Jan. 7, 1998
Eagles Take on Top-Ranked Boston U.
BC Plays Maine the Next Night
Boston College (11-6-2, 5-4-1 HEA)
Eagles Drop From Rankings... For the first time since November 3, Boston College (11-6-2) was not ranked in the top ten in either weekly national poll. Still off to their best start since the 1990-91 season, the Eagles are ranked 12th (four points) in the latest USA Today/American Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll (Jan. 5). In the latest U.S. College Hockey Online Poll (Jan. 5), the Eagles are 13th (seven points).
BC #12 in RPI... Boston College is ranked 12th in the latest Ratings Percentage Index. The RPI is one tool used to select the 12 teams for the 1998 NCAA Tournament. Factors involved are the team's winning percentage, the average winning percentage of the team's opponents, and the average winning percentage of the team's opponents' opponents. Other HOCKEY EAST schools ranked in the top 12 are New Hampshire (first), Boston University (second), Providence (11th).
BC/Boston University Series Notes... Boston University leads the all-time series, 100-81-14... This season, the Eagles are 0-1-1 versus the Terriers, including a 3-3 tie at Walter Brown Arena on December 9... BC's last victory over BU came on March 2, 1996, a 3-1 decision in Kelley Rink... The Eagles are 4-5-2 against the Terriers in Kelley Rink since 1988... BC head coach Jerry York is 1-9-4 against BU in his four seasons, but is 1-2-2 at Kelley Rink... Sophomore Jeff Farkas, who had two assists in the 3-3 tie on December 9, has scored six points (3g, 3a) in six games against BU, while junior Marty Reasoner has tallied eight points (4g, 4a) in nine games.
BC/Maine Series Notes... Boston College leads the all-time series, 30-24-2... The two teams have split the last six games, including a two-game series on November 21-22 in Orono. BC won the opener, 6-1, while Maine took the second, 12-5... The 6-1 victory was the first BC win at Alfond Arena since January 22, 1994... The 12 goals were the most scored on a Jerry York-coached BC team... BC is 8-7-1 against the Black Bears in Kelley Rink... York is 3-7-1 against Maine, including a 2-2-1 mark at Kelley Rink.... Sophomore Blake Bellefeuille's brother, Brian, played for the Black Bears from 1987-90... Bellefeuille has notched eight points (3g, 5a) in five games against Maine... Reasoner, last season's recipient of the Len Ceglarski Award (top player in BC/Maine series), has totalled eight goals and four assists in eight games against the Black Bears.
Return of the Men... Sophomore defenseman Mike Mottau, sophomore forward Jeff Farkas and freshman forward Brian Gionta return to action after participating in the IIHF World Junior Championships in Finland from December 25 to January 3. The three players missed the Bank One Badger Showdown.
Mottau leads all Eagle defensemen 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... The BC trio combined for 22 points (13 goals, 9 assists) in seven games (4-3)... Farkas (6 goals, 4 assists) led Team USA and tied for the tournament lead in scoring... Gionta (8 points) was second, while Mottau was fourth (4 points)... In an 8-2 U.S. victory over Kazakhstan on December 26, the BC trio combined for five goals, including two each by Farkas and Gionta... 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).
Injury Report... Freshman defenseman Bobby Allen (dislocated right shoulder) is back in the Eagle lineup after missing both games of the Bank One Badger Showdown. Allen (11 points) is one of five BC freshmen with double-figure scoring totals.
Lephart Lights Lamp... Freshman forward Mike Lephart has scored at least one point in six of the last seven games. At the Bank One Badger Showdown, Lephart recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist), including a hat trick against Harvard in the consolation game on December 28... It was the second hat trick recorded by an Eagle in 1997-98... For the season, Lephart is eighth on the team with 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists).
Youthful Defenders...Three BC freshman defensemen -- Marty Hughes, Rob Scuderi, and Bobby Allen -- have performed well in their first collegiate seasons... Hughes recorded back-to-back two-assist games in the Bank One Badger Showdown and is tied for sixth on the squad with 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists)... Scuderi (10 assists) has the second-highest assist total among BC freshman... Allen is ninth on the team with 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists).
Good Reasons to Like Marty... Junior center and 1998 Hobey Baker candidate Marty Reasoner (119 points) is 38th on the BC career 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.
