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Dec 11, 1997

Boston College Hockey Heads into Holiday Season with Best Record Since 1990-91

Eagles #9 in Nation... After 17 games, Boston College is 11-5-1, its best start to a season since 1990-91. The Eagles are currently ranked ninth in the latest USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll (Dec. 8).

In HOCKEY EAST... The Eagles have compiled a 5-4-1 record in HOCKEY EAST action. With 11 points, the Eagles are currently tied in third place with Boston University.

Road Warriors... The Eagles are 6-1-1 on the road this season, their best start since 1979-80. Dating back to last season, the Eagles are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games away from home. Twice this season, Boston College has cured 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.

Head coach Jerry York... In his 26th year as a head coach, BC mentor Jerry York sports an impressive 520-407-44 career mark. After seven seasons at Clarkson (1972-79) and 15 at Bowling Green (1979-1994), York is enjoying his best season (11-5-1) at Boston College (52-64-3).

Currently the ninth all-time winningest college hockey coach, York is fourth among active Division I coaches. Look at the improvement in each of Yorks four seasons at BC.

        Year            After 17 games      Final Record
        1994-95         4-11-2              11-22-2
        1995-96         6-10-1              16-17-3
        1996-97         7-9-1               15-19-4
        1997-98         11-5-1                ????

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. All told, there are eight members of the 1997-98 Boston College team that have been drafted by NHL teams.

1997-98 Eagle Slapshots.... The Eagles are 3-2-1 against ranked opponents this season... The Eagles are 3-2 in one-goal games and 8-2 in their last 10... When an Eagle has scored two or more goals in a game, BC is 8-1-1... The Eagles have scored 36 of their 76 goals in the third period this season.

In its 11 victories, BC has outscored its opponents 31-7 in the final period... In its last four games, BC has killed 30 of 34 man-down situation, an 88.2 success rate... Overall, the Eagles are 23 of 101 on the power play (22.8%) and 85 of 103 in penalty-killing situations (82.5%).... In nine home dates so far this season, BC is averaging 3,172 fans.

Up Next... On December 27, Boston College faces Northern Michigan in the first round of the Bank One Badger Showdown in Milwaukee, Wis. Host Wisconsin will meet Harvard in the other first-round game.

Updated Player Notes

#2, BOBBY ALLEN Freshman Defenseman Hull, Mass./Cushing Academy One of the top freshman defensemen in the country... Has appeared in all 17 games... Tied for seventh on the team in scoring with 11 points (3g, 8a)... Had two assists in his first collegiate contest on October 18 against Ottawa.. Scored his first collegiate goal on October 17 versus Bowling Green... Contributed two assists on November 21 in a 6-1 win at Maine, the Eagles first road win in Orono since 1994... Had a five-game scoring streak from November 7 to November 21... Tallied the Eagles lone goal against Boston University on December 7... One of four Eagles who will participate in the U.S. National Junior Training Camp on December 14-18 in Hacksensack, N.J.

#3, MIKE MOTTAU Sophomore Defenseman Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy Has appeared in all 17 games... Fourth on the team with 17 points, including a single-season high six goals... Has five multiple-point games...Tied for second on the team with two game-winning goals... Has two multiple-goal games (November 14 at Northeastern, November 28 versus St. Lawrence)... Named to HOCKEY EAST Honor Roll on November 17... Had career-high three assists on November 25 at Brown... Recorded career-best four points (2g, 2a) on November 28 versus St. Lawrence... One of four Eagles who will participate in the U.S. National Junior Training Camp on December 14-18 in Hacksensack, N.J.

#4, KEN HEMENWAY Senior Defensman Anchorage, Alaska/West Has appeared in 94 consecutive games dating back to the 1994-95 season... Has contributed 10 points (2g, 8a)... Recorded two multiple-point games... Scored the game-tying goal (and added an assist) on November 18 against Harvard... Tallied one goal and one assist on November 25 at Brown... Scored at least one point in four consecutive games from November 14 to November 21.

#6, MARTY HUGHES Freshman Defenseman Hicksville, N.Y./Lawrence Academy Has appeared in all 17 games... One of three freshmen with double-figure point totals (10 points - 4g, 6a)... Has scored two game-winning goals (October 17 versus Bowling Green and November 18 versus Harvard)...Earned HOCKEY EAST Rookie of the Week accolades on October 20... Had one goal and one assist on October 11 in his first collegiate game versus Ottawa... Named to HOCKEY EAST Honor Roll on November 17... Had a six-game point scoring streak fronm November 15 to November 28.

#7, ROB SCUDERI Freshman Defensman Bethpage, N.Y./St. Anthonys Has appeared in all 17 games... Has recorded nine assists, tied for second among Eagle defensemen... Tallied one assist on October 11 versus Ottawa; his first collegiate game ... Notched two assists in November 4 victory versus New Hampshire, the first over the Wildcats since 1995-96... Recorded five assists in a four-game stretch from October 31 to November 7... Assisted on one goal on December 9 at Boston University.

#8, JOE KEALTY Freshman Defenseman Framingham, Mass./Catholic Memorial Has appeared in two games... Recorded one assist, in his first collegiate game, on October 11 versus Ottawa.

#9, CHRIS MASTERS Junior Forward Lexington, Mass./Matignon Has appeared in all 17 games... Has two goals and four assists... Recorded two assists on November 15 against Northeastern... Tallied one goal in victories over Ottawa (October 11) and New Hampshire (November 4)... Assisted on an overtime game-winning goal on November 18 versus Harvard.

