Dec 19, 1997
Men's Ice Hockey Prepares for Badger Showdown
Next Match Up
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).
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.
Wisconsin - Possible Dec. 28 Opponent
Harvard - Possible Dec. 28 Opponent
Overall Record: 11-5-1
Boston College in the HOCKEY EAST Statistical Rankings
1997-98 Eagle Single-Game Team Highs/LowsHIGHS
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)
The Last Time It Happened....
Overtime Game... 12/9/97 at Boston University, 3-3
Date USA/AHM USCHO Preseason No poll 14th Oct. 20 12th 14th Oct. 27 9th 12th Nov. 3 Not 14th ranked Nov. 10 6th 9th Nov. 17 6th 8th Nov. 24 8th 8th Dec. 1 9th 8th Dec. 8 9th 11th Dec. 15 No 10th poll