Muse gives Eagles inspiration, win

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Posted: March 23rd, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Muse gives Eagles inspiration, win

HOCKEY EAST CHAMPIONSHIP

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


BC's Anthony Aiello, left, celebrates a second-period goal with teammates Kyle Kucharski (18) and Carl Sneep (7).



BOSTON— Freshman John Muse made 29 saves as Boston College won its record eighth Hockey East tournament championship with a 4-0 win over Vermont last night.

After playing more than 100 minutes and making a career-high 45 saves 24 hours earlier in a triple-overtime win against regular-season champion New Hampshire, Muse was tested early by Vermont (17-15-7).

But Ben Smith gave the defending champion Eagles (21-11-8) a 1-0 lead when he tapped in the puck at 18:32 of the first.


Tim Kunes scored his first goal of the season when he fired a wrist shot past Joe Fallon and inside the left post to put the Eagles up 2-0 five minutes into the second.

Boston College freshman Brian Gibbons scored a power-play goal for a 3-0 lead just 20 seconds before the end of the second period.

The goal came moments after Vermont’s Slavomir Tomko missed the net on a three-on-one short-handed break.

Tournament MVP and Hobey Baker finalist Nathan Gerbe added an empty-net goal with 1:05 to play.

Fallon made 24 saves for the Catamounts, who were making their first appearance in the championship game in their third season in Hockey East.

Muse, who has started all 40 games this season for Boston College, posted his third shutout of the season and just the second shutout in the 24-year history of the Hockey East tournament championship game.

With the win, the Eagles earned an automatic berth to the 16-team NCAA tournament field.