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Oct. 15, 1997

Boston College Hockey to Face Bowling Green in 1997-98 Season Opener

  • Boston College (0-0)
  • vs. Bowling Green (1-1)
  • Date: October 17, 1997
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Arena: Kelley Rink (cap. 7,884) Location: Chestnut Hill, Mass. Series Facts
  • First Meeting: March 24, 1978... NCAA Tournament, Boston College won, 6-2.
  • Series History: BC leads, 5-3.
  • Current Streak: Bowling Green, 3 games
  • Last Game: Oct. 19, 1996... In Bowling Green, Ohio, the Falcons completed a two-game sweep with a 4-2 victory. Mike Johnson had three goals and one assist to lead BGSU in the victory. The previous night, BGSU skated past the Eagles, 8-3. Three BC freshmen (Blake Bellefeuille, Mike Mottau and Jeff Farkas) tallied goals in their collegiate debuts.
  • Last BC Victory: March 18, 1989... BC defeated BGSU, 4-2, to complete a two-game sweep in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Kelley Rink. The night before, Steve Heinze's two goals led the Eagles in an 8-5 win.
  • At Kelley Rink: BC is 2-0.
  • Biggest Margin of Victory: BGSU had an 8-3 win on Oct. 18, 1996.
  • Coach Jerry York vs. BGSU: 0-2

    Eagle Slapshots...
    BC won the first five games of the all-time series, including three in NCAA playoff competition... It is the second year in a row that the Eagles have opened their season wit the Falcons... Current BC leader Jerry York coached 16 seasons (1979-94) at Bowling Green, sporting a 342-248-31 record, and captured the NCAA Championship in 1982-83... As coach of the Falcons, York was 1-4 versus BC... Bowling Green competes in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association... The Eagles were 2-2 last season against CCHA members.... BC defeated Michigan State, 4-3, on October 25, 1996 and Notre Dame, 6-1, on November 8... BC will play ND next Friday (7 p.m.) in South Bend, Indiana.

    The 77th season...
    Boston College will begin its 77th season of varsity competition when the referee drops the puck for its game versus Bowling Green on October 17. In 76 years, the Eagles have a cumulative record of 1,057-630-71, a .630 winning percentage.

    High Hopes...
    Boston College was ranked in the top 20 in several 1997-98 preseason polls. In addition, the Eagles were selected fourth in the HOCKEY EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll.

    Boston College in the Preseason Polls
  • The Sporting News #12
  • U.S. College Hockey On Line #14
  • Let's Play Hockey #15
  • Drop The Puck #15

    A Good Reason(er)...
    The Eagles' leading scorer for the past two seasons, junior center Marty Reasoner, returns to the ice.

    An All-HOCKEY EAST selection last season, Reasoner was named to The Sporting News' 1997-98 Preseason All-America team (along with BC senior defenseman Ken Hemenway) and is a candidate for the 1998 Hobey Baker Award.

    More Good Reasons...
    The team's captain for 1997-98, Marty Reasoner has 89 career points, just 11 away from becoming the 51st player in school history to reach the Century Club.

    Last season, Reasoner, who was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round (14th selection) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, scored 44 points (20g, 24a).

  • When Reasoner scores a goal, the Eagles are 19-6-1.
  • Has scored a career-high four points four times in his career.
  • Had a team-high 16 multiple-point games in 1996-97 and 29 in 69 career games.
  • In 1995-96, Reasoner was named HOCKEY EAST Rookie of the Year and was the league's Rookie of the Week, a league-record nine times.

    New Nest for Former Falcons...
    Three members of the Boston College hockey staff are former members of the Bowling Green coaching staff. Head coach Jerry York (4th season at BC, 42-58-3) coached at BGSU from 1979-94.

    Associate head coach Scott Paluch is a 1988 graduate of BGSU and former All-American defenseman for Coach York. Paluch also coached three seasons with York before coming to the Heights. Finally, Eagle assistant coach Mike Cavanaugh spent one season as a graduate assistant at BGSU in 1992-93.

    Ottawa Exhibition Recap...
    On October 11 at Kelley Rink, Boston College defeated the University of Ottawa, 10-0, in an exhibition game. The Eagles flew out to a 5-0 first period as sophomore forward Tony Hutchins scored three goals.

    In the final two periods, the Eagles scored five more times, including two by Marty Reasoner in a 1:23 span early in the second period.

    Freshman forward Brian Gionta added one goal and four assists. Junior goaltender Andy McLaughlin stopped 18 shots. McLaughlin played the full 60 minutes because of injuries to the Eagles' two other goaltenders - - junior Mike Correia and freshman Scott Clemmensen.

    Gionta Earns Weekly Rookie Honors...
    Freshman forward Brian Gionta earned HOCKEY EAST Rookie of the Week accolades (for the week ending October 12) for his one-goal, four-assist performance in the 10-0 exhibition victory over University of Ottawa.

