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Nov. 21, 1997

Boston College Prepares for Maine

Series Facts
Series History: Boston College leads the all-time series, 29-23-2, which started in the 1978-79 season.
Current Streak: Maine won the last meeting.
Last BC Victory: December 7, 1996; BC won 5-3 at Kelley Rink as Brian Callahan and Marty Reasoner each scored two goals. Chris Masters tied a career-high with three points (1g, 2a) in the victory.
Last Season: The Black Bears took two of three from the Eagles in 1996-97 (6-3, 3-5, and 8-6).
BCs Record at Alfond Arena: Maine leads, 13-11-1. The Black Bears have won the last four meetings. BCs last win in Orono came on Janaury 22, 1994, a 5-3 decision.
Jerry Yorks BC Record vs. Maine: 2-6-1; Yorks BC teams are 0-4 at Alfond Arena.

One-Goal Games... The Eagles are 10-4 in one-goal games against the Black Bears... Overtime Games... There have been six overtime games in the 54 meetings; BC is 3-1-2... The last overtime game was on January 11, 1994 (4-4 tie at Kelley Rink)... Shutouts... There have been four shutouts (three by Maine) in the series... BCs lone shutout against the Black Bears came on October 26, 1985, a 2-0 win in Alfond Arena... 10 goals... BCs highest scoring output against Maine is 10 goals. It was achieved in a 10-2 win at Alfond Arena on February 16, 1982... Tops Against the Black Bears... Marty Reasoner has nine points (6g, 3a) in six games against Maine, while Blake Bellefeuille has five (1g, 4a) in three games.

Did You Know...? When an Eagle scores two or more goals in a game, BC is 5-0... When Marty Reasoner scores a goal, the Eagles are 24-6-1... The two Eagle goaltenders, - -freshman Scott Clemmensen and junior Andy McLauglin - - have combined for a 2.60 goals against average so far this season. Neither player saw action in 1996-97.

Sixth in National Rankings... In the latest USA Today/American Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll (Nov. 17), the Eagles remained sixth (32 points). In the latest U.S. College Hockey Online Poll (Nov. 17), the Eagles moved up one spot to eighth (76 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 1985-86... The Eagles are off to their best start (8-2) since the 1985-86 season. That year, the Eagles, under head coach Len Ceglarski (1972-1992), started the season 8-1.

The Eagles 4-2 start in HOCKEY EAST play is the best since 1990-91, when they started 5-1 in league play. The Eagles remain in first place with eight points, ahead of four teams with six points (Boston University, Maine, UMass-Lowell and Northeastern).

Showing Improvement... Here are the records after 10 games in each of Jerry Yorks three seasons at Boston College.

Year     10 Games   Final Record
1994-95  2-6-2      11-22-2 
1995-96  2-7-1      16-17-3 
1996-97  4-5-1      15-19-4
1997-98  8-2-0      ???

Giontas Been a Giant... Despite his small stature (57, 160 lbs.), freshman right wing Brian Gionta has been playing like a giant in recent weeks.

Playing on a line with Marty Reasoner (16 pts.) and Jamie OLeary (9 pts.), Gionta has a six-game scoring streak (3g, 5a). Gionta had two assists in the 4-3 overtime victory over Harvard on November 18.

Giontas four assists in the season-opening win over Ottawa (Oct. 11) were the most by an Eagle since Steve Heinzes four on December 5, 1989.

Good Reasons to Like Marty... With one power-play goal on November 18 versus Harvard, junior forward and 1998 Hobey Baker candidate Marty Reasoner moved into 47th place on the BC career scoring list (105 points - see chart).

The Eagles leading scorer in his first two seasons at the Heights, Reasoner leads the team with 16 points (8g, 8a) after 10 games this season.

In his last six games, Reasoner has scored 11 points (6g, 5a), including a four-point performance against UNH on November 4. Reasoner is tied for third in HOCKEY EAST with 10 points (5g, 5a).

The Young Defense... After 10 games, the Eagles defensive corps, which includes four freshmen and one sophomore, has limited opponents to 26 goals (2.6 gm) and 223 shots on goal (22.3 gm).

