Live Blog: Boston University vs. Miami for the National Title

GO TERRIERS The Terriers face Miami for the national championship tonight.
The Terriers face Miami for the national championship tonight.

April 11, 2009

Tonight the Boston University men's ice hockey team faces Miami with the national championship on the line. The Terriers and the RedHawks face off at 7 p.m. with the game televised live on ESPN.

Check back throughout the night for updates from the Verizon Center in Washington throughout the game.

10:04 p.m. - BU GOAL!!!! - TERRIERS WIN!!!! - Colby Cohen takes a shot that deflects in!!! The Terriers are national champions!!! Stay tuned for more coverage on, but for now, time to celebrate!!!

10:02 p.m. - Cody Reichard stuffs John McCarthy on a point-blank shot. It's been a back-and-forth OT period and now a faceoff in BU's defensive zone.

10:01 p.m. - Tommy Wingels puts a shot right on goal, but Kieran Millan makes the save and the Terriers send the rebound clear of danger. Faceoff in BU's offensice zone. The fourth line is out for BU.

9:58 p.m. - A 3-on-2 Miami rush is broken up by Matt Gilroy. Kieran Millan lost his stick, but the Terriers get the puck clear of danger.

9:57 p.m. - Faceoff in BU's offensive zone. The McCarthy-Bonino-Yip line comes out for this shift.

9:55 p.m. - After being outplayed for much of the third period, BU is risen to the urgency of the occasion, but at this point, it only takes one. No more TV timeouts, so it's a test of endurance now. That means this is the first period BU has played without TV timeouts since the Hockey East quarterfinals.

9:50 p.m. - A couple good chances for BU off the bat. Colin Wilson has a low-angle shot saved and Chris Higgins can't get the puck through a scrum in front of the net.



9:47 p.m. - The statisticians on hand have been tracking "Grade A Scoring Chances" this week. The last three have all resulted in goals, one for Miami, then the two for BU. The puck is set to drop on overtime. Next goal wins the national championship.

9:45 p.m. - Queen's classic song "Under Pressure" is playing in the arena. Indeed.

9:43 p.m. - As we try to catch our breaths, let me recap exactly what just happened. At the 19:01 mark came Zach Cohen's goal, assisted by Nick Bonino and Brandon Yip, then at 19:43, Bonino scored with assists going to Matt Gilroy and Chris Higgins. Both goals were scored with an extra attacker. This is the first time the national championship game has gone to overtime since 2002, when Minnesota beat Maine, 4-3.

9:39 p.m. - We need a winner tonight, so there will be a full intermission and they'll put 20 minutes on the clock for sudden-death overtime. The last time BU went to overtime in an NCAA tournament game was in 1998, a loss to New Hampshire in the quarterfinals. In 1991, BU went to triple overtime in the national championship game with Northern Michigan, ultimately falling, 8-7.

9:32 p.m. - Scary moment for the Terriers as Kieran Millan has trouble covering up a puck, but gets his glove on it to stop the clock with 1.1 seconds to go. We head to overtime.

9:30 p.m. - BU GOAL!! - 3-3 tie - Matt Gilroy passes up the shot to make a nice pass to Nick Bonino, who fires a shot to tie the game with 17 seconds on the clock. However this one ends, it's one for the ages.

9:29 p.m. - BU GOAL!! - 3-2 Miami - It's not over yet. Zach Cohen makes a nice move and takes a low-angle shot to bring the Terriers back within one with just under a minute to play.

9:27 p.m. - Kieran Millan comes back to the net with a neutral zone faceoff and can't get out for about 30 seconds. A couple good shots now for the Terriers, but nothing gets through.

9:26 p.m. - The Terriers haven't managed to generate a great scoring chance as we get a whistle with 2:03 to play.

9:24 p.m. - We return from the TV timeout with a faceoff in BU's offensive zone, but before the puck drops, Jack Parker calls his timeout. The McCarthy-Bonino-Yip line is on the ice and Kieran Millan skates to the bench before the puck is dropped in favor of an extra attacker.

9:22 p.m. - We get the final TV timeout of the period with 3:32 to go.

