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Jan. 21, 1998

No. 6 Eagles Play UMass-Aherst

Minutemen Boast a 3-15-3 Record

#6 Boston College (14-6-3, 8-4-2 HEA)
vs.
UMass-Amherst (3-15-2, 0-10-1 HEA)

Coach York photo
Coach York

January 23, 1998 - Mullins Center, 7 p.m., Amherst, Mass.

Eagles #6 In Nation... Boston College (14-6-3) moved up in both weekly national polls after a record-setting weekend sweep over Providence. The Eagles (3-0-2 in their last five games) are ranked sixth (up three spots from last week) with 44 points in the latest USA Today/American Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll (Jan. 19). In the latest U.S. College Hockey Online Poll (Jan. 19), the Eagles moved up four spots to sixth (99 points).

BC #7 in RPI... Boston College is seventh in the latest Ratings Percentage Index. The RPI is one tool used to select the 12 teams for the 1998 NCAA Tournament.

Other HOCKEY EAST schools ranked in the top 10 are New Hampshire (second), Boston University (third). The Eagles are 3-1-1 against those two teams in 1997-98. BC travels to New Hampshire on Tuesday, January 27th.

First Place in HOCKEY EAST... Boston College (8-4-2, 18 pts.) is currently in sole possession of first place in the HOCKEY EAST standings. New Hampshire (8-3-1) is second with 17 points, while Boston University (7-3-2) and Northeastern (7-5-2) are tied for third with 16.

Three Consecutive Shutouts... The Eagles have shut out their last three opponents (Maine, Jan. 10 and Providence, Jan.16-17), equalling a streak set in 1919-20. For the season, the Eagles have a school-record five.

The previous season shutout record was three, set by eight different Eagle teams, most recently by the Brian Leetch-led 1986-87 team... BC's 8-0 victory on January 17 at Providence was the first road shutout since November 8, 1988, 6-0 at UMass-Lowell.

BC/UMass-Amherst Series Notes... Boston College leads the all-time series, 12-3... The Eagles have won the last seven meetings... There has never been a shutout nor an overtime game in the 15 meetings between BC and UMass-Amherst.... BC head coach Jerry York is 9-2 against the Minutemen... At the Mullins Center, the Eagles are 4-1.

Last Meeting... On November 2 in Amherst, Mass., senior forward Jamie O'Leary scored a season-high two goals and junior center Marty Reasoner assisted on all three Eagle goals (tying a career-high) in a 3-1 victory over the Minutemen at the Mullins Center. Junior Andy McLaughlin stopped 24 shots in net for the Eagles... O'Leary has scored 14 points (8g, 6a) in 11 games and Reasoner 14 (5g, 9a) in seven games against UMass-Amherst.

Road Warriors... The Eagles are 7-1-1 on the road this season, the best road record since 1979-80. That season, Len Ceglarski's squad won its first five road games on its way to a 13-3 record away from home... Dating back to last season, the Eagles are 9-1-1 in their last 11 road games.

Clemmensen Files... Freshman Scott Clemmensen earned HOCKEY EAST Rookie of the Week (Jan. 18) honors for the second straight week (third time this season).

Clemmensen stopped 47 shots last weekend as the Eagles swept Providence, 6-0 and 8-0. The two shutouts increased Clemmensen's season total to four, a BC record.

Clemmensen has not allowed a goal in his last 241:34 (a BC and HOCKEY EAST record). The NCAA record is 250:30, held by Gerry Schultz (North Dakota). Schultz recorded four consecutive shutouts (all against Michigan Tech) from January 14-29, 1954.

Clemmensen is 3-0-1 in his last four starts with a 0.45 goals against average and .977 save percentage. For the season, the Urbandale, Iowa is 10-6-2 with a 2.60 goals against average (third in HEA) and an .889 save pct.

Good Reasons to Like Marty... Junior center and 1998 Hobey Baker candidate Marty Reasoner (123 points) is 34th 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.

30. Phil Dyer (1963-66)         81gm    42g, 86a - 128
31. Ed Rauseo (1980-84)         126gm   48g, 78a - 126  
32. Ray Chaisson (1939-41)      32gm    62g, 63a - 125
    Kevin Ahern (1967-70)       82gm    45g, 80a - 125
34. Marty Reasoner (1995-act)   92gm    55g, 68a - 123
Reasoner photo
Stais Boseman scored a team-high 23 points in the win over Stanford.

More Good Reasons to like Reasoner...

* Reasoner leads the Eagles and ranks sixth (tied) in HOCKEY EAST with 34 points (19g, 15a).

* 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 nine multiple-point games this season (38 in career).

* The Eagles are 10-2-1 when Reasoner scores a goal.

* Needs two assists to tie Jerry York '67 in 34th place on the BC career assist list (70).

Scuderi Has Been Solid...Freshman defenseman Rob Scuderi is tied for second on the team with 16 assists... In his last five games, Scuderi has assisted on seven goals, including five in the weekend sweep over Providence.

Gionta Getting It Done... Freshman right wing Brian Gionta has scored seven points (4g, 3a) in four games since his stint with the U.S. Junior National Team.

The leading freshman scorer in HOCKEY EAST, Gionta is second on the Eagles in scoring with 30 points (14g, 16a). Gionta, who is tied for the team-lead with six power-play goals, has scored at least one point in 15 of his last 17 games...Gionta has seven multiple-point outings, tied for second on the team.

Mottau Top Scoring Defenseman... In the four games since his return from playing with the U.S. Junior National team, sophomore defenseman Mike Mottau has tallied six points (2g, 4a)... For the season, Mottau leads all Eagle defensemen with 23 points (8g, 15a), tying his entire 1996-97 season scoring total... Mottau has seven multiple-point games this season.

A Few Good Men... Ten different Eagles scored at least one point in both games against Providence last weekend... Three players -- freshman Brian Gionta (3g, 3a), junior Andy Powers (2g, 3a), and freshman Rob Scuderi (0g, 5a) -- had back-to-back multiple-point games.

Head Coach Jerry York... In his 26th year as a head coach, BC mentor Jerry York sports an impressive 523-408-46 career mark. York is in his fourth season at BC (55-65-6). 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).

Killing Time... BC has killed its last 17 man-down situations. Last weekend, the Eagles killed all nine of Providence's power-play opportunities... Overall, the Eagles are 107 of 126 (84.9%) in penalty-killing situations, third in HOCKEY EAST.... In league play, the Eagles are 63 of 77 (81.8%) in penalty-killing situations.

Powerful Power Play... BC was 7 for 13 on the power play in the two-game sweep of Providence, increasing its season success rate to 25.7 percent (34 of 132)... BC has scored at least one power-play goal in 18 of its 23 games... The Eagles are 13-4-1 in games in which they score at least one man-up goal... The Eagles scored a season-high four power-play goals in the 8-0 victory over Providence on January 17. It was the most man-up goals in a game since November 27, 1992 when the Eagles tallied four in a 6-6 tie with St. Lawrence... Marty Reasoner and Brian Gionta share the team lead with six power-play goals each.

Two Goals Equal Good Things... BC is 10-2-2 this season when an Eagle scores two or more goals in a game. There have been 15 multiple-goal games by eight different Eagles so far this season... Marty Reasoner has the team lead with six.

Third-Period Success... Boston College has scored 43 of its 102 goals (42.2%) in the third period this season. In its 14 victories this season, Boston College has outscored its opponents 38-7 in the third period. Overall, the Eagles have a 43-24 scoring advantage in the final period.

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 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.

    
    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
    Jan. 20     6th         6th     

POLLS: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine and U.S. College Hockey Online

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