Good morning! We're still (checks calendar) way too far away from the Frozen Four. But we do have links to share:
Soaring to Glory had the coolest post of the day yesterday, posting a video of the final seconds taken from the lower bowl of the DCU Center:
After all the work Notre Dame did to get to the NCAAs again, including three wins against Boston College down the stretch, it was all squandered in the blink of an eye. Or, more precisely, in the shot of St. Cluod State's Nic Dowd.
The biggest fish on the college free-agent market has been been snared. Christian Folin is a member of the Minnesota Wild. The UMass-Lowell sophomore defenseman was the prize of this year's FA crop from the college ranks and when Lowell was knocked out of the NCAA tournament this past weekend, the sweepstakes to try and sign him began. With all offers limited on entry-level deals it became a matter of where Folin thought the best fit would be.
Johnny Gaudreau did what he does on Saturday afternoon. Then again on Sunday. And, as a result, the Boston College Eagles are off to the NCAA Frozen Four championship.
Boston College is off to its 24th Frozen Four after defeating UMass-Lowell 4-3 on Sunday to win the Northeast Regional in Worcester, MA. The Eagles, led by Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau, also beat Denver in the first round of the single-elimination tournament.
Boston College (28-7-4), seeking its fourth NCAA championship in seven seasons, will face East Regional champion Union in the national semifinals April 10 in Philadelphia. ‘‘I'm really proud of how hard we had to work and hard we had to play to get a hat,'' York said, sitting next to two of his players wearing them. ‘‘We talked about that all day today; not necessarily going to Philly, but getting a hat. I still haven't gotten mine. I don't know if coaches get ‘em.''
Score one for the old guard as the Eagles outlasted the new kids on the block that are the River Hawks, rallying for a 4-3 victory Sunday evening in a back-and-forth, up-and-down Northeast Regional championship thriller.
This win, however, had a different flavor. Instead of BC's all-world line of Johnny Gaudreau, Bill Arnold and Kevin Hayes making the difference in crunch time, a pair of freshmen stepped up big in the third period to score the tying and winning goals.
Asked if he had been contacted by BC, Amaker replied, "Again, I made that statement about not mentioning or talking about any other position but my own. Hopefully, my statement suffices for anything surrounding my future and my immediate future.
Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins remains a candidate for the head coaching job at Boston College, but he's not alone. Hopkins was on the Boston College campus Saturday, going through the interview process. At that point, Hopkins may have seemed like the leading candidate for the BC post, if only because Boston College officials are being so secretive during the search for a replacement for former Eagles coach Steve Donahue. However, a few other candidates have emerged with new legitimacy.
Author Jack McCallum believes that one of the reasons Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has been successful at the age of 69 is the amount he relies on assistant coaches like Mike Hopkins.
Neither he, nor St. Bonaventure, has commented about ESPN's and the Boston media's report of a meeting with BC officials. But we learned long ago that's merely code for the interview having taken place ... a lie becomes a story unto itself and the truth hardly well-serves SBU. As for Boston College's interest in him, Schmidt didn't merely graduate from there, he actually played his last three seasons for Williams, just before O'Brien got the job, and was part of a team that made four post-season tournaments, three NCAAs, two Sweet 16s and an Elite Eight.