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Dec 19, 1997

Men's Ice Hockey Prepares for Badger Showdown

Next Match Up
Bank One Badger Showdown
(Dec. 27-28, 1997)
Hosted by the University of Wisconsin
Bradley Center (17,800) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Eagles hockey will travel to Milwaukee, WI, the last weekend in December to make its third appearance in the Badger Showdown. Boston College is 1-3 in the annual holiday tournament, which is in its ninth year.

In 1989, Boston College defeated Minnesota-Duluth, 3-2, in the first round before bowing to Wisconsin, 6-3, in the championship game of the inaugural tournament. In 1992, the Eagles dropped two games (10-3 to Wisconsin and 6-3 to Miami of Ohio).

Eagles #9 in Nation... Boston College, off to its best start since 1990-91, is ranked in both national college hockey polls. The Eagles are ninth in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll (Dec. 15). In the latest U.S. College Hockey Online Poll (Dec. 15), the Eagles are 10th.

Look at the Improvement... At the midway point of the 1997-98 season, the Eagles are off to their best start under head coach Jerry York. Here are the records after 17 games in each of Yorks four seasons at BC.

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

Non-League Success... The Eagles have a 6-1 record versus non-conference opponents this season, including a 2-0 record away from home. The Eagles won their first six non-league games before losing to Clarkson, 4-3, on November 29 in Chestnut Hill, Mass... Dating back to 1996-97, the Eagles are 10-5 in their last 15 non-league contests.

Hutchins Earns Weekly Honor... With two goals (his second multiple-goal effort of the season) in a 3-3 overtime tie at top-ranked Boston University on December 9, sophomore forward Tony Hutchins earned HOCKEY EAST Player of the Week honors.

Hutchins is the first Eagle to earn the honor this season... After 17 games, Hutchins is tied for eighth on the team with 11 points (8 goals, 3 assists)... Hutchins eight goals are the third-highest total on the team.

Good Reasons to Like Marty... With 116 career points, junior center and 1998 Hobey Baker candidate Marty Reasoner is tied for 39th place on the BC scoring list. The team's leading scorer for the past two seasons, Reasoner has been a major reason why the Eagles are off to their best start in seven seasons.

Reasoner leads the Eagles and ranks fourth in HOCKEY EAST with 27 points (15g, 12a).
Has scored 12 points (7g, 5a) in his last eight games.
Has scored goals in eight of his last 11 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.

Reasoner on BC Career Scoring List
34. Warren Lewis (1947-50)       54gm   65g, 57a - 122
    Marc Beran (1989-93)        150gm   55g, 67a - 122
36. David Franzosa (1988-92)    139gm   42g, 79a - 121
37. Greg Brown (1986-90)        119gm   24g, 96a - 120
38. Lee Blossom (1979-83)       111gm   58g, 60a - 118
39. Mike Ewanouski (1997-81)    116gm   51g, 65a - 116
    Marty Reasoner (1995-act)    86gm   51g, 65a - 116

Missing But Still In Action... Three Boston College players -- sophomore forward Jeff Farkas, sophomore defenseman Mike Mottau and freshman forward Brian Gionta -- will not be in action in the Badger Showdown. Instead, they will be with the U.S. National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championships in Finland from December 25 to January 4.

Mottau leads all Eagle defensmen in scoring with 17 points (6g, 11a). With six goals in 17 games, Mottau has already eclipsed his 1996-97 total of five... The team's assist leader, Farkas has scored 19 points (4g, 15a) this season, including 13 in his last 10 games... The top-scoring freshman in HOCKEY EAST, Gionta is second on the team in scoring (10g, 13a - 23 pts).

U.S. Junior Team Notes... BC had the most selections of any U.S. Division I college... Farkas is the 11th player in the 22-year history of the U.S. National Junior Program to make the team three times. BC has produced three of the 11 players -- Farkas, Ted Crowley (1988-90), and Brian Leetch (1985-87)... The second-youngest member of the 1996 team, Farkas joined BC teammates Marty Reasoner and Blake Bellefeuille on the 1997 silver-medal winning U.S. team.

