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Weekly Release
April 13, 2009
TERRIERS COMEBACK EARNS THEM FIFTH NATIONAL TITLE IN SCHOOL HISTORY
~League boasts back-to-back NCAA Championships for first time in 25 years~

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Reebok Player of the Week Nick Bonino of Boston University
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WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- Boston University captured its fifth NCAA National Championship after an improbable comeback lifted the Terriers to a 4-3 overtime victory over Miami University on Saturday evening at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Terriers trailed the Red Hawks 3-1 with just under a minute remaining in regulation, before Zach Cohen (Schaumberg, Ill.) netted an extra attacker goal with 55.5 seconds on the clock. BU kept the puck in the offensive zone, pressuring Miami until Reebok Player of the Week Nick Bonino (Unionville, Conn.) potted the game-tying tally 42 seconds later. BU went on to outshoot Miami 9-4 in the extra frame, when sophomore Colby Cohen (Villanova, Pa.) scored the game-winner at 12:47. BU was a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill, while ten Terriers got on the score sheet in the title game. With the win, BU’s Jack Parker becomes the winningest coach in the NCAA tournament, having amassed 30 wins behind the BU bench. The Terriers became the fifth Hockey East squad to earn the Hockey East regular season title, Hockey East Tournament championship and NCAA National Championship in the same year. Boston College was the last team to accomplish the triple crown feat in 2001.

In Thursday’s semi-final game, the Terriers topped Vermont, 5-4. The match up marked just the fourth time that two Hockey East teams played each other in the semi-final round of the NCAA tournament, last in 2004 when Maine defeated BC 2-1. The Catamounts bounced back from an early two-goal deficit, scoring three times in the second and outshooting BU 16-6 in the middle frame. UVM went 2-for-7 on the power play, while the teams shifted leads and ties throughout the second half of the game. Vermont blueliners Drew MacKenzie (New Canaan, Conn.) and Josh Burrows (Prairie Grove, Ill.) each tallied two points on the night. Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week Vinny Saponari (Powder Springs, Ga.) tied the game at three before the end of the second, while it was Colin Wilson’s (Winnipeg, Man.) goal at 14:19 in the third that wound up the game-winner, sending the Terriers to the title game for the first time since 1997. Wilson’s line – including Chris Higgins (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Jason Lawrence (Saugus, Mass.) combined for nine points in the game, while BU netminder Kieran Millan made 52 saves on the weekend, earning him Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week honors.

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REEBOK PLAYER OF THE WEEK

NICK BONINO - BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Sophomore Forward; Unionville, Conn.

Bonino recorded three points (1g,2a) in the Frozen Four, including the game-tying goal in the NCAA Championship game with 17 seconds left in regulation.

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PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

VINNY SAPONARI - BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Freshman Forward; Powder Springs, Ga.

Saponari scored his eighth goal of the season on the power play in the NCAA semifinal vs. Vermont to tie the game, 3-3.

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PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

KIERAN MILLAN - BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Freshman Goaltender; Edmonton, Alb.

Millan tallied 52 saves in the Frozen Four, which included 29 in the National Championship Game vs. Miami on Saturday.

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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Josh Burrows, UVM (So., D, Prairie Grove, Ill.) Recorded a goal and an assist in Vermont’s 5-4 loss to BU in the Frozen Four.

Colby Cohen, BU (So., D, Villanova, Pa.) Named Most Outstanding Player of the Frozen Four after scoring overtime winner in championship game

Chris Higgins, BU (Sr., F, Lynnfield, Mass.) Tied career highs in points (4) and assists (3) in BU’s 5-4 triumph over Vermont in the national semifinals and assisted on the game-tying goal against Miami

Drew MacKenzie, UVM (Fr., D, New Canaan, Conn.) Notched a goal and an assist in Vermont’s 5-4 loss to BU in the Frozen Four.