Two players that did not see any action in 1996-97, freshman Scott Clemmensen (4-2, 3.50 g.a.a., .865 sv pct.) and junior Andy McLaughlin (4-0, 1.47 g.a.a, .927 sv. pct.) have shared the netminding duties, while three freshmen (Bobby Allen, Marty Hughes, and Rob Scuderi) have helped bolster the defensive front.

Getting Offensive About the Defense... Offensively, several Eagle blueliners have contributed to the Eagles scoring attack... Sophomore Mike Mottau is tied for third on the team with 10 points (4g, 6a). Mottau was named to the HOCKEY EAST Honor Roll on November 17... Freshman Bobby Allen is fifth on the team with eight points (2g, 6a)... Senior Ken Hemenway (1g, 5a) had one goal and one assist in the win over Harvard... Hemenway (87) and junior Brendan Buckley (84) have consecutive games played streaks... Freshman Marty Hughes (4g, 2a) scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Harvard and has scored goals in his last two contests... Classmate Rob Scuderi has contributed seven assists in 10 games.

Nicks Been Nice... Junior left wing Nick Pierandri assisted on Marty Hughes game-winning goal in the November 18 victory over Harvard. After 10 games this season, Pierandri has six points (1g, 5a). Entering the 1997-98 season, Pierandri had just three points in 42 career games.

517 for York... In his 26th year as a head coach, Boston College mentor Jerry York sports an impressive 517-404-43 career mark. York is his fourth season at BC (50-61-3) and has led the Eagles to their best start in 11 seasons.

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... BC is 4-0 on the road this season, its best start since 1979-80. That year, Len Ceglarskis squad won their first five road games on their way to a 13-3 record away from home.

Dating back to 1996-97, BC has won its last six games on the road. The longest road winning streak in BC history is 10 games (November 23, 1984 to February 23, 1985).

Eagles Excel in One-Goal Games... The 4-3 overtime win over Harvard on November 18 improved the Eagles record to 3-1 in one-goal games this season. In fact, BC is 9-1 in their last 10 one-goal affairs. In Jerry Yorks three-plus seasons, the Eagles are 17-11 in one-goal contests.

Special Teams Improvement... One of the major reasons for the Eagles 8-2 start has been improved play on special teams. With three power-play goals on November 18 against Harvard, BC raised its power-play conversion rate to 22.0% (13 for 59). The Eagles are also killing 84.6% of their 52 man-down situations.

After Ten Games in the Jerry York Era
Year        Record      Power Play      Penalty Killing
1997-98     8-2-0       13-59, 22.0%    44-52, 84.6%
1996-97     4-5-1       10-56, 17.8%    45-61, 73.8%
1995-96     2-7-1        9-62, 14.5%    55-69, 79.7%
1994-95     2-6-2       12-64, 18.8%    54-67, 79.6%

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.

97-98 Eagle Record When...
Overall Record:             8-2
HOCKEY EAST:                4-2
At Home:                    4-2
On the Road:                4-0
Neutral Site:               0-0
Overtime games:             1-1
Scoring first:              3-1
Opponents score first:      5-1
One-goal games:             3-1
Two-goal games:             2-1
Scoring 4+ goals:           5-2
Allowing 4+ goals:          1-2
Outshooting opponent:       7-2
Outshot by opponent:        1-0
Leading after one period:   3-0
Trailing after one period:  2-1
Tied after one period:      3-1
Leading after two periods:  3-1
Trailing after two periods: 2-0
Tied after two periods:     3-1
After a win:                5-2
After a loss:               2-0
After a tie:                0-0
Against the CCHA:           2-0
Against the ECAC:           1-0
Against the WCHA:           0-0
A Comparison of Numbers...
Boston College vs. Maine 
                    BC          Maine
Overall Record:     8-2         5-3-1
HOCKEY EAST:        4-2         3-2-0
Goals Scored:       46/4.6 gm   42/4.7 gm   
Goals Allowed:      26/2.6 gm   31/3.4 gm
Power Play Pct.:    13/59, 22%  21/53, 40%
Penalty Killing:    44/52, 85%  33/40, 83%
Shorthanded Goals:  1           3
Penalties/Minutes:  88/176      48/99
Scoring by Periods: 1   2   3   OT  Tot
Boston College      12  10  23  1   46
Maine               12  21  9   0   42

