Jan. 14, 1998
Eagles Return to Rankings, Host Providence
Eagles Back In Rankings... Boston College (12-6-3) returned to the top 10 in both weekly national polls after a 1-0-1 weekend that included a 4-2 victory over then top-ranked Boston University.
Still off to their best start since the 1990-91 season, the Eagles are ranked ninth (25 points) in the latest USA Today/American Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll (Jan. 12). In the latest U.S. College Hockey Online Poll (Jan. 12), the Eagles are 10th (37 points).
BC #9 in RPI... Boston College is ranked ninth 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 (third), Providence (11th).
Eagles In Four-Way First Place Tie... Boston College (6-4-2, 14 pts.) is currently in a four-way tie for first place in the latest HOCKEY EAST standings. Boston University (6-2-2), Northeastern (6-4-2) and Maine (6-5-2) also have 14 points.
#9/#10 Boston College (12-6-3, 6-4-2 HEA) vs. Providence (12-6-1, 6-4-0 HEA) January 16, 1998 - Kelley Rink, 7 p.m., Chestnut Hill, Mass.
BC/Providence Series Notes... Boston College leads the all-time series, 71-36-5... The series started in 1953... BC was 1-1-1 against Providence in 1996-97... There have been six shutouts in the 102 meetings, five by the Eagles.... There have been 12 overtime games between the two teams... BC is 4-3-5 in overtime games against the Friars... BC head coach Jerry York is 3-6-2 against the Friars... At Kelley Rink, the Eagles are 10-4-1 against the Friars... Senior center Jamie O'Leary has scored six points (3g, 3a) in his last three games against Providence.
Mottau Top Scoring Defenseman... After 21 games, sophomore Mike Mottau leads all Eagle defensemen with 20 points (7g, 13a). In the Eagles' 4-2 victory over Boston University, Mottau tallied three points (1g, 2a), his sixth multiple-point outing of the season... Mottau was named to the HOCKEY EAST Honor Roll for the week ending January 11... It was the second time this season that Mottau has been honored (Nov. 17).
Good Reasons to Like Marty...
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 Marty Reasoner (1995-act) 90gm 53g, 67a - 120More Good Reasons to like Reasoner...
* Reasoner leads the Eagles and ranks sixth (tied) in HOCKEY EAST with 31 points (17g, 13a).
* Has scored 16 points (9g, 7a) in his last 12 games.
* Has a team-high six multiple-goal games this season (14 in career).
* Has eight multiple-point games this season (37 in career).
* The Eagles are 8-2-1 when Reasoner scores a goal.
Clemmensen Earns Rookie Honors... Freshman Scott Clemmensen earned HOCKEY EAST Rookie of the Week honors for the week ending January 11. It was the second time this season that Clemmensen earned the accolade (Nov. 10).
Clemmensen stopped 36 shots last weekend as the Eagles defeated Boston University, 4-2, and had a scoreless tie with Maine. The shutout was Clemmensen's second of the season, and it was the first HOCKEY EAST shutout for a BC goaltender since Scott LaGrand blanked UMass-Lowell, 4-0, on January 26, 1991.
After 21 games, Clemmensen is 8-6-2 with a 2.94 goals against average (sixth in HEA) and .875 save percentage. In his last 219 minutes of action, Clemmensen has allowed just five goals on 77 shots, a 1.36 goals against average and a .955 save percentage.
Bellefeuille Tallies Game Winner... Sophomore forward Blake Bellefeuille tallied the game-winning power-play goal with 2:14 left to lead Boston College to a 4-2 victory over Boston University on January 9... Bellefeuille's four power-play goals rank third on the team... Bellefeuille is fourth on the team in scoring with 19 points (9g, 10a)... In his last four games, Bellefeuille has recorded five points (3g, 2a).Gionta Has Been Solid... Freshman forward Brian Gionta has been solid in his rookie season at the Heights. The leading freshman scorer in HOCKEY EAST, Gionta is second on the Eagles in scoring with 24 points (11g, 13a). Gionta, who is tied for the team-lead with five power-play goals, has scored at least one point in 13 of his last 15 games.
Head Coach Jerry York...
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 seven games, BC has killed 30 of 34 man-down situations (88.2 %). Last weekend, the Eagles killed all seven of their opponents' power-play opportunities. Overall, the Eagles are 98 of 117 (83.7%) in penalty-killing situations, third in HOCKEY EAST.
On the power play, the Eagles are 27 of 119 (22.7%). BC has scored at least one power-play goal in 16 of its 21 games... The Eagles are 11-4-1 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 38 of its 88 goals (43.2%) in the third period this season. In its 12 victories this season, Boston College has outscored its opponents 33-7 in the third period. Overall, the Eagles have a 38-24 scoring advantage in the final period.
Versus Ranked Teams... The Eagles are 4-2-1 against ranked opponents in 1997-98... The Eagles have defeated #1 Boston University (4-2 on January 9), #5 New Hampshire twice (6-4, on November 4 and 4-1, November 7) and then #9 Maine (6-1, November 21). BC has also tied Boston University (3-3 on December 9).
Extra Sessions... Boston College is 1-1-3 in overtime games this season. The scoreless tie against Maine on January 10 was the first for the Eagles since a deadlock with Fordham in the 1919-20 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 3-1-9 in their last 13 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 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.
