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Boston College Daily Links: Destination Tampa (Frozen Four!)

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NE: Looking for Their Own Banner (College Hockey News)
Across the country, there are programs that attract the same level of talent the Eagles do. Many of these clubs, however, find themselves in the precarious position of trying desperately to mold a collection of world-class talent into an elite hockey team. That experiment often fails. In Chestnut Hill, though, that's simply never the case.

Quite a four-ce (
"The key turning point came in the second period when there was a surge where they finished three or four checks in a row and caught us back on our heels," said York, whose club is 23-0-1 when leading after two periods this season. "But we got the next two goals. That got us going. Sometimes it’s hard to respond to physical play, but our club responded very well to four or five hits against us. We didn’t panic."

Eagles ride hot Milner (
BC coach Jerry York compared Milner’s back-to-back shutout wins against Air Force (2-0 on Saturday) and Minnesota-Duluth to the consecutive shutouts Cory Schneider posted against Miami (Ohio) and Boston University in the same building in 2006.

BC Eagles cruise past Minnesota-Duluth, reach Frozen Four (New England Hockey Journal)
"I think this started last year after we lost to Colorado College, and a few weeks later we started our spring workouts, carried on through the summer and into this season," Arnold said. "New team, we knew we had to work hard, and we battled throughout the whole season. We hit a rough stretch there, but the ending third of the season, we’ve been playing our best hockey, and we just have to keep getting better every day in practice and the weight room, heading into the Frozen Four."

From demoted to dominant: Milner’s turnaround mirrors that of Boston College (
After Boston College defeated Minnesota-Duluth to advance to the Frozen Four, BC coach Jerry York referred to the GAGG rule: If you want to be a successful team, Get A Good Goaltender.

Tommy Cross shows what awaits Boston Bruins (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
"His play has been outstanding — defensively, moving pucks," coach Jerry York said. "He is a very, very good defenseman; what I thought we might get when we recruited him. His knee has prevented him from showing this. This particular year he's been on top of his game."

BC power forward Arnold dishes out punishment (
"Anytime you can contribute on this stage and there are different ways to contribute, whether it is hitting, forechecking or back checking," Arnold said. "But it definitely feels good to contribute on the scoreboard and give your team a goal cushion there. But it was really a good play by my linemates Stevie and Barry there."

NCAA Northeast Regional: Eagles Power Through to Frozen Four (Inside College Hockey)
"That’s why we’re moving on here," York said. "I’m not sure if I’m an opposing coach which line I’d try to check with. Is it Billy Arnold’s line, is it Pat Mullane’s line, Kevin Hayes? We’re pretty deep up front, so that’s a challenge that coaches have with one checking line. Who do we put them against?"

College men's hockey: UMD's season ends with loss to Boston College (Duluth News Tribune)
As good as Minnesota Duluth has been the past two years, in winning the 2011 Division I title and amassing a 17-game unbeaten streak, the Bulldogs faced the hottest team in Division I on Sunday night in the NCAA Northeast Regional men’s hockey title game at DCU Center. Hockey East’s Boston College has been the most successful Division I program the past decade, particularly in NCAA tournament play, going 19-6 since 2003, winning titles in 2008 and 2010, and finishing second in 2006 and 2007.

Thoughts From Worcester (Fear The Triangle)
So while the two games themselves made the trip worthwhile, I can’t say the same for my first trip to the DCU Center. It was pretty much as bad as everyone warned me about. There was just no feel to the building itself. The concourse was narrow. The food not very impressive. And considering that the building was never more than a third to a half full at any given time, the lines to the bathrooms were always lengthy. Doesn’t exactly make me want to return anytime soon.