1997-98 Eagle Single-Game
Individual Highs
Goals: 3, Tony Hutchins vs. Ottawa (10/11)
Assists: 4, Brian Gionta vs. Ottawa (10/11)
Points: 5, Brian Gionta vs. Ottawa (10/11)
Scoring Streak: 6, Brian Gionta (11/2-present)
Penalties: 4, Buckley vs. UNH (11/4); Hemenway at UNH (11/7)
Penalty Minutes: 8, Buckley (11/4), Hemenway (11/7)
Power-Play Goals: 1, several
Shorthanded Goals: 1, Marty Reasoner vs. Ottawa (10/11)
Saves: 30, Scott Clemmensen at UNH (11/7)

1997-98 Eagle Single-Game Team Highs/Lows
Goals: 10, vs. Ottawa (10/11)
Assists: 18, vs. Ottawa (10/11)
Shot Attempts: 69, vs. Merrimack (10/31)
Shots on Goal: 47, vs. Ottawa (10/11)
Penalties: 12, at ND (10/24); at UMass-Amh (11/2)
Penalty Minutes: 24, at ND (10/24), at UMass-Amh (11/2)
Power Play: 3-5 (60%), vs. UNH (11/4)
Power-Play Goals: 3, vs. UNH (11/4), vs. Harvard (11/18)
Penalty Kill: 100%, four times
Saves: 30, at UNH (11/7)
Shorthanded Goals: 1, vs. Ottawa (10/11)
Goals Allowed: 6, vs. Merrimack (10/31)
Shots on Goal Allowed: 31, at UNH (11/7)
PPGs Allowed: 3, vs. Northeastern (11/15)
SHGs Allowed: 1, vs. Merrimack (10/31), UNH (11/4)

Goals: 3, vs. Bowling Green (10/17), at ND (10/24)
Assists: 4, vs. Bowling Green (10/17), at UNH (11/7)
Shot Attempts: 34, at UMass-Amherst (11/2), at UNH (11/7)
Shots on Goal: 18, at UNH (11/7)
Penalties: 5, vs. Merrimack (10/31)
Penalty Minutes: 10, vs. Merrimack (10/31)
Power Play: 0-4 (0%),vs. Merrimack (10/31), at UNH (11/7)
Power-Play Goals: 0, vs. Merrimack (10/31), at UNH (11/7)
Shorthanded Goals: None, five times
Penalty Killing: 50% (3-6), vs. Northeastern (11/15)
Saves: 9, vs. Northeastern (11/15)
Goals Allowed: 1, at UMass-Amherst (11/2), at UNH (11/7)
Shots on Goal Allowed: 14, vs. Northeastern (11/15)
PPGs Allowed: 0, four times
SHGs Allowed: 0, seven times