Colin Wilson, BU (So., F, Winnipeg, Man.) Named to All-Championship Team after recording two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in the 5-4 win against Vermont in the NCAA semifinals

CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO’S HOT?

BU’s line of Chris Higgins (Lynnfield, Mass.), Colin Wilson (Winnipeg, Man.) and Jason Lawrence (Saugus, Mass.) Posted nine points (4g,5a) as a line in the NCAA semifinal vs. Vermont on Thursday night

THIS WEEK IN HOCKEY EAST HISTORY

April 12, 2009: Boston College defeats Notre Dame, 4-1, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado for the third National Championship in school history.

TEAM NOTES

Boston University: The Terriers captured the national championship for the fifth time in program history, joining BU’s past championship teams of 1971, 1972, 1978 and 1995... Senior Matt Gilroy (North Bellmore, N.Y.) was awarded the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, becoming the fifth player to win the Hobey Baker Award and the national championship in the same season. Gilroy joins Tony Hrkac (North Dakota, 1987), Lane MacDonald (Harvard, 1989), Paul Kariya (Maine, 1993) and Jordan Leopold (Minnesota, 2002) in that club... Head coach Jack Parker became the first coach in NCAA history to win 30 tournament games, passing Boston College’s Jerry York, who has won 29...Finishing with a final record of 35-6-4, the Terriers recorded the most wins of any team in BU history, won more games than any team since Michigan also won 35 in 1996-97 and won more games than any national championship team since Maine went 42- 1-2 in 1992-93...No team has had a winning record against BU this season, the first time that feat has been accomplished since Minnesota in 2002-03...The Terriers became the first team since Denver in 2004 to win the national championship after missing the NCAA tournament the previous season...Sophomore Colby Cohen (Villanova, Pa.) scored the game-winning goal in overtime, marking the first time this season the Terriers have had a game decided in overtime after skating to four ties in the regular season. Cohen was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the Frozen Four and joined on the All-Tournament team by sophomore forwards Nick Bonino (Unionville, Conn.) and Colin Wilson (Winnipeg, Man.) and freshman goaltender Kieran Millan (Edmonton, Alb.).

VERMONT: With 22 wins the Catamounts (22-12-5, 15- 8-4 HEA) earned their most victories since the 1996-97 season…Vermont posted a fifth straight winning season for the first time since moving to the Division I level in 1974-75…UVM’s Frozen Four appearance was its second in program history…The 18,427 in attendance as part of the sellout crowd for the Frozen Four at the Verizon Center was the largest crowd the Catamounts have played in front of in program history…Vermont was the only team in the nation to defeat national champion Boston University twice on the season…The Catamounts went a combined 3-2-1 against BU and Miami, the two teams that played in the 2009 NCAA title game…Junior Viktor Stålberg (Gothenburg, Sweden) was named a Division I First-Team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Stålberg is the 21st All- American in program history for the Catamounts and the first since Martin St. Louis in 1997. Stålberg, a finalist for the 2009 Hobey Baker award, ranked fifth in the country in goals (24) and he led Vermont in points with 46. Stålberg’s 24 goals were the most for a Catamount since Eric Perrin ‘97, now with the Atlanta Thrashers, had 26 goals in 1996-97…Senior captain Dean Strong (Mississauga, Ont.) played in all 155 games in his career and ranked 35th all-time in scoring at UVM with 107 points (35g,72a).

HOCKEY EAST FROZEN FOUR NOTES: Boston University became the fifth team in league history to win the Hockey East Regular-Season and Tournament titles, to go along with the NCAA Championship...The league now boasts three of the last nine NCAA titles since 2001...The Terriers and Vermont faced each other on Thursday and it marked the fourth time the Hockey East teams have met in Frozen Four semifinal play, the most recent occurence before 2009 was BC vs. Maine in 2004 in Boston. Boston College (2001, 2008), Boston University (1995, 2009) and Maine (1993, 1999) now have won two NCAA titles apiece, bringing the league mark to six NCAA Championships in the 25-year history of the league.

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