DENVER — Nathan Gerbe no longer has to be a gracious runner-up.

Twenty-four hours after missing out on the Hobey Baker award, 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 as the Eagles finally hoisted the trophy after losing in the title game to Wisconsin in 2006 and Michigan State last year.