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BC romps, advances to Frozen Four finals

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BC romps, advances to Frozen Four finals

Associated Press

DETROIT - Wisconsin and Boston College advanced in the Frozen Four with a pair of routs.

They don't expect it to be as easy to win the NCAA hockey championship.

The Badgers beat Rochester Institute of Technology 8-1, then the Eagles pulled away from Miami of Ohio to win 7-1 in the nightcap at Ford Field on Thursday.

When the teams meet Saturday night in a rematch of the 2006 finals, Boston College's Ben Smith expects the game to be much different than the semifinals were for the traditional powers.

"It won't be as high scoring," Smith said.

The Badgers got past Boston College 2-1 for their sixth national title four years ago and their first since 1990.

"I wasn't here in '06, but I know it was a pretty tough loss for a lot of the guys," Smith said. "It's exciting to be back in the national championship game."

Unless you were rooting for the winning teams, there weren't many thrills in this year's Frozen Four. The combined margin of victory of 13 tied the 1953 semifinals for the second largest in NCAA hockey history, two fewer than the differential from the 1954 tournament.

One rout didn't come as a surprise.

One did.

Wisconsin wasted little time showing why it has an elite college hockey program and that Rochester Institute of Technology isn't quite ready for the sport's biggest stage.

The Badgers scored in the opening minutes of the first two periods.

"Like a snowball, it just got rolling and got bigger and bigger," said Derek Stepan, who scored Wisconsin's second and eighth goals.

RIT, seeded 15th in the 16-team field just five years after moving to Division I, ended its first Frozen Four appearance with a thud.

"We ran into a powerhouse," Tigers coach Wayne Wilson said.

Smith put the Eagles ahead of top-seeded Miami 1-0 on a power-play goal with 1:28 left in the opening period. Boston College began to pull away with Jimmy Hayes' power-play goal early in the second and Joe Whitney's goal a minute later. The Eagles turned it into a lopsided affair with four goals in the third.

"We feel very good about playing Wisconsin on Saturday night, that's for sure," said Boston College coach Jerry York, whose 30th NCAA tournament win tied the career record set by Boston University's Jack Parker.

Boston College is in the championship game for the fourth time in five years and seeks its second title in three seasons and the fourth in school history.

The Frozen Four set a world indoor attendance record for hockey, drawing an announced crowd of 34,954 for the two games.

Ford Field home of the NFL's Detroit Lions was prepared for a record crowd with a rink set up near an end zone and portable seats along the boards opposite the team benches.

The two-game session smashed the Frozen Four attendance record of 19,432 set in St. Louis three years ago and hockey's indoor mark of 28,183 from Tampa Bay's home game at Tropicana Field against Philadelphia during the 1996 NHL playoffs.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

0:41 - Tom Giles, Michael Holley, and Tom Curran react to the Patriots’ 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday night and whether the Patriots deserve to be considered Super Bowl favorites.

6:09 - Is Johnson Bademosi an upgrade over Stephon Gilmore at cornerback for the Patriots? Michael Hurley joins BST to debate with Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Kayce Smith. They also discuss the defense’s overall improvement in Sunday night’s win.

14:37 - NBC Sports Boston’s Red Sox insider Evan Drellich joins the show to talk about the Red Sox hiring Alex Cora to be their new manager, whether it was the right choice, and how his presence will affect the Red Sox clubhouse.

22:14 - Kayce Smith and Tom Curran discuss Kyrie Irving’s vulgar response to a Philadelphia fan yelling “Where’s LeBron?” at him on Friday night.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE