ST. LOUIS -- Every time Boston College scored, Colorado College would answer and then some in a 8-4 win that propelled the Tigers into the West region final in the NCAA hockey tournament.
The Tigers take on Michigan, 3-2 winners in overtime over Nebraska-Omaha earlier, at 7 p.m. Mountain Saturday for a berth in the Frozen Four. The game will be televised on ESPNU. It was CC’s first NCAA win since reaching the 2005 Frozen Four.
CC lost to the Wolverines 6-5 in the Great Lakes Invitational championship game in December.
“We played well enough to win that last time,” CC senior Ryan Lowery said. “We’re eager to get back at them.”
After Boston College scored the opening goal only 19 seconds in, the Schwartz brothers (Jaden and Rylan) and linemate Stephen Schultz accounted for three goals in the next 8 minutes to take a 3-1 lead. David Civitarese scored a short-handed goal late in the period for a 4-1 lead.
“They were the better team than us tonight,” BC coach Jerry York said. “No question. They knocked us down in the first period.”
BC is known for its ability to move quickly into transition and some pretty passing up ice made it 4-2 with 9:21 left in the second.
Then the No. 4 seed Tigers (23-18-3) slammed the door shut, led by a player St. Louis Blues fans were happy to cheer.
For his second goal, just like his first, Jaden Schwartz slammed home his own rebound to make it 5-2 with 6 minutes left.
Civitarese continued his excellent play on the penalty kill, forcing another BC turnover and making a backhanded pass to Alexander Krushelnyski, who scored the short-hander to end his 13-game pointless streak.
“David Civitarese was the best player on the ice tonight,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said.
CC continued to pressure BC into turnovers, leading to William Rapuzzi’s goal for a 7-2 command headed into the third.
“We heard about their speed all week and how good they are in transition,” Civitarese said. “That’s a strength for us too. It’s a tribute to our d-men how quickly they were able to get the pucks up to the forwards.”
While CC’s offense was scoring in each facet – three goals on the power play and five-on-five and two short-handed – the defense came up big as well led by Joe Howe.
It may have taken an early BC goal to jump-start the Tigers, but the team doesn’t plan to slow down now.
“We have a lot of good dynamics on the team,” Lowery said. “Joe Howe is playing well, Jaden is back and the whole team is playing well. I can’t wait to play (Saturday).”