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Dec 29, 1997

Lephart Earns Hockey East Rookie of the Week Honors

BC Players lead U.S. National Junior Team at IIHF World Junior Championship

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Boston College freshman right wing Mike Lephart (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) earned HOCKEY EAST Rookie of the Week honors for the week ending December 28.

Lephart scored four points in two games at the Bank One Badger Showdown in Milwaukee, Wis. On December 28, Lephart registered his first collegiate hat trick in a 6-6 tie against Harvard in the consolation game. The three-goal effort was team's second this season. One day earlier, Lephart assisted on one goal in a 3-2 loss to Northern Michigan.

Lephart is the fourth Boston College freshman this season to earn the league's weekly honor.

The ninth-ranked Eagles (11-6-2) will resume action on January 9 with a HOCKEY EAST matchup against top-ranked Boston University at 7 p.m.

Reasoner Selected to All-Tournament Team... Junior center Marty Reasoner (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) was selected to the Bank One Badger Showdown All-Tournament. After going scoreless against Northern Michigan, Reasoner scored three points (2g, 1a) versus Harvard. The two-goal effort was Reasoner's sixth of the season. After 19 games, Reasoner leads the Eagles with 30 points (17g, 13a).

Three Boston College players -- sophomore forward Jeff Farkas (Williamsville, N.Y./Nichols), freshman forward Brian Gionta (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) and sophomore defenseman Mike Mottau (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy) -- lead the U.S. National Junior Team in scoring through the first three games of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Helsinki and Hameenlinna, Finland.

Through three games, the three Eagles have accounted for 12 of the United States' 25 points. Gionta has four goals and one assist, and has tallied at least one goal in each of the three contests. Farkas has three goals and two assists. Mottau has one goal and one assist.

Farkas and Gionta each scored one goal in a 3-2 loss to Russia in the Sunday, December 28's preliminary-round contest. Gionta also assisted on Farkas' goal. The loss dropped the United States to 1-2-0 and into a three-way tie for third place in the Group B preliminary round standings.

In an 8-2 win over Kazakhstan on December 26, Farkas registered two goals and two assists. Gionta scored two goals, and Mottau had one goal.

In a 6-3 tournament-opening loss to Slovakia on December 25, Gionta scored one goal with Mottau assisting.

The United States will play its final game of the preliminary round on Tuesday, December 30 against Switzerland.

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