Nathan Gerbe no longer has to be a gracious runner-up. The nation's leading scorer led Boston College to the NCAA hockey championship that had eluded the talent-laden Eagles the last two seasons. Gerbe scored twice and added two assists in B.C.'s 4-1 win over Notre Dame at the sold-out Pepsi Center tonight as the Eagles finally hoisted the trophy after losing in the title game the past two years.
Gerbe, who lost out on the Hobey Baker Award Friday, had a hat trick in the semifinals against North Dakota and finished his command performance at the Frozen Four with five goals and three assists. The 5-foot-5 fireplug from Oxford, Mich., who scored 35 goals and 32 assists, shrugged off losing out to Michigan's Kevin Porter for hockey's equivalent of the Heisman.