Final Four's Finest: Round 1:
2001 B.C. vs. 2009 Boston U.
Which team is the greatest in the history of the Frozen Four? We're giving you a chance to help decide.
Each weekday through Oct. 3, we'll present you with a matchup from our bracket. You decide which team moves on to the next round. After the final matchup on Oct. 3, we'll have your choice for the greatest team in the history of the Frozen Four.
The 2001 Eagles are considered one of the most talented teams in NCAA history.
The roster featured a quartet of future NHL players, who are still in the league to this day -- Brian Gionta, Rob Scuderi, Scott Clemmensen and Brooks Orpik. Coach Jerry York’s squad would finish the season 33-8-2, including a 3-2 overtime win against North Dakota in the NCAA championship game.
The title also ended a 52-year NCAA championship drought for Boston College. Gionta led the team in scoring with 54 points on 33 goals and 21 assists, while Krys Kolanos and Chuck Kobasew contributed 50 and 49 points, respectively.
Kobasew was the tournament’s most outstanding player, getting a goal and an assist in the championship game. Clemmensen, Scuderi and Kolanos joined Kobasew on the all-tournament team.
Clemmensen was solid in the net all season as he compiled a 2.12 goals against average and .914 save percentage.
The 2009 Terriers posted a 35-6-4 record in sweeping the Beanpot, Hockey East regular season and postseason as well as the NCAA championship.
The national title game was one of the most memorable in NCAA history as BU rallied from a 3-1 deficit with a minute to go in regulation against Miami (Ohio), including a game-tying goal with 17 seconds remaining.
Colby Cohen scored the game-winner at the 11:47 mark of overtime.
The team, which set the school record for wins, was led by Hobey Baker Award winner Matt Gilroy who posted 37 points on eight goals and 29 assists.
Freshman goaltender Kieran Millan was named the national rookie of the year after posting a 29-2-3 record with a 1.94 goals against average and a .921 save percentage.
Down the stretch, Coach Jack Parker’s team was nearly unbeatable, going 21-1-3 in its final 25 games.
Frozen Four's Finest