Injury Report... Freshman defenseman Bobby Allen dislocated his right shoulder on December 11. He returned to practice on December 25, but is questionable for the Badger Showdown... Sophomore center Blake Bellefeuille, who missed the December 9 game at Boston University with a sprained right shoulder, will be back in the lineup for the Badger Showdown. Bellefeuille is tied for fifth on the team with 14 points (6g, 8a).

Hemenway Continues Streak... Dating back to his freshman season (1994-95), senior defenseman Ken Hemenway has played in 94 consecutive games, the longest streak of any current Eagle... Hemenway is tied for ninth on the team with 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists)... Both of his goals were power-play tallies; 16 of Hemenways 21 career goals have been on the power play.

Freshmen Fast Facts... The freshman class has accounted for 31.6 percent of the team's scoring production in 1997-98. Though he will miss the Badger Showdown, forward Brian Gionta (10g, 13a) has scored a point in 12 of his last 13 games... Forward Mike Lephart (3g, 6a) has scored four points in his last five games... Defenseman Marty Hughes (4g, 6a) has two game-winning goals... Defenseman Rob Scuderi is second among Eagle defensmen with nine assists... Defenseman Bobby Allen (3g, 8a) has two power-play goals to his credit.

Between the Pipes... Two players who did not see any game action for BC in 1996-97 have given the Eagles productive play in net this season.

Freshman Scott Clemmensen is 7-5 with a 3.35 goals against average and .861 save percentage. Clemmensen had a season-high 30 saves on November 7 in a 4-1 win at New Hampshire.

Junior Andy McLaughlin is coming off his best performance of the season, a career-high 36-save performance on December 9 in a 3-3 tie at top-ranked Boston University. McLaughlin, who was named to the HOCKEY EAST Honor Roll on December 14, sports an impressive 4-0-1 record with a 2.55 goals against average and .898 save percentage.

Head Coach Jerry York... In his 26th year as a head coach, BC mentor Jerry York sports an impressive 520-407-44 career mark. York is in his fourth season at BC (52-64-4).

Currently the ninth all-time winningest college hockey coach, York is fourth among active Division I coaches.

A 1967 graduate of Boston College and former hockey star for John Snooks Kelley, York has also coached at Clarkson (1972-79) and Bowling Green (1979-94). In 1983-84, York led BGSU to a NCAA title (34-8-2).

Special Teams Update... In its last four games, BC has killed 30 of 34 man-down situations (88.2 %). Overall, the Eagles are 85 of 103 (82.5%) in penalty-killing situations.

On the power play, the Eagles are 23 of 101 (22.8%). BC has scored at least one power-play goal in 14 of its 17 games... The Eagles are 10-3 in games where they scored at least one man-up goal... Four times this season (all victories), the Eagles have scored three power-play goals... Marty Reasoner and Brian Gionta each have a team-high five power-play goals.

Road Warriors... BC is 6-1-1 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 record-setting 13-3 mark away from home. Dating back to last season, BC 8-1-1 in its last 10 road games.

Two Goals Equal Good Things... BC is 8-1-1 this season when an Eagle scores two or more goals in a game. There have been 11 multiple-goal games by six different Eagles so far this season... Marty Reasoner has the team-lead with five.

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 76 goals (47.4%) 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 36-23 scoring advantage in the final period.

Versus Ranked Teams... The Eagles are 3-2-1 against ranked opponents in 1997-98... BC is 2-1-1 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).

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) and 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 Tube... Boston College's first two games of the new calendar year will be televised. On January 9, the BC-Boston University (7 p.m.) contest at Kelley Rink will be broadcast by WABU-TV 68 (Boston). The following night, the BC-Maine (7 p.m.) tilt will be televised on FoxSports New England (formerly SportsChannel).

