Boston, Mass. - Sophomore forward Brian Boyle scored twice as No. 1 seed Boston College earned its sixth Hockey East title with a 3-1 win against third-seeded New Hampshire in the title game of the 21st Annual Hockey East Championship Tournament in front of a sell-out crowd of 17,565 on Saturday night at the FleetCenter.
With the win, Boston College (25-6-7) earned its first Hockey East title since the 2001 season. Both the Eagles and the Wildcats (25-10-5) will await the announcement of this season's NCAA Tournament field on Sunday.
Boyle, who was received the William Flynn Award as the Tournament MVP, would give the Eagles a 1-0 lead when he won a left wing offensive zone face off by walking towards the net and chopping the puck just inside the left post and across the line at 13:59 of the first period. It was Boyle's 17th goal of the season.
UNH senior forward Preston Callander scored his 24th goal of the season, and fifth of the Hockey East playoffs, to tie the game at 1-1 at 3:19 of the second period. With the Wildcats on the power play, senior defenseman Robbie Barker sent Callander and fellow senior Sean Collins in on a two-on-one that was finished by Callander with a shot to the top corner.
The Eagles would regain the lead with a power-play goal at 16:02 of the second period when Boyle netted his second of the game. Senior Ryan Shannon, manning the point on the man advantage, sent a slap shot towards the net that was knocked down on the way through. The puck deflected right to Boyle would deposited it in the open side to give BC a 2-1 lead.
Junior forward Chris Collins would provide the Eagles with some insurance at 17:33 of the third period. Senior defenseman Andrew Alberts cleared the puck to the boards and Shannon played it to neutral ice, where Collins gathered the puck, fought through a check, and made a nice move to walk in alone. He pulled the puck to the backhand and slid it through the five-hole to close out the scoring.
This weekend's tournament marked the first time the league has sold out both night's of the Hockey East Championship Tournament. The old championship game attendance record was set in 2002 when UNH defeated Maine, 3-1, in front of 17,122 fans.
The All-Tournament team was comprised of Boyle, Callander and UNH sophomore forward Daniel Winnik at forward; Alberts and UNH junior defenseman Brian Yandle on defense; and BC freshman netminder Cory Schneider.
Schneider finished the game with 26 saves. UNH junior goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak stopped 31 for the Wildcats.