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Dec 8, 1997

Eagles Prepare For Second Game in BU Series

Reasoner continues to shine, York improves record.

Series Notes... Boston University leads the all-time series, 100-81-13. The series began in 1917-18... Last Year: BC was 0-2-2 against BU... Last BC Victory: March 2, 1996; BC won 3-1 in Chestnut Hill. David Hymovitz scored two goals and Greg Taylor made 42 saves as the Eagles snapped a Terrier 16-game series winning streak.

Last BC Victory at Walter Brown Arena: March 7, 1992; BC won 5-2 in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs... Jerry York's BC Record vs. BU: 1-9-3... Yorks teams are 0-7-1 at Walter Brown Arena versus BU... Next Meeting: January 9, 1998 at BCs Kelley Rink. Face off is 7 p.m.

Eagles #9 in Nation... Boston College remained ninth in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll (Dec. 8). In the latest U.S. College Hockey Online Poll (Dec. 8), the Eagles dropped three spots to 11th.

Look at the Improvement... Here are the records after 16 games in each of Jerry Yorks three-plus seasons at BC.

Year   16 Games    Final Record
1994-95 4-9-2       11-22-2 
1995-96 6-9-1       16-17-3 
1996-97 7-8-1       15-19-4
1997-98 11-5-0      ???

Road Warriors... BC is 6-1 on the road this season, its best start since 1979-80. That year, Len Ceglarski's squad won its first five road games on its way to a 13-3 mark away from home. Dating back to last season, BC has won eight of its last nine road games.

BC has not won in BU's Walter Brown Arena since 1992. However, twice this season, BC has healed some past road woes. On November 7, the Eagles won for the first time at New Hampshire since 1990. On November 21, BC defeated Maine in Alfond Arena for the first time since 1994.

Versus Ranked Teams... The Eagles are 3-2 against ranked opponents in 1996-97... BC is 2-1 on the road against ranked teams. The Eagles have defeated then #5 New Hampshire (4-1, November 7) and then #9 Maine (6-1, November 21).

Good Reasons to like Marty... With 115 career points, junior center and 1998 Hobey Baker candidate Marty Reasoner ranks 40th on the BC career scoring list. Reasoner needs two points to pass Mike Ewanouski (1977-81, 116 pts.) and move into 39th.

 Reasoner leads the Eagles with 26 points (15g, 11a).
 Has scored goals in eight of his last 10 games.
 Has five multiple-goal games this season (13 in career).
 Has seven multiple-point games this season (36 in career).
 The Eagles are 8-2 when Reasoner scores a goal in 1997-98.

Mottau Leads Defense... Sophomore Mike Mottau leads all defensmen in scoring with 17 points (6g, 11a). With six goals, Mottau has already eclipsed his 1996-97 total of five. After 16 games this season, Mottau is just six points away from his 1996-97 scoring output (5g,18a, 23 pts.).

Farkas Forges Ahead... Despite going scoreless in Sundays game, sophomore forward Jeff Farkas has scored 11 points (2g, 9a) in his last nine games... After 16 games this season, Farkas is third (tied) on the Eagles with 17 points (4g, 13a)... In 51 career games, Farkas has 53 points (17g, 53a).

Playing and Learning... BC's freshman class has been impressive so far this season. Forward Brian Gionta is second on the team in scoring (9g, 13a - 22 pts). Giontas 11-game scoring streak (the longest of any Eagle since 1990-91) was snapped on Sunday versus Boston University.

Forward Mike Lephart has scored three points (2g, 1a) in his last four games... Defenseman Bobby Allen scored BC's lone goal on Sunday against BU and has tallied 11 points (3g, 8a)... Blueliners Marty Hughes (4g, 6a) and Rob Scuderi (0g, 8a) have also played well... Hughes has two game-winning goals to his credit.

Back to Camp... Four Eagles (Jeff Farkas, Bobby Allen, Brian Gionta and Mike Mottau) will be among the 28 players who will participate in the U.S. National Junior Training Camp on December 14-18 in Hackensack, N.J.

At the conclusion of the camp, 22 players will be chosen to represent the United States at the World Junior Championships in Finland in late December. Last season, three Boston College players (Farkas, Marty Reasoner and Blake Bellefeuille played in the World Junior Championships.

Injury Report... Sophomore center Blake Bellefeuille will miss tonights game with a sprained right shoulder. Bellefeuille suffered the injury in the second period of Sundays game. Bellefeuille is tied for fifth on the team with 14 points (6g, 8a).

Head Coach Jerry York... In his 26th year as a head coach, BC mentor Jerry York sports an impressive 520-407-43 career mark. York is his fourth season at BC (52-64-3).

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).

Power Play Has Been Good... In its last four games, BC has converted seven of its last 22 power-play opportunities, a 31.8 percent conversion rate. The Eagles (23 of 94, 24.5% overall) have scored at least one power-play goal in 13 of their 16 games this season.

Two Goals Equal Good Things... BC is 8-1 this season when an Eagle scores two or more goals in a game. In 1996-97, the Eagles were 8-3-2.

One-Goal Games... The Eagles are 3-2 in one-goal games this season. In fact, BC is 8-2 in its last 10 one-goal affairs. In Jerry York's three-plus seasons, the Eagles are 17-12 in one-goal contests.