Eagle Hockey on the Internet... Visit BC's official athletic website for the latest news, notes, schedules and team information. The address is http://www.bceagles.com.1997-98 Eagle Single-Game
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/LowsLOWS
Goals: 0, vs. Maine (1/10) Assists: 1, vs. Maine (1/10) Shot Attempts: 34, at UMass-Amherst (11/2), at UNH (11/7) Shots on Goal: 18, at UNH (11/7) Penalties: 2, vs. Harvard (12/28) Penalty Minutes: 4, vs. Harvard (12/28) Power Play: 0-5 (0%), at Maine (11/22) Power-Play Goals: 0, five times Shorthanded Goals: 0, many times Penalty Killing: 44% (4-9), at Maine (11/22) Saves: 9, vs. Northeastern (11/15) Goals Allowed: 0, three times Shots on Goal Allowed: 14, vs. Northeastern (11/15) PPGs Allowed: 0, eight times SHGs Allowed: 0, many times'97-98 Eagle Record When...
Overall Record: 12-6-3 HOCKEY EAST: 6-4-2 At Home: 5-4-1 On the Road: 6-1-1 Neutral Site: 0-1-1 Overtime games: 1-1-3 Scoring first: 5-2-1 Opponents score first: 7-4-1 One-goal games: 3-3 Two-goal games: 3-1 Scoring 4+ goals: 9-3-1 Allowing 4+ goals: 1-5-1 Outshooting opponent: 11-4-2 Outshot by opponent: 1-2-1 Leading after one period: 5-0-1 Trailing after one period: 4-4 Tied after one period: 3-2-2 Leading after two periods: 5-1-1 Trailing after two periods: 3-2 Tied after two periods: 4-3-2 After a win: 7-4-1 After a loss: 3-1-2 After a tie: 1-1 Against the CCHA: 2-1 Against the ECAC: 3-1-1 Against the WCHA: 0-0 Boston College in the HOCKEY EASTMultiple-Point Games...Statistical Rankings (Jan. 12) Power Play HEA 11-67, 16% 6th Overall 27-119, 23% 3rd Penalty Killing HEA 54-68, 79% 6th Overall 98-117, 82% 3rd Team Offense HEA 3.75 6th Overall 4.19 3rd Team Defense HEA 3.50 5th Overall 3.10 4th Team Penalties HEA 22:55 avg. 2nd Overall 20:51 avg. 2nd
Marty Reasoner *37 (8) Dec. 28, 1997 vs. Harvard (2g,1a) Jamie O'Leary 17 (4) Nov. 28, 1997 vs. St. Lawrence (1g, 1a) Jeff Farkas 16 (6) Dec. 9, 1997 at BU (0g, 2a) Blake Bellefeuille 16 (5) Dec. 28, 1997 vs. Harvard (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 8 (6) Jan. 9, 1998 vs. BU (1g, 2a) Brian Gionta 5 (5) Nov. 28, 1997 vs. St. Lawrence (1g, 2a) Matt Mulhern 5 Mar. 7, 1997 at Merrimack (1g,1a) Andy Powers 4 (1) Nov. 21, 1997 at Maine (2g, 0a) Marty Hughes 3 (3) Dec. 28, 1997 vs. Harvard (0g, 2a) 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) Rob Scuderi 1 (1) Nov. 4, 1997 vs. UNH (0g, 2a) Nick Pierandri 1 (1) Nov. 14, 1997 at Northeastern (0g, 2a) Mike Lephart 1 (1) Dec. 28, 1997 vs. Harvard (3g, 0a) Kevin Caulfield 1 Feb. 15, 1997 at Merrimack (1g, 1a) *Career Multiple-Point Outings (1997-98 )The Last Time It Happened....
Overtime Game... 1/9/98 vs. Maine, 0-0 Overtime Win... 11/18/97 at Harvard, 4-3 Overtime Loss... 11/15/97 vs. Northeastern, 5-4 *Fact: BC is 3-1-9 in its last 13 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... 1/10/98, 0-0 vs. Maine BC "road" shutout... 11/8/88, 6-0 at UMass-Lowell HOCKEY EAST shutout... 1/10/98, 0-0 vs. Maine BC was shutout... 1/10/98, 0-0 vs. Maine BC was shutout at home... 1/10/98, 0-0 vs. Maine 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 ARV Oct. 20 ARV ARV Oct. 27 9th ARV Nov. 3 Not ranked ARV Nov. 10 6th 9th Nov. 17 6th 8th Nov. 24 8th 8th Dec. 1 9th 8th Dec. 8 9th ARV Dec. 15 9th 10th Dec. 29 10th ARV Jan. 5 ARV ARV Jan. 13 9th 10th POLLS: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine and U.S. College Hockey OnlineWeekly Honors...
Date Player HOCKEY EAST 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 O'Leary 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 Dec. 28 Mike Lephart Rookie of the Week Dec. 28 Marty Reasoner Honor Roll Dec. 28 Blake Bellefeuille Honor Roll Jan. 12 Scott Clemmensen Rookie of the Week Jan. 12 Blake Bellefeuille Honor Roll Jan. 12 Mike Mottau Honor Roll