Kreider sparks Boston College
Junior scores two goals to give Eagles 16th consecutive win
The Eagles (30-10-1) are looking to take a familiar route to the Frozen Four and another NCAA championship. Three times in the past 11 years they’ve advanced from Worcester and captured the NCAA title, winning it in 2001, `08 and `10.
It was the 16th consecutive win for the top-ranked Eagles.
BC will face the winner of the late semifinal game between defending champion Minnesota-Duluth-Maine in the regional final on Sunday night.
The Falcons (21-11-7), outplayed for long stretches of the game, kept it close thanks to solid defensive play in front of goaltender Jason Torf, who made 32 saves.
It was the first time Air Force was shutout this season.
Kreider made it 1-0 just 7:39 into the game on a nice feed from Kevin Hayes, who swung around the net and slipped a pass in front. Kreider one-timed it pass Torf. His power-play goal with 1:21 left in regulation sealed the win.
Milner made a solid save about a minute after Kreider’s score, making a pad save on Scott Holm’s backhander from the slot. Holm fanned as he attempted to collect the rebound.
BC has allowed two or fewer goals 15 times during its winning streak.
The Eagles controlled play during long stretches for most of the opening period, but Air Force made a brief flurry late.
Neither team had many good scoring chances in the second period. BC’s Johnny Gaudreau had the best when he broke in alone, but Torf made a pad save as he tried to tuck it between his pads.
The Eagles, the tourney’s overall No. 1 seed, captured the Hockey East regular season and tournament championships. Air Force did the same in its league—the Atlantic Hockey Association.
BC, which improved to 9-1 all-time in Worcester, has won all six meetings between the schools.