I’ll be liveblogging the title game, so check back for frequent updates.
-12:13: The house is almost packed with about 12 minutes till game time. The video scoreboard is showing highlights from the semifinals, and the pro-Wisconsin crowd is cheering every Badger and booing every Eagle whenever they appear on the big board.
-5:52: The players take the ice. The first “Let’s Go Red!” cheer of the night erupts. I’m sure we’ll be hearing this a few more times.
-3:12: Who said the Bradley Center couldn’t get loud? Holy Cow. Based on the sea of red, the North Dakota and Maine fans sold their tickets.
0:00: And we’re under way.
3:22: BC is looking tentative with a couple of giveaways in their zone. The Eagles take a penalty as a result.
5:57: BC kills that one off, but right back to the box are the Eagles.
9:01: OK. There are some BC fans here. After killing off the penalty, the Eagles do a good job on the forecheck and Pat Gannon puts a backhand past Badger goalie Brian Elliott to make it 1-0 BC. The place gets surprisingly loud.
10:10: BC’s Chris Collins collides with teammate Brian Boyle, catching a knee in the head. He goes to the bench, clearly shaken up.
11:39: The Badgers take a penalty and Collins is back on the ice. A quick shift and then he’s off, still looking a little shaky.
12:10: The teams return to even strength.
18:03: Pressure by Wisconsin results in another BC penalty.
20:00: End of one. 1-0, BC.
0:03: BC returns to full strength. Most of the crowd thinks that’s debatable.
1:17: We’re tied. Robbie Earl gets upended at the red line but becomes the trailer and goes puts the puck in the net right before he winds up there.
2:28: Another BC penalty.
4:28: Another bullet dodged by the Eagles. Penalty over.
6:30: BC gets a turn with the man advantage.
8:30: Wisconsin back to full strength. BC fans think that’s debatable, too.
10:18: During a TV timeout, a picture of Chris Collins’ mom is put up on the scoreboard. Boos erupt. Gotta love Badger fans.
17:31: Earl gets upended again and comes off the ice favoring a leg.
19:48: Earl is back on the ice and looks fine.
20:00: And we go to the dressing rooms tied at one.
0:50: The Badgers take a crosschecking penalty to open the period. The crowd doesn’t like it, especially when a replay is flashed on the scoreboard.
2:14: BC takes a penalty to even things up. UW on the power play in seven seconds.
4:14: Penalty expires. Wisconsin now 0-5 with the man advantage. BC is 0-3.
5:39: BC on the power play. Can anyone score on the PP?
7:39: Apparently not.
8:34: The Badgers get another chance on the power play. Shots are 30-20 in favor of UW so far. Crowd on its feet.
9:32: Yes, someone CAN score on the power play. Nice puck movement by the Badgers. A set of crisp passes finds Tom Gilbert all alone in the slot. He beats BC goalie Cory Schneider low stick side to make it 2-1.
11:29 Another BC penalty. And a delay as one of the holes holding a post on the BC net needs some repair.
13:29: Penalty over, but time’s beginning to become a factor.
16:32: BC’s Peter Harrold gets two minutes for boarding. Tough penalty to take this late in the game. Crowd on its feet again.
19:16: BC can’t get Schneider off.
19:34: The Boston College net is empty.
19:58: BC hits the post!
20:00: Badgers are Champs!