Inside Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill on the waterfront, Boston College alumni, decked out in maroon and yellow, cheered loudly and clinked their drinks in celebration Saturday night after their hockey team beat Ferris State 4-1 in the NCAA Frozen Four championship.
After an intense, scoreless second period, the Eagles popped in a third-period goal that gave nervous fans a fresh breath of air, making the score 3-1 with less than 10 minutes left in the game.
“The intensity has been there all game,’’ said John Fouhy, a 1978 alum, after the clock ran out. He was with his cousin, Dave Fouhy, 54, and friend Steve Blacky, 58. “This was a very satisfying win over a very tough Ferris State,’’ said John Fouhy.
All three, avid college hockey fans for 30 years and counting, agreed that this championship stood out among other recent wins. John Fouhy referenced the Eagles’ 2010, 2008, and 2001 championships, and was proud to add 2012 to the list.
“This was probably the most unexpected one,’’ he said.
Dave Fouhy agreed and said, “It never gets old.’’
“It was a sure thing,’’ Blacky said, pointing to his BC 2010 championship hat - he had taped the numbers “2012’’ over the previous championship year earlier in the night. After the team’s 19-game winning streak, he had no doubt.
Deep into the crowd of celebrating BC alumni, Mark O’Connor, 26, a 2007 graduate, raised his glass with friends.
“It was great. They just outplayed them the whole game,’’ said O’Connor, who had been nervous for his team early after the first period, but predicted they would pull off a win in the end. “They killed penalty after penalty. They just played a complete hockey game. Once they scored that third goal, that’s when the party started.’’
Andrew Donahue, 26, a 2007 BC alumnus, also wore his team’s colors, celebrating in the middle of the crowd. Donahue is the athletics subcommittee chairman for the Boston chapter of the BC Alumni Association, and he helped organize the event.
“This went really well,’’ he said. “It was intense in the third period, I thought Ferris played a good game. It was impressive.’’
Donahue also organized a similar event with about 150 people for Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Gophers. He said that despite the championship falling the night before Easter, the turnout for the viewing event was about 100 alumni strong. “The advantage of today was that we got a lot of alumni from far out here to watch the game.’’
Brian Roundy, 28, a 2006 graduate, now lives in San Francisco, but was in Boston this weekend. “It’s really great to be here with old friends, it’s been such a special season,’’ he said.
“It’s just truly an amazing program. A dynasty has been created,’’ Roundy said.
‘It’s just truly an amazing program. A dynasty has been created.’Brian Roundy BC graduate
The Eagles have now won three titles in five years.
“You will be hard pressed to find college stats like that anywhere,’’ said Dave Levy, 27, a 2006 graduate. “Not to sound cocky, but we expect Frozen Four as a minimum now. We got another trophy. I’ll take it,’’ he said, raising his glass.
Other members of the group raised their glasses, too, and all cheered, “To winning!’’Derek J. Anderson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.