9:21 p.m. - Miami goal - 3-1 Miami - Trent Vogelhuber rips a shot from the high slot that gets past Kieran Millan. It's just the second goal of the season for Vogelhuber. That gives the Terriers quite a hole to dig out of as we move under the four-minute mark.

9:19 p.m. - Matt Tomassoni rips a shot from the point that Kieran Millan turns aside. Cameron Schilling gets a great look right in front as well, but Millan comes through with the save. Back to even strength as we approach the four-minute mark.

9:16 p.m. - Jason Lawrence will now go to the box for slashing, giving Miami a power play as we get another TV timeout with 6:22 on the clock.

9:14 p.m. - Cody Reichard fumbles a long shot by Colin Wilson, but there aren't any Terriers near the crease to finish and Reichard is able to cover up. We get a TV timeout with 6:38 to go. The Terriers fans are on their feet and making noise hoping to spur a comeback.

9:11 p.m. - Miami goal - 2-1 Miami - Carter Camper takes a shot that gets knocked down in front by Kevin Shattenkirk, but the rebound goes to Tommy Wingels, who puts it in to give Miami their first lead of this national championship game. Under seven minutes remain for BU to find an equalizer.

9:10 p.m. - Miami has done a good job of limited good scoring chances for BU lately. Perhaps caught up in the tension of the situation, the crowd is now relatively quiet on both ends.

9:08 p.m. - Gary Steffes gets a good shot off from the slot and then has a go at a juicy rebound. Kieran Millan makes both saves.

9:06 p.m. - The Terriers are back to full strength after a solid kill. Miami got some good looks, but its best chances sailed wide.

9:05 p.m. - Colby Cohen takes a slashing penalty and the RedHawks go on the power play. Miami is 0-for-5 tonight.

9:01 p.m. - We get to the first TV timeout of the third after a relatively uneventful start to the final period. 14:20 remains on the clock. Miami holds a 21-17 advantage in shots to this point.

8:56 p.m. - Kevin Shattenkirk fires a shot just wide from near the blue line. Colin Wilson follows with a blocked shot and Justin Mercier takes it away for a 1-on-1 in the other direction, beating a BU defenseman before Kieran Millan makes the save.

8:54 p.m. - The third period is underway as tensions continue to mount with a tie score.

8:45 p.m. - Among the former Terrier greats on hand this week is Mike Eruzione, who visited the Terriers' locker room after Thursday's game and was interviewed by ESPN today. At the team's dinner on Wednesday night, they were joined by Jack Garrity, who played on the first BU team to reach the Frozen Four (long before it had that name) in 1950.

8:37 p.m. - The second period comes to a close and for the third straight game, BU goes into the third period with a tie score on the board.

8:36 p.m. - The penalty expires as we get inside the final minute of the second period.

8:34 p.m. - Justin Mercier, who drew the penalty on a great scoring chance, gets another right off the faceoff, but Kieran Millan makes the save.

8:31 p.m. - The puck trickles in front of the BU crease where Justin Vaive is stationed, but he is unable to tee up a good shot. Colby Cohen gets whistled for cross-checking and the RedHawks will get a power play with 2:43 on the clock. First, we get our final TV timeout of the second period.

8:27 p.m. - Colby Cohen rips a shot off the near post from above the right circle. The puck cycles back to Cohen and he gets another rip, but this one goes wide. Jason Lawrence then picks off a pass right in the high slot and fires, but Cody Reichard makes the save.

8:24 p.m. - Brandon Yip rips a shot from above the left circle that Cody Mercier gloves. We get another TV timeout as we're catching up in a sense after a long stretch of play with no whistles. The momentum was certainly in Miami's favor so these stoppages may suit the Terriers well.

8:22 p.m. - We get to a TV timeout with 7:19 remaining in the second. Shots are 5-2 this period in favor of the RedHawks as we get a breather.

8:20 p.m. - A thrilling sequence as both teams trade odd-man rushes. The shot from a BU 4-on-2 is blocked by the defense and Colby Cohen breaks up a Miami 4-on-2 going the other way. Then each goalie gets a chance to make a save on a two-man breakaway and both are up to the task.

8:18 p.m. - Tommy Wingels gets a great look at the goal when he gets by Matt Gilroy, but sends the shot wide. Jarod Palmer follows soon after with a shot from the left circle that Kieran Millan puts a blocker save on.

8:17 p.m. - BU is unable to generate much on the power play and Miami returns to full strength.

8:14 p.m. - The Terriers will get their second power play of the game as Justin Mercier gets two minutes for tripping Kevin Shattenkirk.

8:10 p.m. - Both sides are back to even strength after a good kill for the Terriers. We get a TV timeout with 14:36 to go. BU has been outshot, 3-1, so far in this second period and the Terriers certainly hope to avoid a repeat of Thursday's game when the Catamounts got back into the game with three unanswered goals in the early part of the middle frame.

8:07 p.m. - Justin Mercier clanks a low-angle shot off the far post. The goal seems to have re-energized the RedHawks. Brandon Yip goes to the box for holding and Miami gets a power play. Miami is 0-for-3 on the power play so far tonight.

8:05 p.m. - The lengthy review must have made coach Enrico Blasi and the RedHawks nervous, but the goal stands. Andy Miele and Jarod Palmer get the assists. Corey Trivino has returned to the ice for the Terriers.

8:03 p.m. - Miami Goal - 1-1 tie - Gary Steffes puts Miami on the board scoring on the third chance after Kieran Millan made a couple of saves. The goal is currently being reviewed as every goal is in the NCAA tournament. This review is somewhat more lengthy as the refs are likely looking to see if a Miami skater was in the crease.

8:01 p.m. - After a couple of whiffs by the Terriers, Chris Higgins gets a great chance with a deflection, but Cody Reichard slides acrosse the crease to make a great save. The RedHawks return to full strength after the Terriers got some great chances.

7:57 p.m. - The teams are returning to the ice for the second period and Corey Trivino is back on the Terriers' bench. There is 1:48 left on the BU power play and coach Jack Parker will send out his top line of forwards alone with Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen.

7:48 p.m. - Also last night at the Verizon Center was the Frozen Four Skills Challenge. BU women's head coach Brian Durocher, the former associate head coach of the men's team who recruited some of this year's seniors, served as one of the coaches for the East squad, which won the competition, 16-8. Helping the East to the win was goalie Allyse Wilcox of the BU women's team, who stopped nine of 11 shots she faced between the rapid shot contest and the penalty shot contest.

7:45 p.m. - Last night brought several accolades for the Terriers. The big news was that Matt Gilroy won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the top collegiate player each year. Colin Wilson, also one of the three finalists for the Baker Award, joined Gilroy on the All-America first team, while Kevin Shattenkirk earned a second-team nod. Kieran Millan was named the National Rookie of the Year.

7:44 p.m. - The first period draws to a close with the Terriers up 1-0. Miami holds the 10-9 edge in shots.

7:41 p.m. - Eric Gryba draws a hooking penalty on Tommy Wingels with 12.3 seconds left in the first. Before that penalty begins, though, David Warsofsky crashes the net on the delayed penalty, but Cody Reichard doesn't let the puck past.

7:40 p.m. - Another flurry of offensive chances for the Terriers' top line, but nothing gets through. Under a minute to go in the first.

7:38 p.m. - BU back at full strength. Another look at Chris Connolly's goal shows that Cody Reichard got a glove on the deflected shot from David Warsofsky, but couldn't handle it and dropped it for Connolly to net.

7:36 p.m. - The Terriers gave Vermont seven power plays on Thursday and have already had to kill three penalties today without going on the power play themselves. Better discipline would serve BU well.

7:32 p.m. - BU GOAL!! - 1-0 BU - David Warsofsky rips a shot that deflects off Miami's Alden Hirschfeld before finding Chris Connolly, who pops it in from close range on the right side of the crease. An unlucky bounce for Miami and some puck luck for BU gives the Terriers a 1-0 lead. Eric Gryba, who had the second assist on the goal, now goes to the box for cross-checking with 4:14 to go in the first.

