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It's still a one-way avenue
E. M. Swift
April 03, 1978
Boston University won the NCAA battle and the war of Commonwealth Avenue
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April 03, 1978

It's Still A One-way Avenue

Boston University won the NCAA battle and the war of Commonwealth Avenue

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Despite its triumph in the ECACs, BC seemed lost in the shadow of BU's superior record. In their three games this season, BU had waltzed to 6-3, 12-5 and 10-5 wins, and while the series is close (it now stands at 64-54-6 in BU's favor), in the past decade the Terriers have a 25-5-2 record against the Eagles.

After Bowling Green silenced Wisconsin 4-3 in the consolation, the first sellout (11,038) crowd of the tournament saw BC Defenseman Joe Augustine called for holding just nine seconds into the championship game. In all, it took BU just 38 seconds to beat Skidmore for a 1-0 lead, with ubiquitous Center Mark Fidler scoring on a slap shot from the top of the face-off circle.

For the next few minutes Skidmore kept the floodgates closed, and Mullen tied the game 1-1 with a power-play tip-in. Bobby Hehir put BC ahead 2-1 when he picked up a puck left in front of BU's net following a mix-up between Defenseman Dick Lamby and Goalie Jim Craig. "That one was for the point spread," said BU Co-captain Jack O'Callahan. Thereafter, though, BU controlled the game. Silk and Tony Meagher scored to make it 3-2 BU at the end of the first period. It was 5-2 after Meagher and Fidler scored their second goals, and although BC did narrow the final margin to 5-3, BU never was in distress. In fact, only Skidmore's acrobatics—he foiled a half-dozen BU breakaways—kept the score that close.

O'Callahan, who had six assists in the tournament and was named MVP, seemed more relieved than thrilled at the national championship. "We were 28-2 coming into this tournament, but we were on the outside looking in," he said. "Now we're on the inside looking out at the rest of them." Then he shook his head. "But we shouldn't have to beat BC for the nationals. Hell, we can do that anytime."

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