Boston College Daily Links: Union Sends Boston College Home Early (Again)

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Daily links for Friday, April 11, 2014.

Happy Friday, Eagles. Though this season the Boston College men's hockey team fell short of another title, which has nearly become the standard under Coach York, Eagles fans will have to take solace in the fact that the program has reached the Frozen Four in 11 of the last 17 seasons AND the team's best player will receive the sport's top individual honor this evening. Woe is us.

Also, happy to report that the Chickie's and Pete's crab fries were delicious and a late night Jim's Steaks run did not disappoint.

And, remember it could always be worse. You could be a University of North Dakota No Nickname fan.

Recapping last night's tough loss to the Dutchmen:

Men's Hockey Stopped Short by Union, 5-4 (BCEagles.com)
The Eagles won the opening draw and possessed for the duration with under a minute to play. Senior captain Patrick Brown lit the lamp with just under five seconds to play and give BC one last hope. Gaudreau managed to get a good shot on net from out deep in the waning moments, but Stevens steered it away to preserve the victory for Union, 5-4.

Union puts BC’s season on ice (Boston Herald)
“Union played very well. They’re a good hockey team,’’ said BC coach Jerry York, whose club had won five straight national semifinals dating to the 2004 season. “But, I’m proud of the way we battled. We never gave up. I like the way we battled right down to the last second. But, I’m proud of our players. It’s disappointing that we’re not playing for a national championship but sometimes it doesn’t work out ‘’

Boston College should have had the advantage but gave it to Union (ESPN)
Boston College suffered its first loss in the national semifinals since Maine beat the Eagles 2-1 back in 2004. Since that defeat, the Eagles have appeared in five finals, winning three titles (2008, 2010, 2012).

Union Defeats BC, Will Play For First National Title (College Hockey News)
BC also becomes the third Hockey East team Union eliminates from the tournament, having beaten both Vermont and Providence in this year’s East Regional en route to the Frozen Four.

In just over five minutes, Boston College sees golden opportunity turn to disaster (USCHO.com)
“You have to try not to get frustrated,” Arnold said. “Coach called a timeout there. It starts with him; he’s our leader. He stayed calm and kept us on point.” Indeed, Boston College coach Jerry York got the Eagles going again. “I thought there was plenty of time left in the game,” he said. “Clearly there was because we got back to within one goal. And I really thought we had a chance to tie it up there in the fleeting moments of the hockey game. So the game’s never over.”

A Chance Not Taken (College Hockey News)
At some point in the near future, York and his players will be prepared to look back on the 2013-14 season. Picking out tough moments for BC isn't an easy task this season. Like York said, they aren't ready just yet. When they are, though, 5 minutes from Thursday night are certain to stand out.

Wasted Opportunity (College Hockey News)
It failed them Thursday night, however. This was just the third game of the year in which the Eagles scored first and didn't come out with the W. That it happened on this stage didn't seem to matter very much, because if they'd gone up 6-0 and lost they would feel a similar sting. When the result is that much of an outlier, it is a little shocking.

Just Better (College Hockey News)
"They're a great shot-blocking team," BC captain Patrick Brown said. "I was on the net front, and I couldn't even see the puck. Every time we had the puck at the point, they had two or three guys in lanes." "Their defensemen were so good at I thought that was actually the best defensive corps we've faced of getting pucks through," Bennett said. "But at crucial times, as you mentioned, there were some nice blocked shots that we needed that really lifted our bench."

Timely Union penalty kill helps Dutchmen advance to Frozen Four championship game (USCHO.com)
Throughout the postseason, Union has made a habit of stymieing its opponents on the strength of timely, quick-scoring bursts. Against Boston College Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center, it was the Dutchmen’s timeliness on the penalty kill that helped Union advance to the school’s first-ever national championship game.

2014 Frozen Four: Boston College vs. Union Photo Gallery (SB Nation College Hockey)
Photo Gallery of the 2014 Frozen Four between Boston College and Union College. The Dutchmen won 5-4 on the back Daniel Ciampini's hat trick.

In non-hockey news, more disappointment as the 6th ranked women's lacrosse team fell to 16th ranked Virginia, 16-14, down in Charlottesville.

No. 6 Lacrosse Falls to No. 16 Virginia, 16-14 (BCEagles.com)
Junior Covie Stanwick scored a game-high six points on three goals and three assists but the No. 6 Boston College women's lacrosse team (10-4, 2-4 ACC) fell short to No. 16 Virginia, 16-14, on Thursday night in Charlottesville, Va.

Softball did pick up a win over the drop-kick dogs down the B-line, so that's something.

Softball Shuts Out Boston University, 3-0 (BCEagles.com)
Boston College freshman pitcher hurled a one-hitter as the Eagles defeated Boston University, 3-0, at the BU Softball Field on Thursday afternoon. Boston College is now 20-16 on the season while the Terriers are now 19-16.

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