Monday, April 9, 2012

Men's Frozen Four 2012 - Tampa Bay - Final Update.

In the final game of the Men's Frozen Four, fans were treated to one heck of a game.  Boston College was able to defeat Ferris State (Michigan) 4-1.  The game was much closer then the final score would indicate.  That tends to happen much of the time in hockey because if your team is down 1 or 2 goals, many times the goalie is pulled in favor of a 6th attacking skater.  That is what happened here the game was 3-1 late, and Ferris State was forced to pull their goalie.

Let's talk about the goalies for both teams for a moment.  Let's start with the winner, Parker Milner, who made 27 saves on 28 shots.  He only gave up two goals the entire tournament.  He went 193 minutes and change without giving up a goal in the tourney.  Quite a performance for a guy who did not have the starting job when the season started.  His counterpart, Taylor Nelson of Ferris State, made 33 saves on 36 shots.  He really kept his team in the game when things could have went south very quickly.  He was a huge reason Ferris State made it to the Finals of the Frozen Four this year.

The scoring was started by Boston College's Steven Whitney making it 1-0 early.  It seems like we have mentioned his name in every update about the Eagles, he is a great player.  Only 2 minutes later, Ferris State tied the game,1-1, when Garrett Thompson found the back of the net.  Paul Carey made it 2-1, Boston College, with a power play goal to close out the scoring in the first period.  There was no scoring in the 2nd period.  With 3:02, freshman Johnny Gaudreau made a wonderful move between two Ferris State defenders to make it 3-1, as seen here:

Gaudreau led the nation in scoring for freshman.  Whitney would get his second goal on the game on an empty net goal, and the party for the Boston College Eagles was on.  It was also Seasons in the Sun's third correct pick for a champion.  Not too bad considering before this year, we had never filled out a bracket for the Frozen Four.  Also, making it harder to fill out the bracket is that it seems that college hockey always has an upstart program like Union(NY) that makes it pretty far in the tourney.

Pittsburgh, arguably the worst city in America (just kidding!), will be hosting the 2013 Frozen Four.  It will be played in the same arena that Cindy Crybaby Crosby plays in.  Maybe he can learn something from this college kids, like how to stop crying about things that do not go his way.  Oh well, it should be another great tournament next year, we cannot wait.  Again, congrads to Boston College on their impressive win in the championship game.

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