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"It was the bravest thing I've ever seen in hockey." Boston College's Patrick Eaves on the OT goal scored by his brother Ben that put the Eagles into the Frozen Four and that already has become the stuff of legend.
It belongs in the pantheon of all-time greatest college hockey moments. For that matter, Eaves' game-winning goal, and the events leading up to it, would probably find a place in any sports pantheon, college or pro.
Between the athleticism of using his stick like a baseball bat, and clubbing the puck out of mid-air on the rebound of his own shot in order to score the goal, and the fact only minutes earlier, he was literally lying on his back behind the bench writhing in extreme pain from a cramp in his right quad, this was sports theater at its finest.
BC coach Jerry York referred to Eaves and the senior's overtime heroics as "a legend in the making," after his team downed the Wolverines 3-2 in OT at Verizon Wireless Arena.
Have you ever hit fungoes or ping-pong balls? You know, toss the ball in the air and knock it exactly where you want it to go? Ben Eaves did something like that yesterday to win a hockey game in overtime. And that's not even the best part of the story.
Nearly 70 minutes into one of the most entertaining games played this year -- college or pro -- Eaves moved down the bench toward Boston College coach Jerry York. The senior forward, the only two-time captain York has had in the 32 years of his career, said he wanted to return to the Eagles' Northeast Regional final against Michigan.
Eaves had been lying on his back earlier, hoping trainer Bert Lenz could take the pain away from his right quadriceps. "I was telling Bert not to touch [my leg]," Eaves said, "but I wanted him to make it better."
Lenz must have done something right.
One moment, Eaves said that it felt as if a rock were embedded in his right leg. A few seconds later, he was on the ice, and he quickly was in position to collect a rebound of his brother Patrick's shot. Ben took the loose puck and shot toward goalie Al Montoya. The rebound fluttered in the air. That's when Ben turned his stick into a paddle and swatted the hard rubber into the net.
The goal gave the Eagles a 3-2 win and allowed them to earn their fifth Frozen Four appearance in the last seven years. The goal also becomes a talking point for all hockey fans, whether they are from Michigan or Massachusetts. Most BC fans know that York carries a notebook with him on the bench so he can jot down trends and ideas. After watching the Eaves goal, his notebook may turn into a journal.
"I've coached a lot of games, and I've never quite seen anything like what happened in OT," the coach said.