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Top line, short-handed goals carry Colorado College past top seed Boston College

— When Jimmy Hayes scored 19 seconds into Friday’s West Regional semifinal to give Boston College a quick 1-0 lead, it looked as though the defending national champions might be headed toward another high-scoring, lopsided victory.

Instead, the Eagles found themselves in unfamiliar territory, down 4-1 at the end of one, as Colorado College dominated on its way to an 8-4 win and a shot at the Frozen Four against Michigan Saturday night.

“It was a gutsy effort by our guys, I felt,” said CC coach Scott Owens, “but in the last few weeks, we’ve been on kind of a quiet little roll here and it’s been kind of the same formula — power play to give us a spark, Joe Howe to make some key saves, and then our penalty killing, which has gotten pretty good these last four or five weeks.”

 Top line, short handed goals carry Colorado College past top seed Boston College The line of Jaden Schwartz, Rylan Schwartz and Stephen Schultz combined for four goals — three in the first period — and 10 total points. The Tigers went 3-for-4 on the power play while killing all five BC advantages and scoring two short-handed goals, all while being outshot 43-36 in the game, 16-7 in the last period alone.

“Boston College is obviously a great team, a great offensive team, and you never felt safe even when it was 7-2 to start the [third] period,” said Owens. “Obviously the Schwartz, Schwartz and Schultz line gave us tremendous momentum and [I'm] just very, very pleased that we were able to come out with the win tonight.”

It was Schultz who answered BC’s opening goal on the power play at 4:34 in the first, from the Schwartz brothers. At 7:47, Jaden Schwarz gave the Tigers the 2-1 lead from Rylan Schwartz and Schultz. At 8:02, it was Rylan’s turn — from Jaden. David Civitarese scored short-handed at 18:42 in the first to give CC a wide lead.

“Colorado College certainly deserved the game tonight,” said BC coach Jerry York. “They were just much better than we were in a lot of facets of the game, particularly special teams. They didn’t surprise us. We knew they were a very good hockey team. We knew they had good special teams. We were just unable to contain [them] and win those special team battles.”

In addition to Civitarese’s short-handed goal, Alexander Krushelnyski potted one at 15:34 in the second — less than two minutes after Jaden Schwartz scored on the power play.

“We normally don’t score short-handed,” said Owens. “We’ve got three on the year coming into tonight. We were more afraid of Boston College’s 13 short-handed goals. But you know what? We got into a good rhythm, where we were able to get quick shifts and quick changes — [Nick] Dineen and [Tim] Hall, and then Krushelnyski and Civitarese — and we were able to make good clears.

“We tired a little bit in the end, but it’s one of the things we’ve done well these last four or five weeks. It’s very uncharacteristic. We see Civitarese make that play in practice, where he cuts into the net … and it was actually nice to see it in a game, and I thought Krush’s goal was a beautiful goal, too.”

“Certainly the two short-handed goals were really difficult for us to accept,” said York.

The Tigers capped the game with Dakota Eveland’s power-play goal with nine seconds left in the third.

“Colorado played a great game,” said BC senior goaltender John Muse, who had never lost an NCAA tournament game until Friday. “Things didn’t go our way. It’s a learning experience.”

Muse finished the night with 22 saves on 29 shots through the first two periods. Sophomore Parker Milner played the third period and gave up one goal.

For CC, Howe stopped 39 of 43 shots.

When the Tigers meet the Wolverines on Saturday, it will be a rematch of a 6-5 Michigan victory in the 2010 Great Lakes Invitational on Dec. 30 in Detroit. “We came out on the short end of that,” said Schultz, “but I wouldn’t want to be playing anyone else but Michigan tomorrow night.”

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  • chiefsquatandleaveit

    BC gets blasted by the 5 the best team in the WCHA. LMAO, where are all the idiotic eagle fans now.