Third-Period Success... Boston College has scored 36 of its 73 goals in the third period this season. In its 11 victories this season, Boston College has outscored its opponents 31-7 in the third period. Overall, the Eagles have a 36-22 scoring advantage in the final period.

Balanced Scoring... One of the biggest reasons for BC's early-season success has been balanced scoring. Each of the four classes has contributed in the scoring department this season for the Eagles.

Class    (No.)   G   A  Pts  Ppg.     Leading Scorer
Senior    (2)    6  18  24  1.50      Jamie OLeary (4g, 10a)
Junior    (6)   24  26  50  3.12      Marty Reasoner (15g, 11a)
Sophomore (5)   24  38  62  3.87      Mike Mottau (6g,11a),Jeff Farkas (4g, 3a) 
Freshman  (7)   19  43  62  3.87      Brian Gionta (9g, 13a)

Eagles Sign Three Recruits... Head coach Jerry York announced the signing of three recruits for the 1998-99 season. Forwards Jeff Giuliano (St. Pauls School), Ales Dolinar (Lawrence Academy), and defenseman Brooks Orpik (Thayer Academy) signed national letters of intent in the early signing period (Nov. 12-19).

The NHL Draft and BC... Four current Boston College players, the most (tied with Notre Dame) of any Division I program, were selected in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. 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.

Eagle Hockey on the Radio... 1997-98 Boston College hockey can heard live on WNFT-1150 AM with Sean Grande (play-by-play) and John Rish (analysis) calling the action.

Boston College Hockey Multiple-Point Games:
Name              Total (97-98)    Last Time
Marty Reasoner    36 (7)  Nov. 28, 1997 vs. St. Lawrence (2g,1a)
Notes: Had 13 as a freshman and 16 as a sophomore; both team-highs.... Had two four-game multiple-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      17 (4)  Nov. 28, 1997 vs. St. Lawrence (1g, 1a)
Note: OLearys  first multiple-point game (12/4/94) was a career-high point total (2g, 3a - 5pts.)
Jeff Farkas       15 (5) Nov. 28, 1997 vs. St. Lawrence (0g, 2a)   
Note: Farkas had three three-point outings in 1996-97
Blake Bellefeuille 14 (3) Nov. 29, 1997 vs. Clarkson (0g, 2a)
Note:  Bellefeuille had a four-game multiple-point streak in 96-97 (11/26 to 12/6) 
Ken Hemenway      10 (2)   Nov. 25, 1997 at Brown (1g, 1a)
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)
Mike Mottau        7 (5)  Nov. 28, 1997 vs. St. Lawrence(2g, 2a)
Brian Gionta       5 (5)  Nov. 28, 1997 vs. St. Larwrence(1g,2a)
Matt Mulhern       5      Mar. 7,  1997 at Merrimack (HE Playoffs) (1g,1a)
Andy Powers        4 (1)  Nov. 21, 1997 at Maine (2g, 0a)
Brendan Buckley    3 (1)  Oct. 11, 1997 vs. Ottawa (0g, 2a)
Bobby Allen        2 (2)  Nov. 21, 1997 at Maine (0g, 2a)
Tony Hutchins      1 (1)  Oct. 11, 1997 vs. Ottawa (3g, 1a)
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)
Kevin Caulfield    1      Feb. 15, 1997 at Merrimack (1g, 1a)
The Last Time It Happened....
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, 5-4
*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...11/21/97 at Maine, 12-5
Last BC home shutout...11/28/97, 6-0 vs. St. Lawrence
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, 4-0 to UNH (HE semifinals)
Last time BC was shutout at home...11/29/92, 6-0 vs. Clarkson
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) 
Moving Up With Marty Reasoner...
34. Warren Lewis   (1947-50)        65g, 57a - 122
    Marc Beran     (1989-93)        55g, 67a - 122
36. David Franzosa (1988-92)        42g, 79a - 121
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. Marty Reasoner (1995-act)       51g, 64a - 115
Eagles Against the Terriers...
Player             Gms. Points
Marty Reasoner      9   4g, 3a - 7 pts.
Jamie OLeary       13   3g, 4a - 7 pts.
Chris Masters       9   2g, 4a - 6 pts.
Jeff Farkas         5   3g, 1a - 4 pts.
Mike Mottau         5   1g, 2a - 3 pts.
Blake Bellefeuille  5   0g, 3a - 3 pts.
Other Eagle Milestones....

Senior Jamie OLeary (30g, 61a) needs nine points to reach 100 in his career.

Junior Marty Reasoner needs seven assists to move past Jerry York into 34th place on the career list. Reasoner is currently 36th (tied) with 51 career goals. Reasoner's six-game goal streak was the longest since David Emma had a 10-game streak (1/22 to 2/17/91).

Senior Ken Hemenway has played in 93 consecutive games. In nine home dates this season, the Eagles are averaging 3,712 fans. The last time the Eagles shut out BU was February 24, 1960, 5-0.

BC Hockey East Weekly Honors
Date    Player              Honor
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
Nov. 24 Marty Hughes, D     Honor Roll
Dec. 1  Marty Reasoner, F   Honor Roll
Dec. 1  Brian Gionta, F     Honor Roll

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
    Nov. 24      8th         8th
    Dec. 1       9th         8th
    Dec. 8       9th        11th
    USA Today/American Hockey Magazine      
    Coaches Poll and U.S. College Hockey Online

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