~Senior Forward Ben Smith earns Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player honors~
Athletic Republic Player of the Week Ben Smith of Boston College
Wakefield, Mass. - The Boston College Eagles captured their fourth NCAA Championship
on Saturday night with a 5-0 shutout of the Wisconsin Badgers at Ford Field in
Detroit in front of a world record indoor hockey crowd of 37,592 fans. Hockey East is
now the home of last three National Championships with Boston University in 2009 and
Boston College in 2008. The league has now won seven NCAA Championships in the
last 18 seasons.
BC ended its season on a 13-game unbeaten streak (12-0-1), which started back on
February 21. They outscored their opponents, 67 to 29 during the 13-game streak.
Eagles senior forward Ben Smith (Avon, Conn.) was named the Most Outstanding
Player of the Frozen Four with four points (3g,1a), which included the game-winning goal
on Saturday night vs. the Badgers. BC scored four period goals in the title game, as BC
sophomore forward Cam Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.) scored two in the period to finish
the season as the nation's leading goal scorer with 30.
Junior goaltender John Muse (East Falmouth, Mass.) improved his record to 8-0 in
the NCAA Tournament with 37 saves on the weekend, which included a 20-save shutout
in the Championship Game. He becomes only the fourth goalie in the tournamen't history
to post a shutout in the NCAA title game. He was named a Frozen Four All-Tournament
selection, along with freshman defenseman Brian Dumoulin (Biddeford, Maine),
Joe Whitney (Reading, Mass.), Atkinson and Smith. Joe Whitney finished the NCAA Tournament
as the leading scorer with 10 points (3g,7a) in four games for the Eagles.
On Thursday, the Eagles made quick work of the tournament's No. 1 seed with a 7-
1 victory over Miami. Joe Whitney (1g,2a) and Dumoulin (3a) each notched three points
apiece in the victory. The Eagles scored six goals in the final two periods, including
four in the final stanza. Muse registered 17 saves in his seventh career victory in NCAA
Cam Atkinson, BC (So., F, Greenwich, Conn.) Had three goals in the Frozen Four, including two in the NCAA title game
and was named to the All-Tournament Team for his efforts.
Joe Whitney, BC (Jr, F, Reading, Mass.) Notched six points (1g,5a) in the Frozen Four and was named to the All-Tournament
Team. Finished as the leading scorer in the NCAA Tournament with 10 points (3g,7a) in four games.
BOSTON COLLEGE: Boston College is now 4-6 in the national championship
game, winning the NCAA title three times in the 10 last years.
The Eagles last won the championship in 2008, as the team took down
Notre Dame, 4-1, in Denver. This is the school's third title under head
coach Jerry York...Head coach Jerry York improved to 33-18-1 in 17
NCAA Tournaments, including a 28-8 record in 11 tournaments at BC.
York's 33 NCAA Tournament wins is the highest total in Division I history.
With his fourth national championship, three with Boston College, one
with Bowling Green, York now ranks third in NCAA history for championships
won. Only Michigan's Vic Heyliger (1948-56, six championships)
and Denver's Murray Armstrong (1958-69, five championships) have
more titles than York...Boston College junior goaltender John Muse is
now 8-0 in NCAA Tournament competition. Muse was between the pipes
for BC when the school captured its last NCAA championship in 2008.
He has allowed just one goal in two national title game appearances...
Boston College finishes the season with 29 victories, equaling the
total number of wins achieved by the 1999-00, 2003-04 and 2006-07
teams. Those 29 wins place the 2009-10 squad in a tie for the third
most wins in school history. The current record is held by the 1986-87
Eagles, a team that won 31 contests that season...With the Eagles
margin of victory sitting at five goals, the 2010 championship game
holds the largest goal differential since the 1994 title game, as Lake
Superior State beat Boston University, 9-1...BC netminder John Muse
becomes just the fourth goaltender in NCAA championship game history
to post a shutout. Adam Berkhoel of Denver was the most recent
goalie to do so, as he blanked Maine, 1-0, in the 2004 title game. Tim
Regan of Boston University earned a 4-0 shutout over Cornell in 1972
and Gerry Powers kept North Dakota off the board in a 4-0 victory
during the 1968 championship game...Eagles freshman forward Chris
Kreider becomes the first player since Denver's Matt Carle to win the
NCAA national championship and the IIHL World Junior championship
in the same season. Carle accomplished the feat in 2004.
HOCKEY EAST IN THE FROZEN FOUR: Boston College owns a
35-20-0 record in NCAA Tournament play since joining Hockey East in
1984. They have won a league best three NCAA Titles (2001, 2008
and 2010). A Hockey East team has appeared in the NCAA Championship
Game in 13 of the last 14 seasons.
Congratulations to Jerry York and the Eagles and their national
championship. A commissioner rarely gets to be a fan and bring a
rooting interest to a game. But when the games are in April and only
one conference team is still playing, that opportunity presents itself. I
am finishing my 13th year with Hockey East and in that time, we have
had a presence in the NCAA title game 12 times, winning five of them.
(In 1999, both finalists were from Hockey East.) Of the 13 teams who
have participated in the season's last game, seven have been from
Boston College. So I thank the Eagles for those chances to experience
a game like a fan.
Jerry York an his veteran staff deserve a great deal of credit for
these accomplishments. And yet, the second winningest coach in college
hockey history has only been voted National Coach of the Year once,
back in 1977 when he was at Clarkson. Frequently, the most successful
coaches in our game are denied this honor, voters crediting the team
success to a wealth of talented players. So Michigan State's Ron Mason
(924 career wins) won the award just once, same with Michigan's Red
Berenson. Jeff Sauer, who coached at Colorado College and Wisconsin,
winning NCAA titles at the latter, was never his league's Coach of the
For Jerry York, it isn't about individual honors. It is about "team."
And that may be why a team with no All-American selections was able
to win yet another national title.