#11, MARTY REASONER Junior Forward Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Deerfield Academy 1998 HOBEY BAKER Candidate... Team captain... Has appeared in all 17 games... First on the team with 27 points (15g, 12a)... Tied for fifth in HOCKEY EAST in scoring (7g, 7a)... Has scored at least one point in 13 of the Eagles 17 games... Had a six-game goal scoring streak from November 18 to November 29... Tied for team lead with five power-play goals... Has a team-high seven multiple-point games and five multiple-goal games.

Tied a career high with four points (2g, 2a) in season opener on October 11 versus Ottawa... Tied a career high with three assists (on all three goals) on November 2 at UMass-Amherst... Became 51st player in BC history to reach the 100-point milestone on November 4 versus New Hampshire... Totalled four goals and two assists in a two-game sweep over New Hampshire on November 4 and 7... Had back-to-back three-point outings (2g, 1a) on November 25 at Brown and November 28 versus St. Lawrence... The Eagles are 8-2 when Reasoner scores a goal.... With 116 career points (51g, 64a), Reasoner is tied with Mike Ewanouski 81 in 39th place on the BC career scoring list.

#12, BRIAN GIONTA Freshman Forward Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute Has appeared in all 17 games... Second on the team (and leads all Eagle freshmen) with 23 points (10g, 13a)... Top-scoring freshman in HOCKEY EAST... Second on the team in assists... Has scored at least one point in 14 of the Eagles 17 games... Had an 11-game scoring streak, longest of any current Eagle and longest since David Emmas 22-game streak in 1990-91... Has tallied five multiple-point games... Had a team-high five points (1g, 4a) in first collegiate game on October 11 versus Ottawa.

Earned HOCKEY EAST Rookie of the Week honors on Oct. 13... Scored one goal and one assist on November 4 versus New Hampshire... Tallied one goal and two assists on November 28 against St. Lawrence... Named to HOCKEY EAST Honor Roll on December 1... Tallied one goal on December 7 at Boston University... One of four Eagles who will participate in the U.S. National Junior Training Camp on December 14-18 in Hacksensack, N.J.

#13, BLAKE BELLEFEUILLE Sophomore Forward Framingham, Mass./Framingham Has appeared in 16 games... Missed the BU game on December 9 with a shoulder injury... Tied for fifth on the team with 14 points (6g, 8a)... Had a five-game point scoring streak from November 15 to November 25... Has registered three multiple-point games... Tallied a third-period game-tying goal on October 24 at Notre Dame... Scored a season-high three points (2g, 1a) on November 21 at Maine.

#23, KEVIN CAULFIELD Sophomore Forward Hyde Park, Mass./Thayer Academy Has appeared in 16 games... Has two goals and three assists... Assisted on Blake Bellefeuilles game-tying goal on October 24 at Notre Dame... Tallied game-tying power-play goal on November 14 at Northeastern... Assisted on one goal on November 21 at Maine.

#24, ANDY POWERS Junior Forward Arlington, Mass./Arlington Has appeared in 16 games... Has scored three goals and one assist... Scored Eagles first goal in October 17 win over Bowling Green... Tallied career-high two goals on November 22 at Maine.

#26, MIKE LEPHART Freshman Forward Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna Has appeared in 15 games... Tied for fourth among all freshmen with nine points (3g, 6a)... Had a three-game scoring streak (November 25-29)... First collegiate point was an assist on the game-winning goal on October 24 at Notre Dame...Scored first collegiate goal in November 4 victory over New Hampshire... Had one goal on November 25 at Brown... Assisted on teammate Tony Hutchins first-period goal on December 9 at Boston University.

#27, BRENDAN BUCKLEY Junior Defenseman Needham, Mass./Needham One of the teams two assistant captains... Appeared in 16 of teams 17 games... Missed second BU game on December 9 because of a disqualification two days earlier... As a result, his 90 consecutive games played streak was snapped... Has scored three points, all assists... Assisted on two goals on the October 11 season opener against Ottawa... Had one assist on November 28 versus St. Lawrence.

#29, ANDY McLAUGHLIN Junior Goalie Milton, Mass./Milton Academy Has a 4-0-1 record in net after not seeing any game action in 1996-97... Has 1-0-1 record in HOCKEY EAST play... Has not allowed more than three goals in his five starts... Leads team with a 2.55 goals against average... Recorded 18 saves and first career shutout on October 11 against Ottawa... Stopped 20 shots on October 17 in 3-2 victory over Bowling Green... Made 24 saves on November 28 at UMass-Amherst... Recorded 14 saves on November 18 in 4-3 overtime victory over Harvard... Stopped a career-high (and team season-high) 36 shots on December 9 at top-ranked Boston University.

#30, SCOTT CLEMMENSEN Freshman Goalie Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale Had logged most minutes of any Eagle goalie (699:08)... Has a 7-5 record, 4-4 in HOCKEY EAST play... Has a 3.35 goals against average... Had 24 saves on October 24 in a 3-2 victory at Notre Dame in his first collegiate start... Had 46 saves in a two-game sweep over New Hampshire on November 4 and 7; recorded a season-high 30 in the second game of the series... Stopped 28 shots in a 6-1 victory over then ninth-ranked Maine on November 21... Recorded first collegiate shutout on November 28 versus St. Lawrence (16 saves).

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