The 1997 Bank One Badger Showdown Field

Northern Michigan - Dec. 27 5 p.m.
Overall Record: 8-5-3, 7-4-2 CCHA
Head Coach: Rick Comley (25th year, 22nd at Northern Michigan)
Series Record: BC leads, 4-3.
Last Meeting: November 28, 1988 in Chestnut Hill. BC won 5-4 in overtime on a goal by Steve Scheifele.
Series Notes: All seven meetings occurred between 1984 and 1988 as part of an interlocking scheduling agreement between the WCHA and HOCKEY EAST.... The home team has won each game in the series... BC head coach Jerry York was 9-9-1 against the Wildcats while coach of Bowling Green (1979-94).

Wisconsin - Possible Dec. 28 Opponent
Current Record: 8-6, 7-3 WCHA
Head Coach: Jeff Sauer (27th year, 16th at Wisconsin)
Series Record: Wisconsin leads, 6-5, and has won the last three meetings.
Last Meeting: December 28, 1992 at Milwaukee, Wis. The Badgers won, 10-3, in the first round of the Badger Showdown.
Series Notes: BC's last victory over the Badgers occurred on January 9, 1989, a 4-3 overtime decision in Madison.... BC is 0-4 against the Badgers in neutral-site games... Against Wisconsin, Jerry York was 0-2 while head coach at Clarkson, and 1-0-1 while at Bowling Green.

Harvard - Possible Dec. 28 Opponent
Current Record: 4-5-1, 4-3-1 ECAC
Head Coach: Ronn Tomassoni (8th season)
Series Record: BC leads 53-39-3, and has won the last five meetings.
Last Meeting: November 18, 1997 at Chestnut Hill, Mass. Freshman Marty Hughes goal 4:16 into overtime lifted the Eagles to a 4-3 victory at Kelley Rink.
Series Notes: The Eagles are 19-9 in games against the Crimson decided by one goal... There have been five shutouts (two by BC) in the series... Jerry York is 4-0 against Harvard in his four seasons at BC... York is 6-4 overall against the Crimson in his 26-year coaching career (2-2 at Clarkson, 0-2 at Bowling Green).

97-98 Eagle Record When...

Overall Record: 11-5-1
At Home: 5-4
On the Road: 6-1-1
Neutral Site: 0-0
Overtime games: 1-1-1
Scoring first: 5-2
Opponents score first: 6-3-1
One-goal games: 3-2
Two-goal games: 2-1
Scoring 4+ goals: 8-3
Allowing 4+ goals: 1-5
Outshooting opponent: 10-4
Outshot by opponent: 1-1-1
Leading after one period: 5-0-1
Trailing after one period: 3-3
Tied after one period: 3-2
Leading after two periods: 5-1-1
Trailing after two periods: 3-2
Tied after two periods: 3-2
After a win: 7-4
After a loss: 3-1-1
After a tie: 0-0
Against the CCHA: 2-0
Against the ECAC: 3-1
Against the WCHA: 0-0

Boston College in the HOCKEY EAST Statistical Rankings
as of Dec. 15*
Power Play
HEA 10-59, 17% 5th
Overall 21-92, 23% 5th
Penalty Killing
HEA 47-61, 77% 7th
Overall 78-96, 81% 6th
Team Offense
HEA 4.10 4th
Overall 4.13 4th
Team Defense
HEA 4.00 5th
Overall 3.38 5th
Team Penalties
HEA 26:42 avg. 1st
Overall 25:13 avg. 1st
*Does not count 10/11 Ottawa game

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: 11, Brian Gionta (11/2-11/29)
Penalties: 4, three times
Penalty Minutes: 19, Brendan Buckley vs. BU (12/7)
Power-Play Goals: 2, Marty Reasoner vs. St. Lawrence (11/28)
Shorthanded Goals: 1, three times
Saves: 36, Andy McLaughlin at BU (12/9)

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: 19, at BU (12/9)
Penalty Minutes: 54, at BU (12/9)
Power Play: 3-5 (60%), vs. UNH (11/4)
Power-Play Goals: 3, three times
Penalty Kill: 100%, five times
Saves: 36, at BU (12/9)
Shorthanded Goals: 1, three times
Goals Allowed: 12, at Maine (11/22)
Shots on Goal Allowed: 42, at Maine (11/22)
PPGs Allowed: 5, at Maine (11/22)
SHGs Allowed: 1, vs. Merrimack (10/31), UNH (11/4)

