For this week, ACE Player of the Week could have gone to the entire Celtics team who is currently riding a five-game winning streak and have just claimed first place in the Atlantic Division. It also could have gone to the Bruins who have just clinched first place in the Northeast Division and a spot in the playoffs. The Red Sox have made several headlines of their own, including the two new starters of their rotation. However, the attention this week should be given to the BC Eagles and their reappearance in the NCAA Men’s Hockey Frozen Four.
Newly honored as the Player of the Month for March, BC junior goal-tender Parker Milner, has been guaranteeing the Eagles wins this month with an 8-0-0 record, a .088 GAA, and .971 save percentage. During this run, Milner has had two shut-outs and has allowed no more than two goals in any of the games.
For the 2011-12 College Hockey season, Milner was 27-5-0, with a 1.70 GAA, and a .935 save percentage. In his BC career, he is 40-9-1, with a 1.98 GAA, and a .924 save percentage over 51 games.
Milner comes from Pittsburgh, PA and has previously played on the Waterloo Black Hawks before entering college. The 6’1, 197lb player has done well all year, but it is his play in the playoffs that makes the difference for the Eagles.
The Eagles finished the 2011-12 regular season in first place with a 30-10-1 record, a #1 ranking across the country, and are currently riding on a 17-game win streak, including both regular and postseason play.
Led by longtime coach Jerry York, the Eagles this season beat Northeastern and Boston University for its third consecutive Beanpot Championship win, UMass Amherst, Providence, and Maine for the Hockey East Tournament Championship, and the Air Force and Minnesota Duluth so far in the NCAA Tournament.
In the 2-0 win over the Air Force, Milner blocked all 20 shots against him and junior forward Chris Kreider scored both goals. They followed up with a 4-0 win against Minnesota Duluth in a game in which Milner made all 33 stops and the Eagles got goals from junior forward Pat Mullane, sophomore forward Bill Arnold, junior defenseman Patrick Wey, and freshman forward Johnny Gaudreau.
BC will play the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities on Thursday April 5 at 8:00 pm. The Frozen Four is hosted this year in Tampa. Winner of the BC/Minnesota game will play the winner of the Union College vs. Ferris State University in the finals on Saturday April 7 at 7:00pm.
The team and their fans are hoping for two more stellar performances from Milner and the rest of the team to get back into the Championship game and come home with a win. BC has won the title four times, most recently in 2008 and again in 2010.