    • MC hockey fand

      or would it be an idiot who chooses to call the nation’s best college hockey fans names

      • Jdorf40

        I don’t know about “nation’s best college hockey fans” but BC doesn’t deserve to be bashed for losing a game in that fashion. I actually hate BC, but I respect the heck out of them as they’ve been executioners for my Sioux in the past. I’m fired up that BC is out of it, but in all reality, they’ve had a ridiculous stretch over the past few years. It’s unrealistic in a 1 and done format to win this tournament every year, or even make the finals. BC is one of the top 2 teams in the country period, regardless of the result last night. And CC is no cupcake. They came to play last night and it showed. Had they not, the score would have been flip flopped.

        • Joe C

          As a BU alum, I was happy to see this outcome. I will have some good laughs at the expense of the BC fans I know. I guess Jerry York can have that beer with Jack Parker and talk about Hockey East hosting the Northeast Regional. Maybe Jack can invite his buddy Cronin.

          Having said that, I do not see the point of insulting fans of Boston College or any other team. It is a one-and-done tournament and things can quickly spiral out of control for any team. There is no need to whitewash other people and use derogatory terms here.

          Thanks jdorf and others for calling out posters that like to insult other fans and make ridiculous syllogisms based on anecdotal evidence.

          • titletown

            What exactly will you be laughing at? Your Beanpot loss, the fact that BU was unable to win a single game against BC this year?

      • bmgarvert

        Wisconsin has the best fans……thus the attendance records.

        • Cornell guy

          Wisconsin fans are great. Losing to Wisconsin in triple overtime in 2006 sucked but the fans we encountered before, during, and after the game were friendly and gracious. Contrast that with our 2005 experience in Minnesota was night and day.

    • Hockey fan

      Don’t let one idiot fan speak for the WCHA. BC ran into a buzz saw. Hat’s off to your seniors.

  • SiouxAlumDenver

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Where are all the BC apologists now? Congrats CC!

  • EagleFan

    hey look, we got beat tonight and CC deserved to win. The bottom line is that the players on our team have been more successful that any other players currently playing in college hockey. Talk smack all you want because CC was the better team tonight, but over the last 10 years no team has been as good as BC.

    Congrats to the Tigers, they earned it and I hope to see them make a run.

    • UMDBULLDOGS

      Denver has also been very successful over the last 10 years…

      • TheWeasel

        But their not from boston? Weird

  • titletown

    Listen, Sioux, your team has been on the end of getting blown out in the early rounds, and BC has done it a couple times. It’s what makes the “one and done” playoff so exciting, you have to be on your toes every single night. If the Sioux do not win it all, then people will call you overrated. Is that right? no. Is it classy or sportsman-like? No. It’s just plain ignorant. Yale almost lost to a not-so good team, but they pulled it out. There are no style points. Just win and move on, or lose and go home. BC has done more of the former than the latter.

    • Dantheman

      You BC fans are sore losers. HE is completely overrated. CC was 6 in the WCHA. CC has a nice team but nothing great. Yet they blew out BC.

      • 2 out of 3 ain’t bad

        BC destroyed Denver twice at Denver, relax and make sure your home doesn’t roll away

      • guest

        serious question, do you follow college hockey? Do you watch or follow hockey at all on any level? My guess is no because you have no idea what you’re talking about.

        I can’t stand BC, but facts are facts, they are an excellent hockey team. Hockey East is an excellent league, the WCHA is an excellent league. If I’m not mistaken, NoDak got swept by a team that’s not even in the tourney from Hockey East, and BC mopped Denver up at Denver. Not exactly proving your HE is overrated theory.

        However, those games and every game in the regular season is irrelevant come this time of year. It’s one and done. BC played like garbage defensively all game, lost loose puck battles, got beat to pucks, looked sluggish, just didn’t have their game. On the flip side, they hit at least 5 posts and Howe made about 3 or 4 saves that you could call the saves of his career. BC’s offense is a machine and nobody watching the game with the slightest bit of knowledge about hockey counted BC out until CC just started mucking it up along the wall in the last 2 minutes.