33. Ray Chaisson (1939-41) 32gm 62g, 63a - 125 Kevin Ahern (1967-70) 82gm 45g, 80a - 125 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. Marty Reasoner (1995-act) 88gm 53g, 66a - 119
More Good Reasons to like Reasoner...
Hemenway Continues Streak... Dating back to his freshman season (1994-95), senior defenseman Ken Hemenway has played in 96 consecutive games, the longest streak of any current Eagle... Hemenway is tied for ninth on the team with 11 points... Both of his goals were power-play tallies; 16 of Hemenway's 21 career goals have been on the power play.
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 7-6-1 with a 3.26 goals against average and .867 save percentage. Clemmensen had a season-high 30 saves on November 7 in a 4-1 win at New Hampshire. In the Bank One Badger Showdown, Clemmensen stopped 36 of the 39 shots he faced in 94 minutes of action.
Junior Andy McLaughlin's best performance of the season, a career-high 36-save effort, came on December 9 versus Boston University. McLaughlin, who was named to the HOCKEY EAST Honor Roll on December 14, sports an impressive 4-0-1 record with a 3.16 goals against average and .877 save percentage.
Head Coach Jerry York... In his 26th year as a head coach, BC mentor Jerry York sports an impressive 520-408-45 career mark. York is in his fourth season at BC (52-65-5). 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).
Badger Showdown Recap... Marty Reasoner earned Bank One Badger Showdown All-Tournament honors... After going scoreless against Northern Michigan, Reasoner tallied two goals (his 14th career multiple-goal effort) and one assist in the consolation tie against Harvard... The Eagles had their second overtime game with Harvard this season... It was the first tie in the nine-year history of the Bank One Badger Showdown... BC and Harvard combined for eight goals in the second period... The Eagles (4-0-1 in their last five versus Harvard) will face the Crimson on February 2 at 9 p.m. in the first round of the Beanpot Tournament... Sophomore forward Blake Bellefeuille recorded four points ... Bellefeuille tallied two goals in the loss to Northern Michigan... Freshman defenseman Marty Hughes recorded two multiple-point games in the Badger Showdown... Two of Mike Lephart's three goals against Harvard came on BC power-plays.
Special Teams Update... Despite being 0-3-2 in its last five games, BC has killed 23 of its last 27 man-down situations (85.2 %). Overall, the Eagles are 91 of 110 (82.7%) in penalty-killing situations.
On the power play, the Eagles are 26 of 111 (23.4%). BC has scored at least one power-play goal in 15 of its 19 games... The Eagles are 10-4-1 in games in which they score 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 share the team lead with five power-play goals each.
Two Goals Equal Good Things... BC is 8-2-2 this season when an Eagle scores two or more goals in a game. There have been 13 multiple-goal games by seven different Eagles so far this season... Marty Reasoner has the team lead with six.
One-Goal Games... The Eagles are 3-3 in one-goal games this season. In fact, BC is 7-3 in its last 10 one-goal affairs. In Jerry York's three-plus seasons, the Eagles are 17-13 in one-goal contests.
Third-Period Success... Boston College has scored 36 of its 84 goals (42.8%) 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 36-24 scoring advantage in the final period.
Versus Ranked Teams... The Eagles are 3-2-1 against ranked opponents in 1997-98... The Eagles have defeated #5 New Hampshire twice (6-4, on November 4 and 4-1, November 7) and then #9 Maine (6-1, November 21). On December 9, the Eagles tied top-ranked Boston University, 3-3.
Extra Sessions... Boston College is 1-1-2 in overtime games this season. The Eagles had back-to-back home overtime games in November, losing to Northeastern, 5-4, on November 15, and defeating Harvard, 4-3, three days later... The Eagles are 3-1-8 in their last 12 overtime games.
Eagles Sign Three Recruits... Head coach Jerry York announced the signing of three recruits for the 1998-99 season. Forwards Jeff Giuliano (St. Paul's 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 HOCKEY EAST 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.) matchup will be televised on FoxSports New England (formerly SportsChannel).
The Eagles' January 27 tilt with New Hampshire (7 p.m.) and their February 6 battle versus Providence (7 p.m.) will also be televised on FoxSports New England.
Eagle Hockey on the Radio... All season long, Boston College hockey can be heard live on WNFT-1150 AM with Sean Grande (play-by-play) and John Rish (analysis) calling the action.