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Frozen Four: Quinnipiac Scores Early to Down Boston College

Matt Dewkett

Quinnipiac will play for the national title for the second time in school history on Saturday after knocking off Boston College 3-2 in the Frozen Four semifinals at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

The Bobcats struck early against a Boston College team that came out very flat. Kevin McKiernan scored the game's first goal just 2:31 into the game when he slapped a turnover through the legs of Boston College goalie Thatcher Demko. The Bobcats extended their lead at 7:20 of the period on an Andrew Taverner goal to take a commanding 2-0 lead into the locker room at first intermission.

The Eagles came storming back to start the second period in their best push of the hockey game. Alex Tuch scored on a rebound 23 seconds into the period, and the Eagles outshot Quinnipiac 7-0 in the early stages of the period. But Landon Smith answered back with a power play goal at 4:32 of the period to give Quinnipiac a comfortable 3-1 lead.

The Eagles made a last gasp at a comeback when Ryan Fitzgerald pounced on a rebound on the power play with under five minutes remaining, but the Eagles could not get the tying goal.

Quinnipiac advances to Saturday's national championship against the winner of the evening semifinal between North Dakota and Denver.