Michigan Season Ends Against BC

Despite spectacular play by goalie Al Montoya, No. 7 seed Michigan was unable to get the job done in the NCAA Regional Final, as No. 3 seed Boston College ended the Wolverines season Sunday with a 3-2, come-from-behind victory in overtime at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.

The Eagles rallied back from 0-1 and 1-2 deficits to send the game into the extra period, where they eliminated the Wolverines from tournament play.

Boston College outshot Michigan 45-17.

Michigan got on the board early with Mike Brown taking advantage of a mental lapse by Eagle goalie Matti Kaltiainen. Skating the puck across the right side of the blue line, Brown took the quick wrist shot catching the B.C. goalie off guard as the puck trickled under his left arm into the net, putting Michigan on top 1-0 at the 12:09 mark.

That was all Michigan would get for a long stretch of time, though, as Boston College would turn up the pressure and continue to apply it the rest of the game.

Mike Brown with the shot on Kaltiainen
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After a 9-4 shooting advantage for Boston College in the first period, the Eagles cranked up the heat even more starting the second period with a 13-0 shooting run. Montoya made save after save to keep Michigan in the lead until Boston College's Tony Voce took advantage of a Michigan penalty. Maintaining possession of the puck inside the Michigan blue line, Boston College sent it behind the Michigan net to Ben Eaves. Eaves then sent the quick pass to Voce out the other side and he one-timed the puck off the back of Montoya and into the Michigan goal to tie the game at one.

Shortly therafter, Michigan was able to take their second lead of the game after another miscue by Kaltiainen. With the puck loose in the B.C. end, the BC net-minder skated out of his crease to try and clear it away from Dwight Helminen. His clear was held in the zone by the Wolverines, however, and with the goaltender out of position Andy Burnes blasted the puck off the bottom of the crossbar and into the open net before Kaltiainen could recover. The second period would end with Michigan holding on to a 2-1 lead despite being out shot 24-7.

The third period provided fans with some of the most entertaining hockey seen all season. It had all kinds of action and excitement with missed opportunities from both sides and a long 9:33 stretch of play with no stoppages. Unfortunately for Michigan, when play did stop it proved to be fatal for the Wolverines.

After a Michigan icing call brought the face off right to the left of Montoya, Boston College won the face off and took a quick shot on net. Montoya was up to the initial challenge but the puck bounced right off the goaltender to waiting Eagle forward Patrick Eaves. Eaves flung the rebound into the net quickly before Montoya had time to react tying the game at 2 with less then five minutes remaining in the contest. Neither team was able to net the game winner in the last three minutes and it was going to take overtime to settle things between the two teams.

Michigan had the first scoring chance in OT as they skated in on a two-on-one break on Kaltiainen. After making the save the B.C. goalie appeared to lose sight of the rebound, but Michigan wasn't able to capitalize during the ensuing scrum in front of the net. Boston College followed that opportunity up with one of their own that they were able to put home to end the game.

With the puck deep in the Michigan zone, Patrick Eaves was able to riffle a shot from the right point that was saved by Al Montoya. The rebound drifted to the left side of the net where Ben Eaves was waiting for it taking a one time shot at the net, but Montoya was up to the challenge yet again. However, the deflection up into the air and that was the opening the Eagles were looking for. Ben Eaves skated in and one timed the puck into the Wolverine net before it even hit the ice again, sealing the win for Boston College. With the loss Michigan fails to make the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time in 4 years and ends the season 27-14-2. Boston College advances to the Frozen Four in Boston.

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