Friday, April 11, 2008
LIFE AIN'T EASY FOR A TEAM NAMED SIOUX
The BC hockey team scorched North Dakota (the #3 ranked team in the country) 6-1 last night. North Dakota came into the game with the best defense in the country, the fewest goals allowed per game (about 1.76), and a goalie with the lowest GAA in the nation. But Nathan Gerbe and the Eagles had other plans.
Gerbe led the scoring with a hat trick and an assist. It was his third hat trick of the season, and the fifth time he's had 4 or more points in a game. He's simply faster than everyone else on the ice, and he knows how best to use that speed.
BC got ahead 4-0 in the first thanks to breakaway goals off North Dakota turnovers. Then it was an academic matter of keeping pressure on the Fighting Sioux, which BC did by adding two more scores. Freshman goalie Ryan Muse's shut-out bid was broken up with less than a minute and a half to go, as North Dakota salvaged some dignity from their third consecutive semi-final loss to BC.
It's an all Catholic final as Notre Dame upset Michigan 5-4 in overtime. Notre Dame has never been to the NCAA finals, this is BC's third consecutive trip to the title game. But unlike the previous two tries, BC is an overwhelming favorite. That's what has me nervous. BC always seems to lose that big game they should have easily won. See: last year's football loss to FSU, 2006 football loss to Miami, 2005 loss to Syracuse.
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