Boston College Weekend Links: Eagles, Bulldogs Battle For Frozen Four Berth

NCAA Northeast Regional: Eagles, Bulldogs Advance (Inside College Hockey)
"I think if you’re going to be a championship team, you have to be really solid defensively," York said. "From the goal out we are an excellent defensive team. You can talk about some of our forwards, but they play defense. We’re not giving up a lot of goals, and that’s the key to us moving on tomorrow night – playing tight defensively and scoring some opportunistic goals. If you don’t play defense, two goals isn’t going to win many games for you."

BC’s Parker Milner deflects shots, then credit (The Boston Globe)
"All the shots they had were from outside the dots. I think it was a great team effort in the last five. It was kind of one of those games where we dominated. The play was kind of back and forth. It was a great defensive effort. The times they got in the zone, I think we did a great job of keeping them to the outside.’’

NE: A Lesson in Leading (College Hockey News)
"We take a lot of pride taking care of the puck in the defensive zone and throughout the ice, especially late in games," BC center Pat Mullane said. "As we advance, the teams we play are getting better, so we aren't going to score as many goals. We understand that. Moving forward, we have to protect leads late in games. I think we do a really good job."

Eagles slow to take off (BostonHerald.com)
"We put ourselves in position, but the bottom line is we didn’t find a way to score a goal," Serratore said. "You don’t want to put yourself in position where you fall victim to a good call or bad call. We had to score the next goal. You can say what you want about what transpired there, but you still have to score a goal to win."

Chris Kreider scores 2 goals to lift BC past Air Force (BostonHerald.com)
"That is a heck of hockey team in Boston College, and in my opinion they beat a heck of a hockey team," Air Force coach Frank Serratore said. "Our game plan was to get to the third period with the score close. We were right where we wanted to be."

NE: BC's Cross to Fear (College Hockey News)
"He's an outstanding leader for us, and I appreciate that for the players, but his play has been, I think, deserving of all league consideration. He did not make that first or second team in our league, but I certainly think he's in that mix of players, some of the very best defensemen in Hockey East," BC coach Jerry York said.

Chris Kreider’s going places (BostonHerald.com)
"It’s a different beast," Kreider said. "We have so much respect for a team like that. I have friends who have gone to military academies and they can barely stay awake from all the stuff they have to go through. It’s unbelievable, the commitment they have to make. Shift in and shift out, they were really a strong-skating team. I saw them in practice . . . and I saw them on film, but it’s obviously different when you’re on the ice with them."

NE: Coming Up at the Reit Time (College Hockey News)
Reiter would prove to be crucial for his team again late that period, when he shut down the Maine power play during a penalty on UMD captain Jack Connolly, a save that played a huge role in his team's 5-2 victory over Maine.

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