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April 14, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
IN THE HOURS that followed Boston College's season-ending loss, Johnny Gaudreau sat with his parents, Guy and Jane, in their South Jersey home to hash out the big decision. They listed pros and cons. They discussed differences between the college and professional levels. They talked about the increased pressure that comes along with the NHL. All conversations ceased around 3 a.m. yesterday. A verdict was reached. "He really wanted to go," his father said. Gaudreau, the ultra-skilled 20-year-old from Carneys Point, N.J., yesterday signed a contract with the Calgary Flames, forgoing his senior season at Boston College.
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April 13, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
So what can they possibly do for an encore? Thursday's 2014 Frozen Four semifinals, which produced Saturday night's championship matchup of Minnesota and Union, were as entertaining and dramatic as anything March Madness can produce. Union held on for a 5-4 win over Boston College when a last-second Eagles shot bounded off its goalie's chest. And Minnesota topped that, scoring the winning shorthanded goal in their 2-1 triumph over North Dakota just before the final horn sounded.
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April 12, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
There were 4.2 seconds remaining in Johnny Gaudreau's junior season, maybe in his collegiate career, and over that time he did everything his considerable hockey skills would allow to earn himself a few more precious ticks of the clock. Boston College was down by a goal to Union College in the Frozen Four's first semifinal game Thursday, a center-ice faceoff separating Union from Saturday's NCAA championship game, and everyone in the Wells Fargo Center knew that the Eagles had one chance to force overtime.
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April 12, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Poor Boston College will depart Philadelphia like a disappointed tourist, its Frozen Four visit here ruined by a pickpocket. Seconds after B.C. failed to tie Thursday's riveting national semifinal during a 5-minute, third-period advantage, Eagles defenseman Steve Santini was stripped of the puck near mid-ice. A subsequent breakaway shot by Union's Kevin Sullivan was stopped by B.C. goalie Thatcher Demko, but Mike Vecchione pushed home the rebound. That stunningly sudden turnaround - just four seconds after Union had killed off the major checking-from-behind penalty to Matt Hatch - gave the Dutchmen a 4-2 lead.
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April 11, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
THEY HAD conceded it. To a man, the players speaking for Union College at Wednesday's media session said that in the program's first-ever appearance in a Frozen Four 2 years ago in Tampa, Fla., they were a little overwhelmed by the moment. How much that contributed to their loss in those national semifinals doesn't matter now, but the Dutchmen swore it would not happen again in Philadelphia. Still, a little more than 2 minutes into yesterday's semifinal against Boston College, Union looked as if it was again showing some big-game jitters On the Eagles' first shot of the game, Johnny Gaudreau scored to give his team an early lead.
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April 11, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THIS IS HOW jacked up Shayne Gostisbehere was to play at the Wells Fargo Center. It was the third period and the score was tied at two between Boston College and Gostisbehere's Union College. It was a national semifinal and at stake was a berth in tomorrow's championship game. Union was coming off a clutch 5-minute penalty kill and was on a power play when the puck came to "Ghost," which is what his teammates call him and a name that is more spell-check friendly. Gostisbehere fired such a laser that it broke the stick of teammate Daniel Ciampini.
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April 11, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
A FUNNY THING happens after the little dog earns his way to a seat at the main table. He not only knows he belongs, but also feels he has as much right to the big steak sitting there as everybody else. Of the four schools that begin the Frozen Four tournament tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, two - Minnesota of the Big Ten and Boston College of the Atlantic Coast - are members of Bowl Championship Series conferences who need no introduction. The University of North Dakota is fairly new to Division I athletics, transitioning up from Division II in 2004, but it has notoriety for being the school currently without a nickname until 2015 when it can legally replace "Fighting Sioux," which the NCAA deemed offensive to Native Americans and pressured the school to change.
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April 11, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Oddity is commonplace at Union College. The tiny liberal-arts school in Schenectady, N.Y., has a bizarre motto - "We All Become Brothers Under the Laws of Minerva. " Its campus contains one of the world's only 16-sided buildings. And it has had not one but two presidents with the first name Eliphalet. So no one should be shocked if, odd as it sounds, this college of 2,100 students, with no athletic scholarships and a sports budget comparable to what its three Frozen Four rivals spend on hockey alone, departs Philadelphia this weekend as the 2014 NCAA men's ice hockey champion.
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April 10, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE FROZEN FOUR is much more than a cute name. It is NCAA hockey at its best. Granted, college hockey and Philadelphia go together like cheesesteaks and warm milk, but the four remaining teams each offer their own pieces of intrigue. There's the local kid at Boston College who is hoping for one of the all-time homecomings. Fingers crossed, the Ghost of Union College will call the city of brotherly shove his home for a long time. And North Dakota and Minnesota, two of the sports' storied programs, renew their rivalry.
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April 10, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometimes, Guy Gaudreau would put the nets back-to-back at center ice. Sometimes, he would put each net in the corner, facing the boards, and have his players go three-on-three in a pie slice of the rink. "We did this at the end of every practice for years and years," said Mike Green, the head coach at Bishop Eustace Prep and a longtime assistant to Guy Gaudreau for a series of South Jersey travel teams that featured Gaudreau's son, Johnny. On Thursday night, Johnny Gaudreau will lead Boston College against Union College in the NCAA Frozen Four in the Wells Fargo Center.
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