Eagles capture NCAA championship
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Nathan Gerbe posted two goals and two assists to help the Boston College Eagles capture their third NCAA championship with a 4-1 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Ben Smith registered a goal and two assists for the Eagles, who captured their first title since 2001. Boston College was making its third straight appearance in the championship game. Last year, the Eagles lost to Michigan State, 3-1. In 2006, Boston College fell to Wisconsin, 2-1.
John Muse made 20 saves to earn the victory.
Kevin Deeth netted the lone goal for the Fighting Irish, who reached the title game for the first time in the program's 40-year history. Jordan Pearce allowed four goals on 23 shots in defeat.
Following a defensive first period in which scoring chances were kept at a premium, the Eagles got on the board at the 2:23 mark of the second. Off the cycle, Brian Gibbons sent a backhand pass from the goal line for Gerbe, who ripped a shot from the bottom of the left circle high over the glove of Pearce.
Boston College grabbed a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal. Notre Dame's Ryan Thang was called for interference and the Eagles quickly went to work. Gerbe threaded a pass to Smith, whose laser from the slot sailed wide of the net and bounced off the end boards. Gerbe jumped on the loose puck at the right side of the goal and stuffed it past Pearce at 5:37 of the second.
Another goal with the man-advantage, gave the Eagles a commanding 3-0 lead in the second. Joe Whitney rifled a slap shot from the high slot that deflected off the right skate of Notre Dame defenseman Teddy Ruth and beat Pearce on the stick side at 8:11.
The Fighting Irish responded less than a minute later, as they took advantage of a poor line change by BC. Deeth gathered a cross-ice feed from Kyle Lawson and fired a shot from the left circle that found room in the far side of the net at 9:07.
Notre Dame appeared to narrow the deficit to 3-2 at 4:56 of the third period. Originally ruled a goal by the official, the play underwent a lengthy review and the footage revealed that Lawson used a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net.
Shortly after the disallowed tally, Gerbe made a backhand pass between his legs to get the puck out front to Smith, whose shot eluded Pearce at 5:31.
Notre Dame threw everything it had left at Muse, but couldn't mount a comeback, and, as the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Eagles players spilled off the bench to celebrate their victory.
04/12 22:22:43 ET