Union-Boston College Frozen Four semifinal postgame report (with six videos)
Some thoughts on Union’s 5-4 win over Boston College in the NCAA hockey Frozen Four semifinal at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
— Daniel Ciampini was a beast. He scored three goals, and had a hand in Mat Bodie’s second-period goal by screening BC goalie Thatcher Demko. Ciampini’s hat trick is the first in the Frozen Four since BC’s Nathan Gerbe had one in the 2008 semifinals against North Dakota.
Ciampini has 22 goals on the season. He joins Daniel Carr in the 20-goal club this season. It’s the second time in the team’s Division I history that has happened. In 2011-12, Jeremy Welsh had 27 goals, and Carr had 20.
— Bodie played a great game. He has also had a great NCAA tournament. He has scored in three straight games.
— Killing off Matt Hatch’s five-minute major was huge. Mike Vecchione scoring right after that was huger. Kevin Sullivan made a great play to strip BC defenseman Steven Santini of the puck in the Eagles’ zone.
— The Dutchmen didn’t panic when Johnny Gaudreau scored just over two minutes into the game. They continued to play their game.
— Flyers fans who were in the building saw Union defenseman and future Flyer Shayne Gostisbehere get two assists.
— Union gets Minnesota in the championship game.
I have six postgame videos.
To see an interview with Bodie, click here.
To see an interview with Union coach Rick Bennett, click here.
To see an interview with Union goalie Colin Stevens, click here.
To see an interview with Ciampini, click here.
To see an interview with Sullivan, click here.
To see an interview with Vecchione, click here.
My three stars of the game:
1) Daniel Ciampini, Union right winger — Had the hat trick.
2) Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College left winger — One goal, two assists.
3) Mat Bodie, Union defenseman — One goal, one assist.
That is all from the Wells Fargo Center. I’ll be back here Friday to preview the championship game mathcup.
Good Night! Good Hockey!