March 24, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass. - Chris Kreider scored two goals and Parker Milner stopped all 20 shots he faced as Boston College, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, beat Air Force, 2-0, in the NCAA Northeast Regional at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. Boston College improved to 30-10-1 overall this season and will play in Saturday's regional final against the winner of the Maine/Minnesota-Duluth game. Air Force's season comes to an end with a 21-11-7 overall mark.
Midway through the first period, BC opened the scoring on Chris Kreider's 21st of the season. Kevin Hayes came out from the behind the net and found Kreider on the weak side for a 1-0 lead. In the final minute of the period, Stephen Carew, Cole Gunner and Paul Weisgarber all had shots on goal that were saved by Patrick Milner. Air Force had two quality chances early in the second period, but Milner made the saves. Boston College then took controlled the puck in the Air Force for the better part of the second period. BC took 11 straight shots in the middle of the period, but Jason Torfwas there to make several saves. Boston College outshot Air Force, 11-4, in the second period, but neither scored and the Eagles maintained the 1-0 lead after 40 minutes.
In the final four minutes of the third period, Air Force had two quality chances. John Kruse created a turnover at the blue line and took shot that was saved with just under four minutes left. With just under three minutes left, Weisgarber created a turnover and took a shot that was saved. With 1:53 left in regulation, contact in the neutral zone led to a penalty called on Falcon defenseman Dan Weissenhofer. Thirty-two seconds later, BC sealed the win as Kreider scored his second of the game on the power play.
"Boston College is a heck of a hockey team, but in my opinion we have a heck of a hockey team too," head coach Frank Serratoresaid. "We got the game into the third period and put ourselves in a good position, but we didn't find a way to score a goal. We couldn't get a bounce. I am really proud of our guys. They executed the game plan to perfection."
BC outshot AFA, 34-20, in the game. Torf made 32 saves for the Falcons while Milner made 20 for the Eagles. Air Force was 0-for-2 on the power play while Boston College was 1-for-5.