Walker scores as St. Cloud State beats BC to reach Frozen Four
Anchorage’s Nolan Walker continues to rise to the occasion at the NCAA Tournament, scoring a goal for his fourth point in two games as St. Cloud State beat No. 2-ranked Boston College 4-1 in the Northeast Regional final in Albany, New York.
With the win, St. Cloud advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time since 2013 and only the second time in school history.
Walker’s goal extended his team’s lead to 3-1 late in the second period and gave him a career-high nine in 29 games this season.
The junior forward carried the puck to the net with a BC defender draped all over him before sliding it past the goalie.
Initially, Walker was whistled for an interference penalty. But the call was reserved after replay and the Alaskan was awarded his first postseason goal in three career NCAA Tournament games.
The goal was a thing of beauty and really showcased Walker’s grit and guts.
He ranks fourth on his team in scoring with 22 points on nine goals and 13 assists.
Seven of his last nine points have been assists since his 4-goals-on-4-shots game in January.
The Frozen Four will be held April 8-10 in Pittsburgh and feature St. Cloud against Minnesota State in the first game and Minnesota Duluth against Massachusetts in the second game.
The Minnesota State team features freshman Anchorage’s Tanner Edwards, who is redshirting this season and has not played.