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Biggest 180s: BU scores 2 last-minute goals to swing 2009 national championship game

Scott McLaughlin
December 03, 2018 - 3:46 pm

The Boston University Terriers were considered the favorites to win college hockey’s national championship throughout the 2008-09 season.

They led the country in scoring. They were third in defense. They had a great mix of veteran leaders like Hobey Baker Award winner Matt Gilroy, Brian Strait, Chris Higgins and John McCarthy, and talented underclassmen like Colin Wilson, Nick Bonino, Kevin Shattenkirk and goalie Kieran Millan.

Everything seemed to be going as planned as the Terriers won the Beanpot, won the Hockey East regular season title, won the Hockey East tournament title, reached the Frozen Four, and beat Vermont to advance to the national championship game.

But as that national championship game wound down, it looked like BU was going to fall short of its ultimate goal. The underdog Miami RedHawks took a 2-1 lead with 7:29 left in the game, then made it 3-1 with just 4:08 to go.

BU had no plans to go quietly, though. With the goalie pulled, Zach Cohen scored on a backhander from the doorstep with 59.5 seconds to go. The Terriers kept pressing, and with just 17.4 seconds remaining Bonino buried a one-timer off a great setup from Gilroy to tie the game and force overtime.

The Terriers completed the improbable 180 11:47 into overtime when defenseman Colby Cohen took a shot from the point that deflected off a Miami defender and fluttered over the goalie’s shoulder to give BU its fifth national championship, and first since 1995.


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