Watertown's Jerry York Leads Boston College Hockey to a National Title
The Eagles defeated Ferris State 4-1 in the NCAA final in Tampa Saturday night.
The Boston College Eagles are coming home with the school's fifth ice hockey national title, and earned their coach – Watertown's Jerry York – his fifth title and his fourth at BC.
The Eagles defeated Ferris St. 4-1 in the title game, played Saturday night in Tampa, Fla.
"I thought our club played very well against a very good team," Parker told ESPN2 after the game.
York credited his goalie, Parker Milner, with an excellent game. The netminder had 27 saves.
Boston College struck first, when Steven Whitney knocked in a rebound 3:18 into the first period. Just 2:01 later, the Bulldogs tied the score when Garrett Thompson scored. The Eagles took the lead again when Paul Carey tipped a shot by Brian Dumoulin in for a power play goal.
Then the goalies took over. Milner and Ferris State's Taylor Nelson each made several big saves.
The game remained at 2-1 until late in the third period when BC freshman Johnny Gaudreau took the puck through two Bulldog defenders and beat Nelson with a backhanded shot into the upper corner of the net with 3:02 left.
An empty net goal by Whitney with 1:03 left sealed the 4-1 victory.
Boston College and York capped a successful season by winning 19 games in a row to finish with a record of 33-10-1. The Eagles also claimed the Hockey East regular season and tournament titles and the Beanpot title.
The Eagles' hockey team now has five national titles, four under York (2001, 2008, 2010 and 2012). BC also won in 1949. York has five titles, four with BC and one with Bowling Green in 1984.
This season has been a big one for York, too, who collected his 900th win in February.