Terriers Take the Top Prize
Men’s ice hockey beats Miami 4-3 in NCAA victory| From Commonwealth
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In the final minute of regulation play in the 2009 NCAA hockey championship, BU fans collectively held their breath. The Terriers were trailing Miami (Ohio) University 3-1, and Coach Jack Parker (SMG’68, HON.’97) had pulled the do-or-die switch — he took goalie Kieran Millan (CAS’12) off the ice and sent six attackers in.
Then, with fifty-nine seconds left, Zach Cohen (CAS’10) scored on a low-angle shot. Next, with seventeen seconds to go, cocaptain Matt Gilroy (MET’09) sent the puck to Nick Bonino (CAS’11), who fired the game-tying shot, sending fans into a frenzy and the championship contest into sudden death. Minutes later, a shot by Colby Cohen (CAS’11) deflected off Miami defenseman Kevin Roeder and slipped into the Miami goal, and the Boston University men’s hockey team became the national champions for the first time since 1995.
“It’s the greatest comeback I’ve ever been involved in,” Parker said afterwards.
The team finished the season with a school-record-setting thirty-five victories, a Hobey Baker Award for Gilroy, National Hockey League contracts for Gilroy, Colin Wilson (CAS’11), and John McCarthy (CAS’09) — and, in the tradition of great Boston sports teams, a rolling rally aboard Duck Tour vehicles from Kenmore Square to Marsh Plaza, where Terrier fans welcomed their national champions home for a campus celebration.