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Oct. 22, 1997

BC Travels to Notre Dame

Boston College (1-0) vs. Notre Dame (3-0)
Date: October 24, 1997          Time: 8 p.m. (Central Time)
Arena: Joyce Center (cap. 2,667)    Location: Notre Dame, Ind.

Series Facts

First Meeting: December 20, 1969; Boston College won, 7-3.
Series History: BC leads the all-time series, 10-7.
Current Streak: Boston College has won last two games.
Last Game: Nov. 8, 1996... In Chestnut Hill, Mass., the Eagles cruised to a 6-1 victory as six different players scored goals. Forward Chris Masters scored one goal and added two assists to lead Boston College.
BC's Record At Joyce Center: 4-1; the Eagles have won the last three meetings.
Biggest Margin of Victory: Notre Dame won, 14-3, on Dec. 18, 1971.
Top BC Scorers Verus ND:
Ken Hemenway    3 gp, 4 pts (1g, 3a)
Chris Masters   1 gp, 3 pts (1g, 2a)
Marty Reasoner  2 gp, 3 pts (3g, 0a)
Coach Jerry York vs. ND: 2-1
12/28/94    at Chestnut Hill, Mass.     ND, 3-2
10/27/95    at Notre Dame, Ind.         BC, 7-5
11/8/96     at Chestnut Hill, Mass.     BC, 6-1

Eagle Slapshots...
BC has won six of the last seven meetings dating back to the 1977-78 season... The series was an annual affair from 1969-70 to 1978-79, but took a hiatus until January 5, 1989... The winner of the game will take possession of the John "Snooks" Kelley/Charles "Lefty" Smith Trophy... BC's highest scoring output in the series is 11 goals (12/22/74, 11-4 win)... There has never been a shutout nor an overtime game in the 17 meetings between the two schools... The Eagles have averaged 5.9 goals per game against the Fighting Irish... Boston College is in its 77th season of varsity competition and has a cumulative record of 1,058-630-71, a .630 winning percentage.

Polling...
Boston College continues to be ranked among the top teams in the nation. In the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll (Oct. 20), the Eagles received four votes (12th overall). In the latest U.S. College Hockey Online Poll (Oct. 20), the Eagles received seven votes (14th overall).

Hughes Earns Rookie Honors...
For the second consecutive week, a Boston College freshman earned HOCKEY EAST Rookie of the Week honors. Defenseman Marty Hughes captured the honor for the week ending October 19, joining forward Brian Gionta (the October 12 recipient).

On October 17, Hughes scored the game-winning goal with 3:47 left in the third period to lift Boston College to a season-opening 3-2 victory over Bowling Green. Hughes' first collegiate goal came just 1:18 after the Falcons tied the score, 2-2.

Hughes came to Boston College after playing one season (1996-97) at Lawrence (Mass.) Academy and three (1993-96) at St. Mary's High School in Manhasset, N.Y. At both places, he led his teams to league and state championships. Last season, Hughes earned Boston Globe All-Scholastic honors. This past summer (August 1997), he participated in the U.S. Junior National Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y.

A Good Reason(er)...
The Eagles' leading scorer for the past two seasons, junior center Marty Reasoner, returns to the ice as a candidate for the 1998 Hobey Baker Award.

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). Reasoner has had success against Notre Dame in his Eagle career. In two games, Reasoner has scored three goals, including two in BC's 7-5 road victory on October 27, 1995.

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 earned the league's Rookie of the Week honor a league-record nine times.

510 for York... With a 3-2 victory over his former team Bowling Green, on October 17, Boston College head coach Jerry York (4th season at BC, 43-58-3) improved his overall record to 510-403-43. Currently the ninth all-time winningest college hockey coach, York is fourth among active Division I coaches.

Bowling Green Recap... The Eagles snapped a two-game skid against the Falcons with a 3-2 season opening victory before 2,371 at Kelley Rink. Junior forward Andy Powers and freshman defensemen Bobby Allen and Marty Hughes tallied the goals for the Eagles.

The Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two periods, before the Falcons stormed back to tie the score with 5:05 left. Hughes scored the game-winner, off an assist from senior Jamie O'Leary, with 3:47 left. Junior Andy McLaughlin stopped 20 shots for the Eagles.

Other Notables from the BGSU Victory...
Freshman forward Mark McLennan recorded his first collegiate point as he assisted on Powers' goal 5:17 into the first period. Mark is the son of former Clarkson star John McLennan (1965-68)... The Eagles are 4-0-1 in their last five games when they score first.... Sophomore defenseman Mike Mottau continued his fine play from last season (HOCKEY EAST All-Rookie Team) with an assist (on Allen's second period goal)... The Eagles are 2-1 in season openers in Jerry York's three seasons and 15-5 in the last 20.

Frosh Start Quickly Again...
For the second consecutive year, multiple freshman Eagles tallied goals in the season opener. Goals by first-year players Marty Hughes and Bobby Allen highlighted the Eagles' victory over Bowling Green. In an 8-3 loss to Bowling Green to start the 1996-97 season, freshmen Blake Bellefeuille, Jeff Farkas and Mike Mottau notched the goals in their collegiate debuts.

Eagles Excel in One-Goal Games...
Including the 3-2 victory over Bowling Green on October 17, the Eagles are 9-1 in their last 10 games that have been decided by one goal. In Jerry York's three-plus seasons, the Eagles are 15-10 in one-goal contests.

First Win for McLaughlin...
Seeing action for the first time since February 24, 1996 (at New Hampshire), junior goaltender Andy McLaughlin recorded his first collegiate victory against Bowling Green. The Milton, Mass. native stopped 20 shots, including several in the final minutes as the Eagles held an one-goal lead. McLaughlin did not see any action last season.

The #3 goalie on the Eagles' preseason depth chart, McLaughlin was thrust into action when injuries sidelined junior Mike Correia (strained left hamstring) and freshman Scott Clemmensen (fractured fifth metatarsal in left foot).

Ironically, it was the second season-opener that McLaughlin has started (and third game overall) in his BC career. On October 13, 1995, McLaughlin played all 60 minutes and made 27 saves in a 5-2 loss to Michigan State in the Great Western Freezeout

Allen Shows No Doubts....
Highly-regarded freshman defenseman Bobby Allen also looked impressive in his collegiate debut against Bowling Green. Allen's goal 7:51 into the second period on a 5-on-3 power play put the Eagles up 2-0. The Hull, Mass. resident looked solid on defense as the Falcons were not able to convert on any power-play opportunities (0-4).

Injury Report...
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...
A total of 15 players -- seven from Boston College and eight from Notre Dame -- in tonight's game 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 BC 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. Two ND forwards -- Joe Dusbabek and Ben Simon -- were selected as well.

Longevity...
Two Boston College defensemen entered the 1997-98 season with consecutive games played streaks and continued the trend against Bowling Green. Senior Ken Hemenway has appeared in 78 consecutive games dating back to 1994-95, while junior assistant captain Brendan Buckley has appeared in all 75 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 10 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...
The victory over Bowling Green on October 17 increased the Eagles' winning streak against non-conference opponents to four games, dating back to 1996-97. Once again, the Eagles will play a competitive non-league schedule in 1997-98, including home contests against Harvard, St. Lawrence and Clarkson.

Bright Lights, Big City...br> 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.
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.
18 Number of NCAA Tournament appearances for the Eagles.
510 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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