        I read some serious garbage on here most of the time and this was one of them, there’s been some intelligent responses in this post though. At the end of the day, CC beat BC in one game. If they played again today I’d bet a lot of money on BC pulling one out. But that of course is the beauty of the playoffs. Give CC all the credit in the world, they had an excellent game plan and executed it beautifully. BC finally didn’t live up to expectations. They didn’t play well….one game…that’s it. The W is a great league. HE is a great league. End of story.

      • Blueliner

        UNH 3 Miami 1.
        Hockey East plays a solid brand of hockey.
        Every one has a bad game once in awhile and that is part of the fun of the Tourney.

    • Jdorf40

      Another solid post. I don’t think we’ve been blown out the last 2 years though. 1 point loss 2 years ago and a 4-2 loss last year. I’m not using it as an excuse, but it is ironic to see the results for both UND, Denver and BC so far in the past 3 years as they’ve each had to travel across the country.

      • titletown

        You’re right, the only blowout was in the Frozen Four in 2008. BC and UND are too good to meet in the Regionals, usually, and UND has had a nice string of FF appearances, lately. I like playing UND, in my mind, and I think I have posted this before, they are the 2 best teams in College Hockey the past 15 years. No offense to Denver and Minn, but BC and UND have combined for 16 FF appearances, 11 Finals appearances and 5 titles, pretty ridiculous.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBVOP7JEIJTGTBGPEMTI67KVLU J

    as a sioux fan im obviously happy for CC but why are sioux fans gloating? im reading it everywhere. most sioux fans have a lot of respect for other teams including myself. BC has been arguably the best team of the 21st century so far lol and the sioux were heavily involved….sioux beat BC in 2000 for title, then BC beats the sioux the next year for title and then over the past few years BC has kinda knocked the sioux out. so the sioux better take advantage of this opportunity because BC will be back even though i hate easterners…weird ppl talk funny and really dont have good hockey….but bc is good for w/e reason…..

    • titletown

      J, thanks for that bit of sanity. As an easterner who has lived out West now for the last 10 years, it’s funny to hear the things you say about us easterners. I have had a hard time finding the robust youth hockey programs for my kids that I had nearby in the northeast out here. Rinks are scarce, have to drive really far, the people talk normal, and I love watching sports early.
      I have been to Grand Forks a couple of times, and the first thing I asked was, “What’s with all the outlets in front of parking spaces?” Somebody informed me that it was heating up your engine because it got so ridiculously cold in the winter. It seems like a nice town, a nice All-American kind of place and the hockey “Stadium”, it’s more than just a rink, is top notch. I guarantee that if you brought some people to BC’s campus, I could show them the better side of us easterners, but yes, we do talk funny.

      • B.D.

        WHere are you living now? In Grand Forks as a kid we had precisely the type of programs you are searching for your kids. Every neighorhood park had an outdoor rink and a team for each age group. And we were required to practice on those outdoor rinks until it got to that rediculous cold you refer to.

        Sad to see what happened to BC last night.

        • titletown

          I have bounced between WA,CA and NV quite a bit. I know 2 of those are not traditional hockey states, but I was surprised living so close to Canada that hockey was not that big at all in WA. We have found a program, and I am loving it. From meeting people from the “Snow belt”, as the banks call it, there are a plethora of rinks, and guys talked about parts of their streets being flooded and frozen so kids could skate, that’s awesome. The density of rinks in NY,MA,NH, and VT was unbelievable to me as a kid, it seemed like I played at a different rink every weekend, and all within a 50 mile radius.

          We, BC fans, have been spoiled latelty by the team’s success. We expect to be in the Frozen Four every year, well, because we’ve been in the Final 4 of the last 5 years (pretty atypical). It’s been a while since we were on the wrong side of one of these “bad losses”, but it happens, we’ll be back, and hopefully we will not get the “curse” of being the preseason #1 ranking.

