Nov. 12, 1997
Boston College Prepares for Northeastern
Boston College (6-1, 3-1) at Northeastern (3-3, 2-1)
Eagle Slapshots... Since 1984-85 (the start of HOCKEY EAST), the Eagles and Huskies have met 50 times. BC holds a 30-16-4 advantage in that span... Shutouts... There have been seven shutouts in the series, six by Boston College (last one, February 2, 1970) and one by Northeastern (last one, February 1, 1988)... Three Stars for Bellefeuille...Sophomore Blake Bellefeuille scored seven points (4g, 3a) in the three games against Northeastern last season. On February 28, Bellefeuille notched the Eagles' lone hat trick of the season, scoring three third-period goals (two shorthanded) in a 7-5 home win over the Huskies... O'Leary's Career-High... Senior forward Jamie O'Leary's career-high five-point (2g, 3a) performance came on December 2, 1994 versus Northeastern... Farkas Assists Others... Sophomore Jeff Farkas tied a season high with three assists in the 7-5 win on February 25, 1997... Boston College is in its 77th season of varsity competition and has a cumulative record of 1,063-630-71, a .631 winning percentage.... Did You Know?... Boston College won 24 consecutive games over Northeastern from January 10, 1937 from January 28, 1952.
Eagles Back in the Polls... Boston College returned to the top ten after a week hiatus. In the latest USA Today/American Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll (Nov. 10), the Eagles are sixth (38 points). In the latest U.S. College Hockey Online Poll (Nov. 10), the Eagles are ninth (82 points). It is the highest ranking for Boston College since February 24, 1991. BC was fifth in the final Albany Times Union College Hockey Weekly Poll.
Best Start Since 1990-91... The Eagles are off to their best start (6-1) since the 1990-91 season. That season, Boston College started 6-1 and finished 27-12, earning its 18th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Eagles' 3-1 start in HOCKEY EAST play is the best since 1990-91 (5-1).
Clemmensen Earns Weekly Rookie Honors... Freshman Scott Clemmensen earned HOCKEY EAST Co-Rookie of the Week honors (with Providence's Boyd Ballard) for the week ending November 9. Clemmensen is the third member of Boston College's freshman class to earn the weekly honor. Classmates Brian Gionta (Oct. 14) and Marty Hughes (Oct. 21) are the others. Clemmensen totaled 48 saves in two victories over nationally-ranked New Hampshire last week. On November 7, Clemmensen stopped a season-high 30 shots in the Eagles' 4-1 victory. For the season, Clemmensen sports a 3-1 record, a 3.01 goals against average and an .883 save percentage.
Youthful Defenders... Boston College's three freshman defensemen have adapted well to the collegiate level. First-year players and Rob Scuderi, Bobby Allen, Marty Hughes have given the Eagles production in both the defensive and offensive zones. Scuderi is second on the team with six assists, including five in his last four games. Allen has scored five points (2g, 3a), while Hughes has four (2g, 2a).
Reasoner Hits Century Club... With six points last week (4g, 2a), junior center and 1998 Hobey Baker Award candidate Marty Reasoner became the 51st player in Eagle history to reach the century mark. With 103 points (42g, 61a), Reasoner is tied with Michael Spalla (1990-94) for 50th on the career scoring list. Named to HOCKEY EAST's Weekly Honor Roll on November 9, Reasoner has scored nine points (4g, 5a) in his last three games, all multiple-point games. Last season, Reasoner had two four-game multiple-point streaks.
Knack for Game-Winning Goals... Freshman forward Brian Gionta's game-winning goal in the November 7 victory over UNH was his second of the season. Gionta also tallied the game winner on October 24 at Notre Dame. First on the team with 38 shots on goals, Gionta is second in scoring with 10 points (4g, 6a).
Other Notables from the UNH Series...The November 7 victory marked the Eagles' first in four tries at Whittemore Center... The game was a sellout (6,110)... The Eagles won consecutive games over the Wildcats for the first time since 1991... Despite being outshot for the first time all season (31 to 18), the Eagles won their third straight game... Veteran blueliners Ken Hemenway (83 games) and Brendan Buckley (79) extended their consecutive games played streaks... With one assist against the Wildcats, senior forward Jamie O'Leary extended his scoring streak to four games (3g, 4a)... It was the third consecutive game that an Eagle scored two goals (O'Leary vs. UMass-Amherst and Reasoner vs. UNH, twice)... Marty Reasoner's two-goal effort on November 7 was his 10th collegiate two-goal performance.
515 for York... The two-game sweep over UNH last week improved Boston College head coach Jerry York's (4th season at BC, 47-59-3) career record to 515-404-43. Currently the ninth all-time winningest college hockey coach, York is fourth among active Division I coaches. York, a 1967 graduate of Boston College, previously coached at Clarkson (1972-79) and Bowling Green (1979-94). In 1983-84, York led BGSU to a NCAA title (34-8-2).
Road Warriors... Boston College is 3-0 on the road this season, allowing just four goals. The last time an Eagle team won their first three road games was 1979-80. That year, Len Ceglarski's team won their first five road games on its way to a 13-3 record away from home and 25-7-1 overall.
Killing Time... Boston College has excelled in man-down situations. After seven games, the Eagles are 35 for 39 killing penalties (89.7%), second in HOCKEY EAST. In the two-game sweep over UNH, the Eagles were 10 for 11. After seven games last season, the Eagles' penalty-killing percentage was considerably lower (34-46, 74%).
Third Period Success... Boston College has outscored its last three opponents, 8-1, in the third period. In their six victories this season, the Eagles have outscored their opponents, 15-5, in the final period.
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 who 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.