Friars Gain Their First NCAA Hockey Title
The tying goal had nothing to do with the divine hand of Providence.
It was more like the unlucky skate of Boston College.
And from that point onward, it seemed like it'd be only a matter of time before the Friars sniped the winning goal and claimed this season's NCAA hockey championship.
Providence thus became the tournament's third first-time titlist in a row. In fact, this was only the school's second-ever trip to the Frozen Four. The other was back in 1985, when dinosaurs and wooden sticks ruled the earth.
No wonder they didn't survive the Ice Age.
However, these dudes got it done all season long by playing the college version of old-time hockey:
Having a solid backstop in Jon Gillies didn't hurt, either, in making a couple of goals stand up:
And with that, the Friars rekindled the spirt of Rhode Island and Roger Williams, this time by separating the silverware from the State of Massachusetts.