Boston College is going back to the Frozen Four. But they came mere centimeters away from having to go to overtime last night in Worcester, as a heads up play by Austin Cangelosi (with maybe a little bit of help from Thatcher Demko) preserved BC's 3-2 lead in the final seconds vs. Minnesota-Duluth. Here's a look at how incredibly close the Bulldogs came to completing the comeback and forcing OT:
Cant believe how close UMD was to rallying to tie. Farley missed the puck by millimeters. He connects? We go to OT. pic.twitter.com/kJnM1AiZYF— Chris Long (@ChrisLongKSTP) March 27, 2016
Ohhh my goodness. Senior forward Austin Farley, who already had a goal earlier in the third period, just barely misses on a golden opportunity, giving Cangelosi just barely enough time to get his stick in there and clear the puck off the line with single digits left on the scoreboard.
BC, who was killing a penalty in the final seconds, then hummed the puck down the ice, under the ~crazy~ impression that you are allowed to ice the puck when shorthanded, a concept that was apparently lost on the Big Ten officiating crew in charge of the game. After a long discussion with the clock stopped at just over 2 seconds left, the officials determined that the game was rightfully over and BC got the win.
But it wouldn't have happened without this clearance off the line.