And we’re about to get underway. Reload often for updates.
0:00: The Eagles’ Brock Bradford took a holding penalty at the buzzer at the end of the second period, so North Dakota starts the period with a man advantage.
2:00: Penalty over.
5:10: This period has been evenly played so far. The Toews-Duncan-Oshie line has had some great shifts.
8:05: Yet another TV timeout. They just announced that the first 2,500 fans through the door on Saturday receive a commemorative NCAA Frozen Four scarf. Next year – pantyhose.
12:45: It’s been all North Dakota for the past three minutes, and the Sioux fans are on their feet in appreciation.
13:00: BC takes the lead. Gerbe finds Smith with a nifty pass and the freshman beats Lamoureux glove side. Lamoureau got a piece of it, but not enough.
13:49: Porter with the hat trick…for penalties. He goes off for a charge.
15:22: And we’re tied. Oshie steals the puck behind the BC net and roofs a backhander past Schneider. Shorthanded goal.
15:54: And just like that, it’s 4-3 BC. Gerbe wrist shot right of what looked like a set face-off play. Essentially a 5-on-3 goal as North Dakota hadn’t been able to get another skater into the play after the first penalty expired.
16:50: Crunch time. I’m thinking about BC and North Dakota last year…and in Albany in 2001.
17:19: BC’s Brent Motherwell is off for holding. Here we go!
15:47: Another penalty to North Dakota. Finley with a blow to the head.
17:57: BC benefits from a quick whistle. Time out North Dakota.
18:29: Goalie out. 6 on 4.
19:10: BC scores. Joe Rooney beats Brian Lee to the puck on a long clear and puts it in the empty net. Did Lee think it was icing, or was he just out of gas? Timeout BC, now up by a pair.
19:22: Another BC penalty. Sioux net again empty.
19:44: Oh, my. The Sioux make this a one goal game with a power play tally. Porter with a deflection. Sioux net still empty.
19:55: Gerbe intercepts a pass and gets the empty netter. What a wild third period. Six goals in the last seven minutes. 6-4 with five ticks left.
20:00: And an amazing game comes to an end. BC defeats North Dakota in the semifinals for the second straight year. Final shots were 45-29 in favor of the Eagles, who will face Michigan State on Saturday for all the marbles.