NEVER SAY DIE!: Terriers Capture National Title in OT Thriller

GO TERRIERS The Terriers won their fifth national title.
The Terriers won their fifth national title.

April 11, 2009

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WASHINGTON - Rallying from a 3-1 deficit with a minute to go in the third period, the Boston University men's ice hockey team captured its fifth national championship after coming back to beat Miami, 4-3, in overtime. Zach Cohen and Nick Bonino scored extra-attacker goals to tie the game and Colby Cohen etched his place in Terrier lore, supplying the game-winning goal to give the Terriers the title.

Colby Cohen's game-winner came 11:47 into the extra frame. Freshman Chris Connolly pulled the puck away from a battle at the boards and passed back to sophomore Kevin Shattenkirk at the blue line. Shattenkirk faked a shot and exchanged with Cohen, who ripped a shot that a Miami defender slid to block. The puck caught the defenseman and popped up over the shoulder of Miami goalie Cody Reichard, landing in the back of the net and setting off the celebration on the Verizon Center ice.

The Terriers needed an incredible comeback just to reach overtime, facing a two-goal deficit with a minute to go in the third period. With goalie Kieran Millan pulled for the extra attacker, Zach Cohen outmaneuvered a Miami defender and tucked in a low angle backhand shot from the left of the crease to begin the comeback, bringing the Terriers back within one with 59 seconds on the clock.

The equalizer came with 17 ticks to go. Senior Matt Gilroy passed up a shot to dish to Bonino who fired a one-timer from the right circle to tie the game.

Colby Cohen was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the Frozen Four and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Bonino, Millan and sophomore Colin Wilson, who scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the semifinals on Thursday. After Saturday night's championship, the Terriers finish the season with a record of 35-6-4, the most wins ever for a BU hockey squad.

BU scored the lone goal of the first before the RedHawks knotted the score with a second-period tally. Freshman Chris Connolly opened the scoring at 15:15 of the first when he followed up a rebound from a shot by classmate David Warsofsky.

Just moments after the Terriers came up empty on their first power-play chance of the game, the RedHawks tied up the contest at the 2:01 mark of the first when a loose puck made its way to Gary Steffes amidst a flurry of activity around the BU crease.

Sophomore Tommy Wingels broke the 1-1 tie at 12:31 of the third and freshman Trent Vogelhuber scored to make it a 3-1 contest in Miami's favor with 4:08 left in regulation.

Shots were even in the game, 32-32, and Miami goaltender Cody Reichard made 28 saves in defeat, one fewer than his counterpart Millan across the ice.

Both sides came up empty on the power play, with the RedHawks frustrated on seven opportunities and the Terriers stymied on two chances.

The win was head coach Jack Parker's 30 in NCAA tournament play, breaking the record of 29 previously held by Boston College's Jerry York. It also was the 100th win for the Terriers' senior class.



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