College hockey: Boston College tops Wisconsin 5-0 for NCAA title
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Cam Atkinson scored twice, John Muse made 20 saves and Boston College won the NCAA hockey championship for the second time in three years with a 5-0 victory against Wisconsin on Saturday night.
The Eagles scored four times in the third period, with Atkinson and Chris Kreider scoring 2:02 apart early in the period. Atkinson scored again midway through the period.
A world indoor attendance record was set for hockey with a crowd of 37,592 at the home of the NFL's Detroit Lions.
Boston College won its fourth title and third since 2001, best in the nation over the last 10 years.
The Eagles' top rival, Boston University, took home the championship last year, meaning the trophy has stayed on Commonwealth Avenue for three straight seasons.
Wisconsin beat the Eagles in the 2006 finals for its sixth title, but didn't have much of a shot to stop Boston College's faster forwards, swarming defensemen and stellar goaltender.
Muse improved to 8-0 in the NCAA tournament, including his perfect run in 2008.
"I don't know if it's so much me or my whole team," he said.
For BC coach Jerry York, the national title was his fourth, including one with Bowling Green. Only two coaches have more championships — Michigan's Vic Heyliger won six from 1948-56 and Denver's Murray Armstrong won five from 1958-1969 — and York's 33 NCAA tournament wins is a record.
"He's a great coach," Muse said. "I wouldn't want to play for anyone else."
Badgers forward Blake Geoffrion, grandson of Hockey Hall of Famer Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, was shut down a day after winning the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player.
Geoffrion scored 28 goals this season to help Wisconsin enter the game with a nation-high 171 goals — averaging four a game — but he and his teammates struggled to get pucks and bodies near the net to make Muse sweat.
"I thought our key was tremendous defensive zone coverage," York said.
Smith, who won the most outstanding player award for the tournament, got Boston College's good night started with a goal 12:57 into the game.
After a scoreless second, the Eagles proved they weren't content to just sit back and play conservatively.
Atkinson led the flurry in the third and Matt Price finished it with an empty-net goal with 4:31 left while Scott Gudmandson was pulled briefly to add an extra skater. Gudmandson made 21 saves.
Wisconsin's Michael Davies had chances to score and perhaps could blame the ice conditions for taking away his best opportunity in the second period when he whiffed on a breakaway after the puck bounced over his stick.
"Both teams had to play on it," Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said.
The games at Ford Field will be remembered for record crowds and routs.
An announced crowd of 34,954 for Thursday's two-game session smashed the Frozen Four record of 19,432 fans set in St. Louis three years ago and hockey's indoor mark of 28,183 from Tampa Bay's home game at Tropicana Field against Philadelphia during the 1996 NHL playoffs.
Boston College beat Miami of Ohio 7-1 and Wisconsin routed Rochester Institute of Technology 8-1 to advance to a game that was expected to be competitive.
The Eagles had other ideas, shutting out Wisconsin in another lopsided game that excited only their fans in football stadium that had a rink set up near an end zone.