7:31 p.m. - Both sides back to full strength and just under six minutes remain in the scoreless first period.

7:26 p.m. - Play resumes after a TV timeout and Chris Higgins puts a quick shot on goal. We'll have a couple minutes of four-on-four action as John McCarthy and Chris Wideman are in the box after getting tangled up after the last sequence. Word is that Corey Trivino required six stitches on the bridge of his nose for a cut suffered in the first minute of the game, but will be returning momentarily.

7:21 p.m. - Two freshman goaltenders start this national championship game in BU's Kieran Millan and Miami's Cody Reichard. Speaking of freshmen, word is that freshman Corey Trivino has gone back to the training room to get stitches. Luke Popko is now centering his line with Vinny Saponari and Chris Connolly. No one here in the press box noticed a big hit on Trivino, so it's unclear when he was cut.

7:20 p.m. - Right off the draw resuming play, Colin Wilson wins the faceoff and Jason Lawrence rips a quick shot that is saved by Cody Reichard.

7:17 p.m. - Nick Bonino dishes to Brandon Yip for a great shot from the top of the right circle that is swallowed by Cody Reichard, sending us to our next TV timeout. At each timeout, the ice crew comes on and shovels some of the snow off from around the creases. There have been no complaints about the ice here at the Verizon Center, despite the fact that it has the reputation as one of the poorer surfaces in the NHL.

7:16 p.m. - The Terriers' second penalty kill is much better, not allowing a single shot on goal and keeping the puck out of their defensive zone for at least as long as it was in. Both teams return to full strength.

7:11 p.m. - Vincent LoVerde goes hard into the boards and Vinny Saponari gets two minutes for cross-checking. Another power-play for the RedHawks, but first we have a TV timeout.

7:09 p.m. - The Terriers withstood a great Miami power play. Pat Cannone got the best look right in front of the crease, but sent the puck wide and Kieran Millan made a few great saves to keep the RedHawks off the board.

7:07 p.m. - Fast and furious action already. Both sides have had a grade A scoring chance and we've had a big hit as well. The RedHawks will go on the first power play of the game as Eric Gryba gets a tripping penalty with 17:37 on the clock.

7:05 p.m. - The puck has been dropped and this national championship game is underway. As the top overall seed in the tournament, the Terriers are designated as the home team and wearing their alternate white uniforms that they have worn in every game since the third game of the Hockey East quarterfinals agianst Maine. The RedHawks are in their red road jerseys.

7:00 p.m. - Miami coach Enrico Blasi is starting his fourth line of forwards, which was the RedHawks' most productive line last night, led by two goals and an assist from right wing Tommy Wingels.

6:55 p.m. - The teams are on the ice and the fans in red at both ends of the arena are on their feet. The national anthem has been performed and the starting lineups are now being introduced. Dueling chants of "Let's Go Terriers" and "Let's Go RedHawks" are echoing through the sold-out Verizon Center.

6:50 p.m. - The Miami RedHawks are the opponent tonight, earning an at-large berth to the tournament from the CCHA and toppling Denver and Minnesota-Duluth in the West Regional before beating Bemidji State, 4-1, on Thursday. Head coach Enrico Blasi's lines are also unchanged from the semifinals:

Vaive - Vogelhuber - Loupee
Mercier - Cannone - Kaufman
Steffes - Miele - Palmer
Hirschfeld - Camper - Wingels

Schilling - Roeder
Tomassoni - LoVerde
Wideman - Weber

Reichard in goal

6:46 p.m. - Good evening from the Verizon Center in Washington. The teams have completed warmups and are back in the locker rooms getting ready for the final game of this 2008-09 season. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:04 p.m. Here are BU's lines, unchanged from Thursday's 5-4 win over Vermont:

McCarthy - Bonino - Yip
Higgins - Wilson - Lawrence
Connolly - Trivino - Vin Saponari
Z. Cohen - Popko - Smolinsky

Strait - M. Gilroy
C. Cohen - Shattenkirk
Warsofsky - Gryba

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