The Ferris State Bulldogs have already made one of the more impressive Cinderella runs in college hockey history, making the NCAA championship game in just the second tournament appearance ever for the program. Unfortunately for the underdogs from Grand Rapids, Michigan, they’ve finally run into an opponent too good to be upset by timely shooting and scrappy defense.
Top-seeded Boston College has won 18 games in a row, and they’ve absolutely rampaged through the postseason field. The aggregate score of BC’s three NCAA tournament victories has been 12-1 in favor of the Eagles.
Goalie Parker Milner has been stealing most of the headlines, as well he should be with a 1.68 goals-against average. If Boston College had been depending entirely on Milner’s sensational play, though, they’d be far more vulnerable against Ferris State than they actually are.
Instead, the BC offense has been nearly as dominant as a unit as Milner has been in the net. Three different Eagles posted 20-goal seasons—Chris Kreider, Johnny Gaudreau and Barry Almeida—and in their 6-1 Frozen Four demolition of Minnesota, five of the goals came from scorers outside of that elite trio.
With that kind of offensive depth against him, even streaking Ferris State goaltender Taylor Nelson won’t be able to keep the Bulldogs in it. Scoring two goals against Milner is the best the Bulldogs can hope for at this point, and BC has too many weapons for Nelson to limit them to a similarly low output.
Nelson and a tough defense will be enough to keep Ferris State from getting embarrassed as badly as the Gophers were, but when the final buzzer sounds, Boston College will be the national champions for the third time in five years.