    • the east rules sports

      You hate eaterners, huh? You said weird people talk funny and that must include you, lol. Do you hate BC players who aren’t from the east? We can’t help the fact that the country started in the east but we can take credit for being the home to MANY championship teams.

    • Jdorf40

      I know what you mean J. It’s almost embarrassing sometimes when I see the stuff that people say on here and they’re tied to the team that I root for. Titletown, that was a great post. I’ve lived in quite a few places too and each place is unique. But I grew up in North Dakota and will always miss it.
      What frustrates me about my fellow Sioux fans is that we hate it when people talk smack about us (especially the last 2 years when we very much deserved it after choking back to back vs. East teams). Yet, I jump on here this morning and many of us Sioux folk, as well as WCHA people in general are talking some ridiculous smack about a team that’s been on an absolute tear for 3 out of the last 4 years. Let’s stop the hypocricy people and face the facts for a change. BC is scary to me. Even when the Tigers were up by 4-5 goals I was still nervous. I think I was nervous about BC coming back until there was about 3 minutes left. Now, let’s hope the Sioux can live up to MY expectations!

      • B.D.

        Jdorf40:

        I assume most of those obnoxious posts come from a single machine that can be found with the operator just stirring up trouble. I assume “Chief Squat and Leave it” as he calls himself today is the same guy who stirs up trouble amongs Sioux fans as a myriad of names equally obnoxious.

    • SiouxAlumDenver

      You don’t understand why? BC is our biggest playoff rival. Seeing them get dominated feels good as a sports fan. When Holy Cross beat MN we were just as happy. Thats what sports is all about. Great, BC has been good lately, that doesn’t mean we can’t be ecstatic when they get smoked in the playoffs. It doesn’t mean they aren’t a respected team this year or a program in general. When we lost to Yale last year, or UNH before that, they were gloating too. It is what makes this time of year so fun. If they can dish it out, they have to be able to take it. So do we. If we lose to RPI today, what exactly do you think people are going to say? Great year Sioux? You’ll get em next year? Come on..

    • Kirk

      If you take all the games between the Sioux and bc I think you will find that the Sioux has more wins in tournament play against each other. Take the victory for the championship in Providence, RI for example. Then take into consideration that you have 7 titles to bs’s four.

      • Lennyak1

        Kirk, BC is 6 out of 9 against UND in the Nationals.

        • titletown

          Since ’98, BC is 5-2, I’m all about bragging rights, but you have to go pretty far back as Sioux fan to find the silver lining against BC in the NCAA’s.

    • HockeyBeast

      Ok first off, thank you for acknowledging BC. However I find your comments tremendously territorial. The east coast doesn’t have good hockey? Last time I checked BC recruits almost primarily out of Massachusetts their home state unlike UND which recruits out of Manitoba and Alberta. Also side note, did you know that the state with the most NHL players is on the east coast? That being New York. Oh and by the way I live in Grand Forks but grew up in Maine, maybe you should throw on some and go out east and run your mouth punk!

  • Anonymous

    CC is healthy and hot. The way they played the Sioux in the Final Five clearly showed they had a chance against BC so I’m not totally surprised they won, just that it was a blowout. To me BC’s a lot like MN but more consistent. ND seems to meet them somewhere in the playoffs almost every year and I’m just happy to have them out of the way. Good luck to see CC against Michigan. Hope to see you in the FF semi.

  • BlackBearsofBoston

    Hockey East is overrated yet has won the National Championship 3/4 and a Hockey East team has been in the final 16/18 years?

    • Jdorf40

      As a Sioux fan I can tell you that in no way do I feel Hockey East is overrated. I think the WCHA is the toughest and deepest conference in hockey, but if you’re a team that finishes in the top 3-4 in Hockey East, you’re probably a pretty solid hockey team. And by solid I mean that they have the ability to beat anyone on any given night.
      I was pulling for CC big time last night and enjoyed watching that game tremendously. But by a combined total of about 16 inches, that game could have gone BC’s way. BC hit the post about 300 times last night and Howe made some redonk saves. It was a really fun game to watch, but BC got out hustled on special teams. Those 2 shorties were mammoth.

