AROUND HOCKEY EAST: Boston College fell to Quinnipiac, 3-2, in the NCAA Frozen Four national semifinals Thursday night in Tampa, Florida, ending its 2015-16 season ... Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) was named the recipient of the 2016 Mike Richter Award as the best goaltender in NCAA college hockey. He finished the season with a national- high 10 shut outs, 27 wins, a 1.88 GAA and .935 save percentage to go along with 1,067 saves in 2,361:48 of work in 39 games played. The junior netminder was also named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He made 27 saves in the Frozen Four contest ... The Eagles received goals from Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.), but it was not enough to overcome two early goals from Quinnipiac as Boston College fell short of the national championship game ... 2016 marked an NCAA record 25th appearance for the Eagles in the Frozen Four and the 12th appearance under head coach Jerry York since 1994. York also had a Frozen Four appearance in 1984 as the Bowling Green head coach. His 14 Frozen Four victories as a head coach is tied for second most with Denver's Murray Armstrong (1958-1972) while only Michigan's Vic Heyliger recorded more Frozen Four victories in his coaching career with 16 triumphs ... Boston College moves to 36-13 all-time in NCAA Tournament play under Coach York. The Eagles are 11-7 all-time in the Frozen Four games since 1999, when the NCAA officially dubbed the NCAA semifinal and final round the "Frozen Four" ... The University of Massachusetts announced last week that Greg Carvel has been named head coach of the men's hockey program. Carvel most recently spent the last five seasons at St. Lawrence University, with a 72-63-15 record in four years as head coach. He previously spent 15 years coaching in the NHL with Anaheim and Ottawa ... NCAA coaches will convene April 25-29 in Naples, Florida to discuss matters at both the league and national levels.
Thatcher Demko, BC (Jr., G; San Diego, Calif.) claimed the 2016 Mike Richter Award as the NCAA's top goaltender Friday evening. The Warrior Hockey East Co-Player of the Year was also named a Hobey Baker Hat Trick Finalist. In the national semifinals against Quinnipiac Demko made 27 saves, including 12 in the second period.
Casey Fitzgerald, BC (Fr., D; North Reading, Mass.) picked up an assist on Alex Tuch's second period goal in the Frozen Four semifinals Thursday evening in Tampa, Florida. The tally pulled the Eagles within one goal of the Bobcats. Fitzgerald finished with an even plus/minus rating in the 3-2 loss.
Ian McCoshen, BC (Jr., D; Faribault, Minn.) fired a game-high six shots on net in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinal tilt against Quinnipiac and registered the primary assist on Ryan Fitzgerald's power-play goal late in the third period to make it a 3-2 game, closing the Bobcats' lead to one.
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Teddy Doherty, BC (Sr., F; Hopkinton, Mass.) Finished with an even plus/minus rating, three shots on goal and added an assist in the national semifinals.
Ryan Fitzgerald, BC (Jr., F; North Reading, Mass.) Scored a power-play goal late in the third period for the Eagles in the Frozen Four against Quinnipiac, bringing BC to within one goal of the Bobcats before time expired.
Alex Tuch, BC (So., F; Baldwinsville, N.Y.) Netted the first Boston College goal in the second period of the NCAA national semifinals and finished with four shots on net.
Colin White, BC (Fr., F; Hanover, Mass.) Picked up two shots on net and added an assist on Tuch's goal in the Frozen Four in Tampa, Florida.