DETROIT -- An excellent defensive team like Miami has success in that end of the rink by being able to account for all of the other players on the opposing team. The problems begin when there are too many players to account for, and Boston College capitalized with two power-play goals to set itself on its way in a 7-1 win over Miami in the second semifinal at Ford Field.
The Eagles scored a first-period goal on a deflection after an offensive zone face-off win. Ben Smith made the redirection in front of a point shot by Joe Whitney. The play started with a face-off win by Smith and he was unaccounted for in the high slot.
John Muse made a huge save on a short-handed breakaway by Miami's Andy Miele to preserve a 1-0 lead early in the second period and BC doubled its advantage on the same power play with a shot from the slot by Jimmy Hayes.
"Well, if he scores then it's 1-1. It's a different game, no question and it would have been short-handed giving us momentum," Blasi said of Miele's breakaway chance. "You have to capitalize on your opportunities. The fact that we weren't getting many to that point, and it was early in the second, if we scored it's a totally different game."
Instead, it was Boston College that capitalized with Hayes' shot on an assist from Pat Mullane. When the Eagles are able to get their power play clicking, they're a tough team to handle.
"That's a huge thing for us, especially it's a confidence thing as well," Hayes said. "When we can get our power play rolling like that we're a tough team to play with. Just a confidence issue and to get two power-play goals right off the bat it kind of stimulated us for the rest of the game."
Boston College rolled from there. Just 1:02 after the goal by Hayes, Joe Whitney wired a shot over the glove of Miami goalie Connor Knapp and it was 3-0. Knapp made six saves on nine shots and was yanked at that point in favor of Cody Reichard. Reichard had 17 saves and allowed four goals over the final 37 minutes.
The RedHawks gave themselves hope with a goal at 5:19 of the third on a shot from the point by Joe Hartman but Boston College scored four more before the game ended in a lopsided win. Cam Atkinson, Patch Alber, Paul Carey and Ben Smith lit the lamp in the third period of the BC victory.
John Muse finished the game with 17 saves, and his biggest was definitely the shoulder stop on Miele's breakaway.
Seven goals against were the most that Miami allowed all year, two more than the previous high of five, which happened four times. Boston College has made a habit of putting up big numbers in recent games, going for seven in the Hockey East finals against Maine, nine in a regional final against Yale and Thursday night's seven-spot.
Boston College faces Wisconsin in Saturday's national championship game, which airs on ESPN at 7 p.m.
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