Marty Reasoner on the BC  Scoring List
37. Greg Brown (1986-90)        24g, 96a - 120
38. Lee Blossom (1979-83)       58g, 60a - 118
39. Mike Ewanouski (1997-81)    51g, 65a - 116
40. Ryan Haggerty (1991-95)     58g, 55a - 113
41. Craig Janney (1985-87)      41g, 69a - 110
42. Len Ceglarski (1948-51)     49g, 59a - 108
43. Paul Schilling (1967-70)    51g, 55a - 106
    Jim Mullen (1963-66)        60g, 46a - 106
    Paul Hammer (1977-81)       55g, 51a - 106
    Jack Callahan (1990-94)     59g, 47a - 106
47. Marty Reasoner (1995-act)   44g, 61a - 105
Boston College Hockey:  Multiple-Point Games
Name            Total (97-98)   Last Time
Marty Reasoner      33 (4)      Nov. 7, 1997 vs. UNH (2g, 2a)
Notes: Had 13 as a freshman and 16 as a sophomore; both team-highs.... Had two
four-game multi-point streaks in 96-97 (11/30 to 12/11; 2/28 to 3/7)... Had three
four-point outings in 95-96
Jamie OLeary        16 (2)      Nov. 2, 1997 at UMass-Amherst (2g, 0a)
Note: OLearys  first multiple-point game (12/4/94) was a career-high point total
(2g, 3a - 5pts.)
Jeff Farkas         13 (3)      Nov. 18, 1997 vs. Northeastern (0g, 2a) 
Note: Farkas had three three-point outings in 1996-97
Blake Bellefeuille  12 (1)      Oct. 24, 1997 at Notre Dame (1g, 1a)
Note:  Bellefeuille had a four-game multiple-point streak in 96-97 (11/26 to 12/6)
Chris Masters       10 (1)      Nov. 14, 1997 at Northeastern (0g, 2a)
Note: Masters had a four-game, multiple-point streak (2g, 9a) in 96-97 (11/1 to 11/16)
Ken Hemenway        10 (1)      Nov. 18, 1997 vs. Harvard (1g, 1a)
Matt Mulhern        5           Mar. 7, 1997 at Merrimack (HE Playoffs) (1g,1a)
Mike Mottau         5 (3)       Nov. 14, 1997 at Northeastern (2g, 0a)
Andy Powers         4           Feb. 12, 1996 vs. Harvard (Beanpot) (1g, 2a)
Brendan Buckley     3 (1)       Oct. 11, 1997 vs. Ottawa (0g, 2a)
Brian Gionta        3 (3)       Nov. 18, 1997 vs. Harvard (0g, 2a)
Kevin Caulfield     1           Feb. 15, 1997 at Merrimack (1g, 1a)
Tony Hutchins       1 (1)       Oct. 11, 1997 vs. Ottawa (3g, 1a)
Bobby Allen         1 (1)       Oct. 11, 1997 vs. Ottawa (0g, 2a)
Marty Hughes        1 (1)       Oct. 11, 1997 vs. Ottawa (1g, 1a)
Rob Scuderi         1 (1)       Nov. 4, 1997 vs. UNH (0g, 2a)
Nick Pierandri      1 (1)       Nov. 14, 1997 at Northeastern (0g, 2a)

The Last Time It Happened.... BC Hockey
Last Overtime Game...                   11/18/97 vs. Harvard, 4-3
Last Overtime Win...                    11/18/97 at Harvard, 4-3
Last Overtime Loss...                   11/15/97 vs. Northeastern, 4-5
   *Fact:  BC is 3-1-6 in its last 10 overtime games.
Last time BC scored 10 goals...         10/11/97 vs. Ottawa, 10-0
Last time BC scored 15 goals...         1/30/85 vs. UMass-Lowell, 15-6
Last time BC allowed 10 goals...        2/15/97 vs. Merrimack, 5-11
Last BC home shutout...             10/11/97, 10-0 vs. Ottawa
Last BC road shutout...             11/8/88, 6-0 at UMass-Lowell
Last HOCKEY EAST shutout...             1/26/91, 4-0 vs. UMass-Lowell
Last time BC was shutout...             3/14/97, 0-4 to UNH (HE semifinals)
Longest winning streak in York-era...   5 games (1/19 to 2/2/96) 
Last time BC player had hat trick...    10/11/97, Tony Hutchins, vs. Ottawa, 10-0  
Last time BC player scored 4 goals...   2/17/91, Bill Guerin vs. Northeastern, 10-8
Last time BC player had 4 assists...    10/11/97, Brian Gionta vs. Ottawa, 10-0
Last time BC goalie had 40-49 saves...  3/7/97, Greg Taylor vs. Merrimack (42 saves)
Last time BC goalie had 50+ saves...    1/12/96, Greg Taylor vs. BU  (61 saves) 

BC in the Polls: Week by Week
Date        USA/AHM     UCHO
Preseason   No poll     14th
Oct. 20     12th        14th
Oct. 27     9th         12th
Nov. 3      Not ranked  14th
Nov. 10     6th         9th
Nov. 17     6th         8th
BC Hockey East Weekly Honors
Oct. 12 Brian Gionta, F     Rookie of the Week
Oct. 12 Tony Hutchins, F    Honor Roll
Oct. 12 Andy McLaughlin, G  Honor Roll
Oct. 12 Marty Reasoner, F   Honor Roll
Oct. 19 Marty Hughes, D     Rookie of the Week
Nov. 3  Jamie OLeary, F Honor Roll
Nov. 10 Scott Clemmensen, G Rookie of the Week
Nov. 10 Marty Reasoner, F   Honor Roll
Nov. 17 Mike Mottau, F      Honor Roll

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