  • GoWCHA

    BC shoudl go on American Idol. Their impression of Michigan Tech was crazy good.

    • WCHA fan

      Grow up. Don’t embarrass the rest of us classy WCHA fans.

  • Sioux guy

    As a Sioux fan, I’d advise all the other Sioux fans to stop talking “smack” until we play our game/games this weekend. We haven’t faired well the last 2 years in the regionals and I dont want to see the Sioux look past RPI and be the victom of another early round exit.. Yes, its nice to see BC finally out early but CC is very dangerous now and if the Sioux are going to make a run at the championship they need their best 4 games of the year starting today. I’m excited but I’m not dumb enough to bash the team that’s ended our season far too often in the NCAA tournament.

  • me119

    Let’s forget all the trash talking and talk hockey. Here is the deal, if you have been watching CC as of late they are playing great hockey. Except for last night, the best game I have seen them play was last weekend versus North Dakota. So, they were really coming into this game on a little bit of role. CC has at least two solid lines that stepped up yesterday and produced. Jon Howe isn’t a great goaltender, but he is solid and does the little things right. As for BC, it isn’t easy to travel out of your regional and go play out west. How do I know, because as a Sioux fan the last two years, we have been shipped out east and things didn’t go well for us out there at all. The other point for BC, is to win the Frozen Four, you need puck luck and bounces to go your way, and unfortunately for BC they just didn’t get have any puck luck at all last night.

  • Where Eagles Dare

    My God, everyone is full of themselves, because the Kings of hockey (the past decade) finally had a bad night. A combination of 20 minutes of getting beat to the puck, hitting the post, and bad execution on the penalty kill, did BC in.

    One game…that’s it. But, that’s the way it goes. This is why, the more you look at what BC has done over the past decade (7 FF appearances, 6 finals, and 3 Championships), the more impressive the record is (and, you can add in another Final and another FF appearance just before the decade run started).

    Others have had their big decades, like, Wisconsin’s run from ’73-83′, both BU and Minn. had a fabulous decade in 70′s, Denver ruled most of the 60′s, and Michigan’s owned the first decade of college hockey tournament play. Then, of course UND has been solid over a very long period of time, though this past decade has been a bit dry; and of course other programs like Maine, MSU (and other Mich. teams) have had some nice runs of their own.

    We’ll see if Miami can step up and finally win one, if Yale can get one for the Ivies, or if a “new” team like Merrimack can get past some of the more traditional power houses. Then, looking forward, we’ll see how BC responds to a game where they just looked out of place, for the first time in a long time.

  • Joe C

    As an up-close observer of Boston College that enjoys every time the Eagles lose, Colorado College played an exceptional game that few teams have been able to play against the Eagles. Even down early, BC continued to generate excellent scoring chances. Until the final horn sounded, I feared an epic comeback.

    The truth of the matter is this. Colorado College is a very good team from a very deep league. Boston College is the best team from a very deep league, although Merrimack looked great against them in the regular season. Both WCHA and Hockey East usally have teams in the three/four/five range of their leagues that can beat any team in the nation. Even in a down year for Hockey East, BU and Maine played some exceptional games, but followed them up with stinkbombs and tons of ties.

    Last night’s game is the reason I love the NCAA Hockey Tournament. Win four games and you are the champion. Lose one game and you are done. Congratulations Colorado College.

  • What’s Spanish for yes? x 2

    It was great to see CC come back strong after giving up such an early goal. As a CC fan I have watched far too many times making the tourney and then losing to a [usually more physical] Hockey East team. I’m taking nothing away from BC, they have always been strong. Beating them soundly felt great and I’m really impressed with the team late this year.

    Next up is Michigan, which also seems to have our number. Or maybe I just can’t get over what might have been in ’96. Hopefully it’s time for a little redemption on the way to the Frozen Four. CC can beat anybody on any given day, why not just doing it all this year?!

