WASHINGTON -- Vermont freshman Drew MacKenzie's two third-period goals will never be forgotten at Vermont or Boston University.
The defenseman's first goal of the season gave the Catamounts a 4-3 lead with less than 11 minutes left in their Frozen Four semifinal against Boston University. His next goal of the season tied it. The gaffe helped put top-seeded BU right where it supposed to be, in the national championship game.
MacKenzie, a freshman, accidentally tipped the puck into his own net with 6:54 left allowing BU to complete a third-period comeback. BU's Colin Wilson then scored the game winner off a rebound with 5:41 left.
The win slayed a lot of demons for BU. Its season was ended last season by Vermont in the Hockey East Tournament. The Catamounts swept two games at BU in November.
"That was going around our lockerroom," BU's Matt Gilroy said. "There's no way they're knocking us out of this."
The top-seeded Terriers used the nation's best offense to score at least five times for the 15th time this season. Vermont had rallied to tie it 3-3 after two periods, the same score as the two games in November.
"To not let them close us out was a big plus for us," BU coach Jack Parker said. "We were supposed to be the team that was supposed to win this. "
MacKenzie did not seem phased by the mistake. He had battle back from mono this season and had only eight points all season before two on Thursday.
"That's part of the game," Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon said. "It's a game of mistakes."
BU senior Chris Higgins got credit for the tying goal. Wilson then ripped in a rebound of Higgins' shot for the game winner. BU will play Miami (Ohio) Saturday night for the national championship. Miami has never won a national championship in any sport. BU is seeking its fifth title, but has not won it all since 1995. The Terriers are 20-1-3 since Jan. 16.
"We walk down our hallway with pictures of our national championship teams," BU defenseman Matt Gilroy said. "You go out and look at the banners, we'd love to add to it."