Terriers shock RedHawks to win men's national hockey title
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Colby Cohen tallied with 8:13 remaining in the first overtime as Boston University rallied from a late two-goal deficit to defeat Miami-Ohio, 4-3, in the NCAA men's hockey national championship at Verizon Center.
Cohen used a turn-around shot from the left circle, which deflected off RedHawks' skater Kevin Roeder and dropped behind a stunned Cody Reichard to end the contest.
Zach Cohen, Chris Connolly and Nick Bonino also tallied for the Terriers (35-6-4), who earned the fifth title in school history and first since 1995. Kieran Millan allowed three goals on 32 shots for the win.
The victory finished off a near-perfect season for BU, which won the Beanpot as well as Hockey East regular season and playoff titles, finishing the year as the top-ranked school in the nation. The school also garnered the overall top seed for the tourney and gained its first championship contest since 1997 by besting Ohio State, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Tommy Wingels, Gary Steffes and Trent Vogelhuber scored for the RedHawks, who were denied a chance to win the first national crown in any sport in school history. Reichard suffered the hard-luck loss with 28 stops.
Out of the CCHA, Miami-Ohio (23-13-5) gained the first national hockey final in program history after toppling Denver, Minnesota-Duluth and upstart Bemidji State.
After failing on a late power play, Miami-Ohio took a 3-1 edge when Vogelhuber drilled a shot inside the far post with just over four minutes to play.
Millan was pulled for an extra skater three times in the final 3 1/2 minutes, and the move miraculously paid off twice. Cohen's backhander found space through Reichard with just under one minute left, and Bonino tied it with 17.4 remaining.
BU scored the first goal of the contest, with 4:45 left in the opening period. A point shot from David Warsofsky deflected off a Miami-Ohio player toward the net, and Connolly was there to poke the puck home before Reichard could get his glove down to cover.
Steffes equalized for Miami at 2:01 of the second period, as he slipped a loose puck home from the edge of the crease.
Wingels deposited the rebound of Carter Camper's initial shot with 7:29 left in regulation and the RedHawks led 2-1.
Boston University defenseman and Hobey Baker Award winner Matt Gilroy picked up an assist...There were 13 prior overtime title games, with the last coming in 2002, as Minnesota topped Maine.
04/11 22:54:56 ET