Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Was Gophers' loss in Frozen Four a week ago already? Looking back

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under College hockey, Frozen Four, Gophers Updated: April 12, 2012 - 1:19 PM

A week later, the pain has subsided for most Gophers fans hopefully, even those who were there on April 5 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

So here is a look back at Boston College's 6-1 victory over the Gophers in the Frozen Four semifinals.

The Gophers actually played well in the first period. The Eagles did not get their first until 3:48 had passed and that was an easy save for Gophers goalie Kent Patterson. Kevin Hayes fired from the middle of the right circle.

But at 6:03, on their second shot, the Eagles scored. Steven Whitney scored on a tip from in front while he was falling.

At the 10-minute mark, BC still had just those two shots.

Then the Gophers got the game's first power play with 4:44 left in the opening period. Defenseman Patrick Wey went off for hooking. Here was a chance to tie the score or get more momentum.

Instead, the Gophers couldn't get a shot on goal. A bad sign.

Even so, captain Taylor Matson had a big chance with 49 seconds to tie the score but Parker Milner stopped the shot.

The period ended with BC ahead 1-0.

BC TAKES OVER IN SECOND

The Gophers had another good chance to tie the score ealy in the second period. With BC a man short after a tripping call in the third minute, Nick Bjugstad had a chance in front.

Then winger Paul Carey got around Gophers defenseman Nate Schmidt, forcing him to take a hooking penalty at 6:27. Eight seconds later on its first power play of the game, BC had a goal.

Whitney won the faceoff in the right circle, sending the puck back to defenseman Tommy Cross at the right point, he fed Kevin Hayes for a goal from the top of the left circle. The Eagles made scoring look easy. The Gophers were still outshooting BC 15-8, but were behind 2-0.

BC had the next power play, too and Bill Arnold hit a pipe.

Jack Hansen had another great chance for the Gophers with about 2:30 left. He got the puck in the low slot from Erik Haula, but Milner made the save and seconds later, as often happens, BC scores on the other end.

Defenseman Jake Parenteau fans on a swing at the puck and BC is going the other way. Chris Kreider scores his 23rd goal and it's 3-0 with 2:25 left in the middle period.

The Gophers are clearly on their heels now. Looking beat.

BC has a two-on-one, but Patterson stops Johnny Gaudreau. But BC keeps attacking and the Gophers are clearly in scramble mode. Three players try to defend Pat Mullane, the puck-carrier, on a rush and Patterson moves over to cover the left post.

Mullane passes back to Carey, the trailer, who has an open right side for an easy shot with 17 seconds left in the second period. So it's 4-0 BC and game is essentially over. The Gophers still ead 21-14 in shots.

HO-HUM THIRD PERIOD

Hansen scores at 1:26 of the third period for the Gophers' only goal. They were never shut out in the 2011-12 season.

But whatever hope the Gophers had was quickly quashed. Carey scored his second goal of the game 22 seconds later. Defenseman Brian Dumoulin added a power-play goal at 5:51 for the final margin.

CHAMPIONS AGAIN

Two days after beating the Gophers, BC won its third title in five years and fifth overall. The Eagles beat Ferris State 4-1. Whitney and Carey had first period goals and Gaudreau scored the game-clincher with three minutes left.

* BC will undoubtedly be the No. 1-ranked team in the national preseason polls before the 2012-13 season. Although 6-3, 225-pound junior Chris Kreider is going to turn pro, BC will still have nine of 12 forwards back and three of six defensemen.

Also returning will be junior goalie Parker Milner, the Frozen Four MVP.

The Eagles play at the Mariucci Classic, which should add a lot of luster to that four-team holiday event.

PENTICTON WINS SERIES

The Penticton Vees are the BCHL playoff champions. They won the Fred Page Cup by beating the Powell River Kings 3-2 to sweep the series.

Ryan Reilly, a Gophers recruit from Chanhassen, had the Vees' first goal and an assist on the second goal. He is a forward who will be at the 'U' next season. So, too, will his younger brother Mike, a defenseman, who had an assist on Ryan's goal.

Mario Lucia, Don's son, also had an assist on the second goal.

Next the Vees will play either the Fort McMurray Oil Barons or the Brooks Bandits, who are tied 2-2 in  the Alberta Junior Hockey League playoffs, for the Doyle Cup. That series resumes on Thursday, then continues Saturday and, if necessary Monday.

 

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