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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) 
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...

Marty Reasoner.
Junior center and 1998 Hobey Baker candidate Marty Reasoner (120 points) is tied for 37th on the BC career scoring list. The team's leading scorer for the past two seasons, Reasoner is 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
    Marty Reasoner (1995-act)   90gm    53g, 67a - 120
More 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...

Jerry York.
In his 26th year as a head coach, BC mentor Jerry York sports an impressive 521-408-46 career mark. York is in his fourth season at BC (53-65-6). 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 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

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 Killing: 100%, six 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: 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 EAST
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
Multiple-Point Games...
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 Online
Weekly 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

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