Boston College Daily Links: Frozen Four Semifinals Recap

Apr 5, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Boston College Eagles goalie Parker Milner (35) is congratulated by teammates after they defeated the Minnesota Gophers during the semifinals of the 2012 Frozen Four at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Boston College won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Minnesota challenges Boston College’s defense and makes it better (
"Parker Milner made some very timely saves early in the game where I thought Minnesota was pressing," said BC coach Jerry York. "They had the puck. They had some excellent opportunities to score, and not just one, but multiple times, and Parker, he was just big in the net. He was very confident and really fueled us to stay in the game."

Milner, Carey Lead BC Past Minnesota And Into National Championship (Heights Sports Blog)
"It feels awfully good to have practice tomorrow," said head coach Jerry York. "We’re very excited about the possibility of winning a National Championship. It’s something we look forward to from the start of the year, and it’s going to be right there in front of us."

Frozen Four: Inside The Room, Boston College-Minnesota (Inside College Hockey)
"I think it works with the whole unit," Milner said of the play of his defensive group in front. "I try to limit the rebounds, but I definitely left plenty out there tonight. Those guys are incredible, they just swept everything right out. I think that’s something they work endlessly on."

Rout has Boston College one away (
"Timely saves by our goalie, opportunistic scoring, and a bounce-back goal were keys," said York, who expressed surprise at how far his team has come this season. "At the beginning of the year, we weren’t sure where we’d be taking this group. They’ve matured and it’s a testament to the captains and senior leadership."

Minnesota: ‘It just got away from us’ (
"It just got away from us," said Hansen. "To win the MacNaughton Cup and get to the Frozen Four against BC you couldn’t have asked for a better stage. We were playing so well and then to play so sloppy, it’s just embarrassing. More than anything it just hurts. So bad."

Making spectacular look easy (
Boston College freshman left winger Johnny Gaudreau was into a head-first slide on the ice at the Tampa Bay Times Forum when he hooked the puck with the blade of his extended stick. Gaudreau managed in one motion to make a sweeping drop pass to senior right winger Paul Carey, who was trailing the play. Carey effortlessly whisked the puck by Minnesota goalie Kent Patterson for another BC goal.

NCAA men's hockey tournament -- Ferris State Bulldogs face BC Eagles in Frozen Four final (ESPN)
"It's [doing] the little things," BC captain Tommy Cross said about the Eagles' formula for success. "It's doing the simple play over and over again. Earlier in the year we were trying to win the game in one shift, and that's not how it works. Ten good shifts in a row is better than one great shift and one bad shift. So that's our focus."

National Semifinal postgame press conference: Boston College (
Boston College coach Jerry York, forward Paul Carey, defenseman Tommy Cross and goaltender Parker Milner take questions from the media after a 6-1 win over Minnesota in the NCAA National Semifinal on Thursday, April 5, 2012.

Boston College pounds Minnesota in Frozen Four semifinals (
"Parker Milner made some very timely saves early in the game," BC coach Jerry York said. "Minnesota had multiple excellent chances, and Parker was big in net and (allowed) us to stay in the game. When we did have a chance, we really took advantage."

Commentary: Scouting the Frozen Four for future NHL talent (
There is one New York Rangers player Kreider reminds me of. I’d never compare any player to Mark Messier but Kreider does a lot of things that Messier did style-wise that draws that comparison. First is his speed and strength of stride. Kreider’s first three steps are as explosive as any player in the NCAA. He can recruit strength in his stride like an NHL player. Second is his ability to use his wrist shot as a weapon. Quick release, heavy shot, deceptive in its path to the net that can keep a goalie off balance.

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