston College, when he apparently missed another
call – keenly
noted by the Inside College Hockey staff.
Boston College advanced to its third Frozen
Four in the last four years, and 20th in the program's illustrious
history. BC is 19-7 in the NCAA tournament under Jerry York
and 14-2 in regional play (7-2 in the quarterfinals). BC
is on a 12-game winning streak, the longest winning stretch
under York's watch. The Eagles won 11 straight between Feb.
24, 2001 and Oct. 6, 2001 — including two wins in
Albany to earn the 2001 National Championship. The Eagles
are now 5-0-1 in the Verizon Wireless Arena and 4-0 in NCAA
Regionals at that rink.