    Following in the footsteps of his new linemate Marty Reasoner, who won the weekly rookie award a league-record nine times in 1995-96, Gionta came to the Heights after two successful seasons with the Niagara Scenics of the Metro Toronto Hockey League.

    The 1996-97 MTHL Player of the Year, Gionta led the Central Division in scoring with 144 points (63g, 81a) in 56 games.

    Injury Report...
    Freshman goaltender Scott Clemmensen fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in this right foot during the hockey team's preseason conditioning workout on October 1. He has returned to practice and will be in uniform for Friday's game against Bowling Green.

    Junior goaltender Mike Correia sprained his left hamstring in the Maroon/Gold intraquad scrimmage on October 5. He is expected to return in the last week of October.

    The NHL Draft and BC...
    Once again, Boston College played a big part in the NHL Entry Draft. Four current Eagles were selected in the June 1997 affair, the most (tied with Notre Dame) of any Division I program.

    Forward Jeff Farkas (3rd round, Toronto Maple Leafs) was the top selection from HOCKEY EAST. Other Eagles taken were forward Kevin Caulfield (5th, Washington Capitals), defenseman Mike Mottau (7th, New York Rangers) and goaltender Scott Clemmensen (8th round, New Jersey Devils).

    What I Did Last Summer...
    Seven Eagles were among the 44 players who participated in the U.S. National Junior Camp, held at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. from August 9-16. Current sophomores Kevin Caulfield, Jeff Farkas and Mike Mottau joined incoming freshmen Bobby Allen, Brian Gionta, Marty Hughes, and Rob Scuderi at the camp.

    At the conclusion of the camp, five Eagles (most of any Division I college) were selected to compete at the Tempere Cup in Tempere, Finland on August 21-24. Caulfield, Farkas, Mottau, Allen and Gionta were the Eagle representatives.

    Longevity...
    Two Boston College defensemen enter the 1997-98 season with consecutive games played streaks. Senior Ken Hemenway has appeared in 77 consecutive games dating back to 1994-95, while junior assistant captain Brendan Buckley has appeared in all 74 games in his two seasons at the Heights.

    Multiple-Point Threats...

    Two high-scoring Eagle sophomores are ready to continue where they left off last season. Forwards Jeff Farkas and Blake Bellefeuille finished third and fourth on the team in scoring as freshmen. Farkas (13g, 26a - 36 pts) had 10 multiple-point games in 1996-97, including three, three-point outings.

    Bellefeuille (16g, 19a - 35 pts) had 11 multiple-point outings last season. Bellefeuille was the only Eagle to record a hat trick in 1996-97, a three-goal outburst against Northeastern on February 28, 1997.

    Almost Three-Quarters Full...
    Boston College returns eight of its top ten scorers from a year ago, including 72.7 percent of its point production. The five members of BC's current sophomore class return to action after combining for 47 goals and 70 goals in 1996-97.

    1996-97 Breakdown of Scoring: Class-by-Class
    Class Goals Assists Points Seniors 30 58 88 Juniors 18 33 51 Sophomores 40 54 94 Freshmen 47 70 117 Totals 145 215 360

    Not Out of Their League...
    In addition to its tough 24-game HOCKEY EAST schedule, Boston College will have another competitive non-conference schedule in 1997-98. Starting with Bowling Green on October 17, the Eagles will play at Notre Dame and Brown and will host St. Lawrence, Harvard and 1997 NCAA Tournament qualifier Clarkson. Last season, Boston College was 3-0 at home versus non-conference opponents.

    Bright Lights, Big City...
    As part of the new television partnership between HOCKEY EAST and FOX Sports New England (formerly SportsChannel New England), Boston College will be featured a league-high three times during the 1997-98 regular season. Starting with a January 10 tilt against Maine, BC fans will see the January 27 game at New Hampshire and the February 6 matchup versus Providence. In addition, select HOCKEY EAST playoff games will be televised.

    Boston College Hockey By the Numbers...
  • 2-0-6 BC's record in its last eight overtime games.
  • 2 Only two players in the 76 years of BC hockey have led the team in scoring three seasons. Tim Sheehy (1968, 69 and 70) and Scott Harlow (1984, 85, 86). One player, Richie Smith (1973,74, 75 and 76) led the Eagles in scoring for four seasons.
  • 4 Shorthanded goals by Blake Bellefeuille in 1996-97, tied for sixth among all Division I players.
  • 5 When the Eagles score five or more goals, they are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games.
  • 6 Number of HOCKEY EAST Rookie of the Week awards earned by Boston College in 1996-97 (Blake Bellefeuille 4 times, Jeff Farkas, twice).
  • 7-1 BC's record in games decided by one goal last season.
  • 14 Returning letterwinners for the Eagles in 1997-98.
  • 509 Number of coaching victories for Jerry York, ranking him ninth all-time. York is currently fourth among active Division I coaches.
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