Nov. 6, 1997
Boston College (4-1, 2-1) vs. New Hampshire (4-1, 0-1)
Date: November 7, 1997 Time: 7 p.m.
Arena: Towse Rink (6,000) Location: Durham, N.H.
Radio: WNFT 1150-AM
Series History: UNH leads the all-time series, 42-41-4.
Current Streak: BC's 6-4 victory on November 4 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. snapped a six-game UNH winning streak. BC improved to 8-7-1 against UNH at Kelley Rink.
Coach Jerry York vs. UNH: 2-8-1
BC's Record at Towse Rink: 0-3
Other Series Notes... UNH's 11 goals in an 11-1 win on November 19, 1994 are the most scored by any team since Kelley Rink opened in 1988... BC's highest scoring output in the series was 13, on January 21, 1941... UNH has all three shutouts in the series... The third and final BC/UNH meeting this season (January 27, 1998) will be televised by FoxSports New England as part of its new agreement with HOCKEY EAST... Boston College is in its 77th season of varsity competition and has a cumulative record of 1,060-630-71, a .631 winning percentage.
Best Start Since 1990-91... The Eagles are off to their best start (4-1) since the 1990-91 season. That season, Boston College finished 27-12 and made its 18th NCAA Tournament appearance.
513 for York... Tuesday's victory over UNH improved Boston College head coach Jerry York's (4th season at BC, 45-59-3) career record to 513-404-43. Currently the ninth all-time winningest college hockey coach, York is fourth among active Division I coaches.
Notes from November 4... Boston College 6, UNH 4
The six goals scored by the Eagles were a season-high... The six goals were the most scored by the Eagles against UNH since November 19, 1993 when BC won 8-3... Veteran blueliners Ken Hemenway (81 games) and Brendan Buckley (77) extended their consecutive games played streaks... Freshman defenseman Rob Scuderi hasd a season-high two assists in the victory and has four in his last three games... Freshman Mike Lephart became the second first-year player on the 1997-98 Eagle roster to have his first collegiate goal be a game-winner. Classmate Brian Gionta's first goal was the game-winner in the 3-2 win at Notre Dame on October 24... It was the second consecutive game that an Eagle had two goals ... With one assist against the Wildcats, senior forward Jamie O'Leary extended his scoring streak to three games (3g, 3a)... Sophomore defenseman Mike Mottau (1g, 5a on the season) tied a career-high (achieved four other times) with two assists in the victory... Marty Reasoner's two goal effort was the first an Eagle had a multiple-goal effort against UNH since David Hymovitz tallied two on December 9, 1995.
More Reasons to like Marty... Junior forward and 1998 Hobey Baker Award candidate Marty Reasoner showed why he is one of the top players in the country in Tuesday's victory. Reasoner tied a career-high with four points (2g, 2a) on his way to the 31st multiple-point game of his career (74 games). It was his eighth collegiate two-goal performance.
In his last two games, Reasoner has totaled seven points (2g, 5a). After five games, Reasoner leads the team with eight points (2g, 6a). A first-round draft choice (14th pick) of the St. Louis Blues in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Reasoner currently has 97 points (38g, 59a) in his BC career, just three away from becoming the 51st player in Eagle history to reach the century mark.
New Hampshire Ties... Two Boston College players have ties to the Granite State. Sophomore forward Tony Hutchins is a native of Wolfeboro. Hutchins, an eighth-round selection of the St. Louis Blues in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, recorded his first career assist on November 2 against UMass-Amherst. Hutchins has eight goals and one assist in 30 career games. Freshman Mark McLennan, a native of Kanata, Ontario, played the 1996-97 season at Phillips Exeter Academy.
Eagles Drop In Rankings... After being ranked for the first time last week since the 1990-91 season, Boston College dropped out of the latest USA Today/American Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll (Nov. 3). In the latest U.S. College Hockey Online Poll (Oct. 27), the Eagles are 14th (4 votes).
Power-Play Improvement... The Eagles were an impressive 3 for 5 on the power play in their 6-4 victory over UNH on November 4. That is a vast improvement from the Eagles' 2 for 20 conversion rate was in four meetings with the Wildcats last season.
After five games this season, the Eagles are 6 for 24 (25%) on the power play. Two of freshman forward Brian Gionta's three goals have come on the power play.
Improvement on the power play has been evident in head coach Jerry's York's tenure at BC. In each of his three seasons, the Eagles have improved their power-play percentage.
Season Power Play Pct.
1994-95 30 for 201 14.9%
1995-96 33 for 208 15.9%
1996-97 42 for 194 21.6%
1997-98 6 for 24 25.0%
Killing Time... Boston College has excelled in man-down situations. After five games, the Eagles are 22 for 25 killing penalties (88%). Against UNH on November 4, the Eagles were 4 for 4. After five games last season, the Eagles' penalty-killing percentage was considerably lower (25-35, 71%).
Eagles Excel in One-Goal Games... With two 3-2 victories this season, the Eagles are now 10-1 in their last 11 games that have been decided by one goal. In Jerry York's three-plus seasons, the Eagles are 16-10 in one-goal contests.
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).
All told, there are eight members of the 1997-98 Boston College team that have been drafted by NHL teams.
What I Did Last Summer... Seven Boston College players 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.
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.