Sweet Sixth!

Wisconsin wins national championship! Badgers defeat Boston College 2-1

MILWAUKEE — The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team won the national championship at the Bradley Center here Saturday night, holding off a ferocious Boston College effort in the final 30 seconds to secure a 2-1 victory for the sixth NCAA title in school history.

The Badgers took the 2-1 lead at 9:32 in the third period, when Tom Gilbert's power-play shot from the slot beat Boston College goaltender Cory Schneider.

Boston College took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. UW center Ben Street came off the bench and tracked down the puck behind the Badger net, but BC sophomore forward Dan Bertram did a good job forechecking and was able to steal the puck and send in front. Badger defenseman Davis Drewiske had a shot at it, but the puck hopped over his stick and onto the blade of sophomore forward Pat Gannon, who shelved a close-range shot beyond UW Brian Elliott, who finished with 21 saves.

Wisconsin tied the game at 1-1 at 1:17 in the second period, bringing a raucous crowd to its feet. Senior wing Adam Burish centered a pass from the side boards in front of the crease to junior winger Robbie Earl, who buried the puck before Schneider could react. Immediately after shooting the puck Earl was dumped by a BC player, so that Earl followed his shot into the net.

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