TAMPA - Perhaps you haven’t noticed, consumed by the Red Sox’ closer quandary or Patriots mock drafts, but the Boston College men’s hockey team is displaying a brand of dominance we haven’t witnessed in these parts since the 2007 Patriots.
BC has won 18 consecutive games, with the latest being a 6-1 evisceration of the University of Minnesota in the semifinals of the Frozen Four Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Eagles will play some school named Ferris State for the national title Saturday.
To put the Eagles’ greatness in perspective, the last time Boston College lost, dropping a 7-4 decision at Maine Jan. 21, was one day before the Patriots defeated the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game. Since then, the Eagles have outscored their opponents, 73-20.
No team this brilliant should get lost in the Boston sports shuffle. So, if you’re the type that tunes out college sports, it’s time to tune in the hockey heroes from the Heights.
They are a team of destiny and Destry (that’s the first name of second-line right winger Destry Straight, one of 11 players to figure into the scoresheet). They have a goalie, Parker Milner, who is making saves that Tim Thomas would talk about on Facebook. They play a style so aesthetically pleasing that it would make one of Milner’s fellow Pittsburgh natives, Andy Warhol, gush. The garish gold uniforms the Eagles keep donning are Warholian, but they’re working. (They are 9-0 in the gold threads.)
The irrepressible Jerry York, who has BC a win away from its third national title in five seasons, has really outdone himself with this bunch. The Eagles don’t just defeat opponents, they demoralize them. Give Minnesota credit for a moral victory. The Golden Gophers scored the first goal BC has allowed in the NCAA Tournament.
That’s what it’s come to with BC, scoring a goal on them is news. The Eagles have outscored their tournament foes, 12-1.