TAMPA - They don’t list heart and skill on a roster. If they did no one would ever refer to 5-foot-8-inch, (ahem) 150-pound Boston College freshman forward Johnny Gaudreau as small.
The pint-sized puckster, who looks like your paper boy, helped deliver Boston College its 19th straight win and a national championship Saturday night in the Frozen Four final at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Gaudreau’s highlight-reel goal with 3:02 left propelled BC to a hard-fought 4-1 victory over Ferris State and its third national title since 2008, No. 4 under coach Jerry York.
Gaudreau’s Goal - it deserves capital letters - will go down in Boston College sports lore, not quite Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary pass, but definitely an indelible memory and moment of glory for the BC faithful.
With BC clinging to a one-goal lead it had held since the 10:33 of the first period, Gaudreau scooped up a loose puck in the neutral zone and turned in a sensational effort that cued the confetti. The baby-faced, 18-year-old freshman sniper beat two Ferris State defenders, dangling the puck around Bulldogs defenseman Brett Wysopal like he had it on a string, and then roofed a backhander past stunned Ferris State goalie Taylor Nelson.
Gaudreau’s shining moment was an impulse decision.
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