Sunday, March 30, 2014
BC edges UMass Lowell for Frozen Four
By Brion O'Connor
The Boston College Eagles, in a black-and-blue Northeast Regional final that was decided by razor-thin margins, willed their way to the Frozen Four with a nail-biting 4-3 win over the UMass Lowell River Hawks Sunday at the DCU Center in Worcester.
At the tail end of a 60-minute see-saw battle worthy of the top two teams in Hockey East, two BC freshmen -- Ryan Fitzgerald and Ian McCoshen -- got the tying and winning goals to propel the Eagles to their sixth Frozen Four appearance in the past eight years.
The third-ranked Eagles (28-7-4), who won national championships in 2001, 2008, 2010 and 2012 after winning their opening tournament games in Worcester, will be the sole Hockey East representative in Philadelphia. The fifth-ranked River Hawks, who were attempting to return to the Frozen Four for the second consecutive year, finished 26-11-4.