Apr 10, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston College Eagles defenseman Steve Santini (6) celebrates his goal with his teammates against the Union Dutchmen during the second period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
2014 Top 5 Best Boston College Sports Moments — #3
Boston College beats UMass-Lowell to advance to 2014 Frozen Four; March 30
Anyone who took the drive out to Worcester on March 30 saw an exhilarating hockey game.
Boston College faced Hockey East rivals UMass-Lowell in the Northeast regional final of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The winner was off to the Frozen Four, while the loser went home with dreams of what could have been.
The Eagles looked flat to start the game, but still scored the first goal late in the earliest period thanks to Kevin Hayes. The story of this one, however, would be the punch-counterpunch nature of this conference rivalry that made it to the tourney. Before the first period was out, Lowell had tied the game.
In the second period, it was the same thing. Boston College hit, and UML hit back. Bill Arnold scored the go-ahead goal with 2:36 left in the frame, but UMass-Lowell got the equalizer a little over a minute later.
Not surprisingly, the third period started much the same way, but with a reversal of order. UMass-Lowell got the go-ahead goal to take their first lead 43 seconds into the third, but Ryan Fitzgerald tied it up again just 21 seconds later. By then, the Eagles were playing better and the two teams were about as even as could be.
At 3-3, even though the teams matched each other very closely, there was a palpable sense in the DCU Center that the next goal could win. With 8:44 to go, Ian McCoshen potted it and Boston College went ahead for good, 4-3.
That does not mean the closing minutes were not exciting.
With the win, the Eagles went off to their 24th Frozen Four, and their 11th under the leadership of Jerry York.