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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Michigan State wins NCAA championships

Two years in a row Boston College has gone to the NCAA championship game, and two years in a row they have lost after an intense last minute of play. Last night BC dominated the first 48 minutes of play, but BC let the last half of the third period slip away.

All three periods were intense, there was no lack of passion in this championship game. The first goal came with 13:10 left in the second period, when a wrist shot by Brock Bradford went by Jeff Lerg to give BC the early lead. Bradford only had the puck though because of a failed clear attempt. A lot of roughhousing and penalty filled hockey played out the rest of the period and the beginning of the third period. Then with 10:07 left in the third period, a loose puck from a faceoff led to an open shot getting by Cory Schneider, and the game was tied.

Extremely intense hockey ensued, with both goaltenders saving their teams on more than one occasion. Then with around thirty seconds left, BC had a 4 on 2 opportunity in the MSU zone. MSU managed to get the puck though and go on a 3 on 1 man advantage in the BC zone. With 18.9 seconds left in the game, Abdelkader of MSU (The state of Michigan's new hero) managed to lift the puck over Schneider and into the net, giving MSU the lead. BC tried to attack the net but an empty net goal with 1.7 seconds left sealed the deal. Michigan State University was crowned NCAA champions.


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