  • J_o2202

    I definitley did not think that outcome was possible last night. I know Steve and Joe Whitney and their family personally, so I always root for BC subconciously. However, being a WCHA fan from Colorado, I was tickled pink watching CC perfom last night. Even if they played over their heads a little bit. BUT as a Denver fan, the chance of not meeting BC in the Frozen Four is nice. Don’t forget about them Pioneers, Sioux fans. I know the Sioux have had their number this year, but don’t forget about the Final Five championship game. The Final Five rematch tomorrow night (hopefully) should be a barn burner to watch! Go WCHA, Go CC, but most of all, go Rensselaer. Because I would much rather play them tomorow night.

  • Info

    Colorado showed BC’s goalie is highly overrated.

    • Blueliner

      Okay, he’s overrated.
      However, he has WON over 100 games in his four years.
      He is 7an 1 in the Beanpot with 3 Beanpot titles. He has 3 Hockey East tourney titles.
      And, oh yeah, two National Championships.
      But, he is still learning.

  • WCHA Fan 67

    Most good teams have a star or two, but the winners have teamwork. CC won last night with teamwork, the kind that sets things up for your stars at the right time. Someone once said that luck is the residue of hard work. Whatever luck CC had against CC wasn’t a fluke.

  • MoWanchuk

    I think a lot of the smack talk is because BC fans have never been particularly gracious in victory and, on average, have more bandwagon fanboy followers than any other program. In that context, the smack talk is not a rebuke of the BC team or coaches, but a comeuppance for the low road portion of their fanbase.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tomorrows.blues Brian Weidler

    Jaden Schwartz scores two goals, including the game-winner, and the only picture you have of him is in the handshake line? What year did Candace Horgan graduate from Boston College, anyway? :)

    • Candace Horgan

      I actually graduated from Holy Cross, and when I was there, BC was still a rival. Taking photos depends a lot on luck. In the first period, I had a slot on the CC goal line, and most of the action took place at the other end. In the third period, I was on the BC goal line, and most of the action was at the other end. I took the second period off from shooting to live blog. In other words, I was never in a good position to get a shot of Jaden, but I made sure to try to get one when he was in the handshake line.

      • B.D.

        Concur on the luck.
        Once upon a time I was a photojournalist and gotta say to Brian Wiedler that it is tougher than it looks.

  • Bobby Clark smile

    Well done CC! Way to represent WCHA! Anyone that uses this site knows the outcome of the game wasn’t typical of either team. All the teams in the tournament are good teams and “on any given sunday”…..

  • chiefsquatandleaveit

    Just think if the roles were reversed and Denver or UND lost first round BC fans would be classless and all over them. Don’t you all remember them from years past. Now they think they can bow out and deserve class. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. Most BC fans deserve what they are getting. Quit crying, pick yourselves up and try again next year.

    • titletown

      But that perpetuates a cycle of classless fans, is that what you think is “good for the gander”? It’s one thing to brag, I’m all about it. But I don’t see any CC fans bragging here, just a lot random fans taking credit and talking smack about a win their team was not a part of. That is what is classless. I think if UND had lost to RPI, I would have said two things “WCHA may not be the center of the College hockey univers” and “Maybe the ECAC is legit”. I certainly would not have trashed a UND team that won 30 games! That would be ignorant and untrue.

  • http://twitter.com/TwinsVikes_Ruiz Jason Ruiz

    Who’d the gophers play last night?

  • FAN

    Gopher seniors: 0 playoffs. 1 seventh place and 3 fifth place finishes.
    BC ” = 2 Nat’l championships

    For those of you that do not know MN Gopher fans this is par for the course. The good thing for the rest of you is that you do not have to listen to their excuses EVERY YEAR all year long. Every year they are the same. This year they had more seniors (and all played large roles) then every team but one in the league but yet we had to endure another year of whining about how young they were. It is the same thing year after year, excuse after excuse, classlessness(is this a word) after classlessness.

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