RedHawks Fall to Boston College in NCAA Regional Final, 4-3 in Overtime
March 30, 2008
Worcester, Mass. - For the third time in four games, it took an overtime period for a winner to be determined. Unfortunately, for the first time this season, the RedHawks did not end up on the winning end of an extra session affair.
For the third-consecutive season, Miami was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by the Eagles of Boston College, losing a heart-breaking game on Sunday, 4-3.
Wearing the Red and White for the last time in his collegiate career, senior captain Ryan Jones netted the team's third goal of the night with 11 minutes remaining in the third period, sending the game into overtime. Jones finished the season with a career-high 31 goals, and now ranks second on the school's all-time scoring list with 90 during his four years at Miami.
For their efforts during the Northeast Regional, Jones and junior defenseman Alec Martinez were honored as members of the All-Tournament team.
Junior netminder Jeff Zatkoff was outstanding once again for the RedHawks, making 38 saves in only his eighth loss of the year. Zatkoff needs six more victories to become Miami's all-time winningest goaltender. His 1.72 goals-against average this season is the lowest posted by a netminder in a single-season in Miami history.
While skating four players aside, just 1:30 into the game, sophomore forward Jarod Palmer picked up a loose puck in front of the BC netminder John Muse and buried his shot in the back of the Eagles' net. Five of Palmer's 10 goals have come in the first period.
After killing off a Boston College power play, senior forward Nino Musitelli was able to one-time a pass from linemate Brian Kaufman past the right leg pad of Muse, extending the Miami lead to 2-0. The score was Musitelli's first since February 23 against Western Michigan.
With a delayed penalty being signaled, BC was able to shorten Miami's lead to 2-1, as Nick Petrecki picked up a puck in front of Jeff Zatkoff and scored. The goal was his team-leading fifth goal by a defenseman.
Just 14 seconds later, Nathan Gerbe, Boston College's leading scorer, evened the affair when he slapped a shot into the back of Miami's net. With his 30th goal of the season, Gerbe became the nation's third player with 30 or more scores.
The Eagles continued to pour on the offense only 1:44 after the Gerbe goal, as Dan Bertram stole the puck from a Miami skater and hit Ben Smith with a pass that he was able to one-time behind Zatkoff. The score was Smith's 23rd of the year, giving BC's top line 66 on the season.
With 11 minutes remaining in the game, senior captain Ryan Jones was able to power his way to the front of Boston College's net and slide a puck through John Muse's legs, tying the game at three goals aside. Jones, Miami's second-leading goal scorer, now has 90 goals for his career.
Both teams had a number of scoring opportunities as regulation drew to a close, but for the third time in four contests, it took overtime to determine a winner.
The RedHawks played strong during the extra session, outshooting the Eagles, 10-4.
At the 12:12 mark of the overtime period, Joe Whitney picked up a rebound in front of Miami's cage and put his shot past a sprawling Jeff Zatkoff. The goal sent Boston College to its eighth Frozen Four in the last 12 years.
Though their efforts fell short of a trip to Denver, the RedHawks will carry the success achieved this season into the 2008-09 campaign, when "The Brotherhood" looks to expand on the all-time best 33 wins and many personal and team records.
Sunday's contest with Boston College was Miami's only loss after scoring first this season (22-1-0).
Jarod Palmer's first period goal was Miami's first score against Boston College in 121:30. The RedHawks had been shutout by the Eagles in their previous two meetings.
With an assist on Ryan Jones' third period tally, freshman forward Carter Camper extended his point streak to seven games. Though he missed eight games during the month of February due to an injury, Camper scored at least one point in 17 of his last 18 games.
Forwards - Ryan Jones (Miami), Nathan Gerbe (Boston College), Joe Whitney (Boston College)
Defensemen - Alec Martinez (Miami), Nick Petrecki (Boston College) Goaltender - Andrew Volkening (Air Force)
Most Outstanding Player - Joe Whitney (Boston College)