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GERBE EARNS PRAISE IN FROZEN FOUR

Friday, 04.18.2008 / 2:04 PM / Features
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GERBE EARNS PRAISE IN FROZEN FOUR
The Boston College Eagles defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4-1 to win the 2007-08 NCAA title in Denver, Colorado.
Fans of the college frozen sheet traveled from east and west -- and north and south -- of the Rockies for the 61st Frozen Four to witness last Saturday night's Boston College 4-1 thumping of Notre Dame in Denver.

Before the game, a plethora of puck prognosticators from across the compass points weighed in with their championship choice.

After BC's win, led by Nathan Gerbe's two goals and two assists, Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson and BC's Jerry York offered their insights about the game.

Here are the fans and the Frozen Four coaches' comment.

Frozen Four fan poll


No fan on either side of the many BC and Notre Dame predictions pegged the exact 4-1 outcome. Congrats, however, for some close guesses to the following fans with their scores -- and comments.

"BC, 3-1," said Mike Evans from Denver via Boston. "Power plays will be the key."

"BC, 4-2," offered Mary Soya, also from Denver. "They're aggressive and don't want second three years in a row."

"BC, 4-2," said Anthony Giuliano from Boston. "They have pure speed."

"BC, 4-2," said one brother, Dan Newman, from Eagan, Minn., at the Frozen Four with his dad and brother Eric who was going with Notre Dame. "Too fast and quick for Notre Dame," said Dan.

“BC, 5-2," predicted the dad, Jeff Newman. "Because Gerbe is the most outstanding player on the ice and the depth is much better for Boston College."

“BC, 5-3," guessed Evan Cohn from Los Angeles. "Nathan Gerbe -- he's like a little Paul Kariya."

"BC, 4-3," said 12-year-old Jon Saucier from Simsbury, Conn. "Their goalie is too good for Notre Dame."
 
"BC, 4-3," announced Dean Price with his family from New Hampton, NH, after participating in the free public skate at the Pepsi Center before the championship game. Sponsored by the Metro Denver Sports Commission, Price and children, Ingrid and David, and wife Elizabeth were among some 500 skaters taking advantage. "BC has an even better team than last year when they should have won it," he analyzed.

"BC 3-2, no OT," said Tyler Roy at his first Frozen Four, and from Bonnyville, Alberta. "Because they beat North Dakota easily; they're on a high streak."

"BC, 2-3 in OT," laughed Megan Collins from Baltimore when asked if that score was the same as 3-2. "It is.I just love hockey either way and no matter who wins."

Ten-year-old Chris Karlsin from nearby Elizabeth, Colorado, picked BC, 2-1. "BC is just a better team."

Indeed, they were, Chris.

Coaches comment

Notre Dame's Jeff Jackson: "I thought they had us on our heels early on with their speed. ... Our team played a little too cautious. ... I think the advantage was their’s as far as the experience factor. ... Bottom line is that these kids gave us everything they could in the last couple weeks, and I'm proud of them. ... I think (the disallowed goal) was the turning point for us. ... I thought we had something going at that time. ... I talked to our guys about showing some poise with the puck because I sensed a level of panic at times with the puck. Not like they were afraid, but more afraid they would make a mistake. ... (Gerbe's) a dynamic player.  As much respect that I have for Kevin Porter, if they named the Hobey Baker after this weekend they may have changed their mind. ... God bless the small guy because he plays fearless. ... He plays with a lot of jam and skill and has good instincts. ...  He reminds me of (Brian Gionta); he might even be quicker than Brian."

Boston College's Jerry York: "Notre Dame and Jeff Jackson remind me a lot of our team in 1998. We were just starting to pick up the pieces and all of a sudden we're in the Frozen Four playing University of Michigan. They're going to be one of those brand name schools. ... Right after the regional, one of our players said: 'In nine days, our season is over.’ But we stress the fact that when you win a national championship, you're season never ends because you refer back to your teams. ... The defining moment (in our season) was the last game of our regular season.  We were traveling to Northeastern. The winner gets home ice.  If we lose that game, we would travel.  We won that game and haven't lost a game since. ... We don't really have a strategy other than how we were OK all year. ... It's just execution."

On Campus Clips -- Michigan's Red Berenson has been chosen winner of the 2008 Spencer Penrose Award as Division I Men's Coach of the Year. Michigan went 33-6-4, ending the regular season ranked as the No. 1 team in the country, and making another record-setting appearance in both the NCAA Tournament and the Frozen Four. … Hobey Baker Award winner Kevin Porter is the second Wolverine to garner the award since Brendan Morrison in 1997. ...The two other Hobey finalists were Miami senior Ryan Jones and Gerbe. ...The Hockey Humanitarian Award, which recognizes the player with outstanding service to their community, went to Williams College senior Will Bruce. ... Princeton senior Landis Stankievech was named the 2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner at the Frozen Four to college hockey's outstanding Division I senior student-athlete. "CLASS" stands for "Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School." Stankievech was also named a Rhodes Scholar last fall, the most prestigious scholarship in the world. ...The Frozen Four All-Tournament Team included BC forwards Gerbe and Ben Smith, defenseman Mike Brennan and goaltender John Muse; and Notre Dame forward Kevin Deeth and defenseman Kyle Lawson. ... Gerbe was Most Outstanding Player.

NHL.com's final top 10

1.    Boston College  (25-11-8)
2.    Notre Dame (27-16-4)
3.    Michigan  (33-6-4)
4.    North Dakota  (28-11-4)
5.    Miami (33-8-1)
6.    Michigan State (25-12-5)
7.    Wisconsin (16-16-7)
8.    Denver  (26-14-1)
9.    Clarkson  (22-13-4)
10.  Colorado College (28-12-1)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82