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Boston College, Wisconsin to meet NCAA men's ice hockey final
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Ben Smith notched a pair of goals and one assist, as Boston College dominated Miami-Ohio, 7-1, in a Frozen Four matchup from Ford Field.
Joe Whitney added a goal and two helpers for the Eagles (28-10-3), who downed Alaska-Fairbanks and Yale to reach the semifinals for the ninth time in 12 years. BC will take on Wisconsin for the national championship on Saturday.
John Muse made 17 stops for Boston College, which advances to the NCAA title contest for the fourth time in five seasons. Saturday's contest will be a rematch of the 2006 championship contest, which the Badgers won by a 2-1 score.
Joe Hartman picked up the lone score for the RedHawks (29-8-7), who topped Alabama-Huntsville and Michigan to gain the semis.
Connor Knapp was pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots over 23-plus minutes in defeat for Miami-Ohio, which was bidding to reach the title game for the second consecutive campaign. Cody Reichard finished the game allowing four scores on 21 shots.
Smith gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead on the advantage with 1:28 to play in the first period, when he redirected Whitney's slap-pass in the slot.
BC doubled its advantage at 2:06 of the second period when Jimmy Hayes was left alone in the slot to one-time a feed from Pat Mullane to convert a power- play chance.
Whitney roofed a shot from the slot at 3:08, and the Eagles led by three after two periods.
Hartman's seeing-eye shot got the RedHawks on the board at 5:19 of the third, but BC struck back for three tallies in a span of 1:35 to wrap up the game.
First, Cam Atkinson's backhander made it 4-1 at 10:10, then Patch Alber provided a four-goal bulge with 9:12 remaining, wristing his first career tally inside the left post 34 seconds later. Paul Carey finished the burst at 11:45.
Smith finished off the scoring with 3:39 remaining.
In the earlier semifinal matchup, Derek Stepan posted two goals and two assists as Wisconsin routed RIT, 8-1.
Justin Schultz and Hobey Baker Award finalist Blake Geoffrion posted a goal and one assist each for the Badgers (28-10-4), who are looking for their seventh national crown.
Tyler Brenner provided the lone goal for the Tigers (28-12-1), the Atlantic Hockey champions who knocked off perennial powers Denver and New Hampshire to reach the semifinals for the first time in school history.
04/08 23:45:27 ET
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