Goals: 1, vs. BU (12/7)
Assists: 3, vs. BU (12/7)
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: 0-5 (0%), at Maine (11/22)
Power-Play Goals: 0, three times
Shorthanded Goals: None, five times
Penalty Killing: 44% (4-9), at Maine (11/22)
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, many times

Multiple-Point Games...
Marty Reasoner *36 (7) Nov. 28, 1997 vs. St. Lawrence (2g,1a)
Jamie OLeary 17 (4) Nov. 28, 1997 vs. St. Lawrence (1g, 1a)
Jeff Farkas 16 (6) Dec. 9, 1997 at BU (0g, 2a)
Blake Bellefeuille 14 (3) Nov. 29, 1997 vs. Clarkson (0g, 2a)
Ken Hemenway 10 (2) Nov. 25, 1997 at Brown (1g, 1a)
Chris Masters 10 (1) Nov. 14, 1997 at Northeastern (0g, 2a)
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 (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 2 (2) Dec. 9, 1997 at BU (2g, 0a)
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)
*Career Multiple-Point Outings (1997-98 )

The Last Time It Happened.... Overtime Game... 12/9/97 at Boston University, 3-3
Overtime Win... 11/18/97 at Harvard, 4-3
Overtime Loss... 11/15/97 vs. Northeastern, 5-4
*Fact: BC is 3-1-7 in its last 11 overtime games.
BC scored 10 goals... 10/11/97 vs. Ottawa, 10-0
BC scored 15 goals... 1/30/85 vs. UMass-Lowell, 15-6
BC allowed 10 goals... 11/21/97 at Maine, 12-5
BC home shutout... 11/28/97, 6-0 vs. St. Lawrence
BC road shutout... 11/8/88, 6-0 at UMass-Lowell
HOCKEY EAST shutout... 1/26/91, 4-0 vs. UMass-Lowell
BC was shutout... 3/14/97, 4-0 to UNH
BC was shutout at home... 11/29/92, 6-0 vs. Clarkson
Winning streak in York-era... 5 games (1/19 to 2/2/96)
BC player had hat trick... 10/11/97, Tony Hutchins vs. Ottawa
BC player scored 4 goals... 2/17/91, Bill Guerin vs. Northeastern
BC player had 4 assists... 10/11/97, Brian Gionta vs. Ottawa
BC goalie had 40-49 saves... 3/7/97, Greg Taylor vs. Merrimack (42)
BC goalie had 50+ saves... 1/12/96, Greg Taylor vs. BU (61)

Poll Watching...
    Date        USA/AHM USCHO
    Preseason   No poll 14th
    Oct. 20     12th    14th
    Oct. 27     9th     12th
    Nov. 3      Not     14th
    Nov. 10     6th     9th
    Nov. 17     6th     8th
    Nov. 24     8th     8th
    Dec. 1      9th     8th
    Dec. 8      9th     11th
    Dec. 15     No      10th

POLLS: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine and U.S. College Hockey Online

Weekly Honors...
Date    Player            Honor
Oct. 12 Brian Gionta      Rookie of the Week
Oct. 12 Tony Hutchins     Honor Roll
Oct. 12 Andy McLaughlin   Honor Roll
Oct. 12 Marty Reasoner    Honor Roll
Oct. 19 Marty Hughes      Rookie of the Week
Nov. 3  Jamie OLeary      Honor Roll
Nov. 10 Scott Clemmensen  Rookie of the Week
Nov. 10 Marty Reasoner    Honor Roll
Nov. 17 Mike Mottau       Honor Roll
Nov. 24 Marty Hughes      Honor Roll
Dec. 1  Marty Reasoner    Honor Roll
Dec. 1  Brian Gionta      Honor Roll
Dec. 14 Tony Hutchins     Player of the Week
Dec. 14 Andy McLaughlin   Honor Roll

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