Jan. 27, 1998
Nationally Ranked... Boston College (15-6-3) is ranked sixth in the latest USA Today/American Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll (Jan. 26), the same spot as the previous week. In the latest U.S. College Hockey Online Poll (Jan. 26), the Eagles are ranked eighth, down two spots from the previous week.
First Place in HOCKEY EAST... Boston College (9-4-2, 20 pts.) is currently tied for first place in the HOCKEY EAST standings with Boston University (9-3-2) and Northeastern (9-5-2).
BC/UNH Series Notes... Boston College and New Hampshire have evenly split their 88 previous meetings. Each team sports a 42-42-4 mark ... BC won the first two meetings of the 1997-98 season -- 6-4 at Kelley Rink on November 4, and 4-1 at Towse Rink on November 7 ... BC has a 1-3 all-time mark in Towse Rink.
1997-98 Against the Wildcats... In the two wins over UNH earlier this season, seven Eagles registered two or more points. Reasoner led the way with six points on four goals and two assists. The junior enjoyed a four-point night at Kelley Rink -- two goals and two assists -- and a two-goal night at Towse Rink ... Freshmen Brian Gionta (two goals, one assist) and Rob Scuderi (three assists) each recorded three points in the two meetings.
Injury Report... Freshman defenseman Marty Hughes will be out of action for approximately two weeks because of a broken right ankle. Hughes is currently tied for second among BC freshmen with 16 points (4g, 12a). He missed his first collegiate game on Saturday, January 24 against UMass-Amherst.
Record Setter... Freshman Scott Clemmensen earned a spot in the NCAA hockey record book on Saturday, January 24. The Urbandale, Iowa resident held UMass-Amherst scoreless until the 12:29 mark of the first period to extend his streak of consecutive minutes without a goal to a NCAA record 254:23. The freshman had not allowed a goal in more than 11 periods (and one overtime session). He entered the game needing 8:57 of scoreless hockey to establish the record ... The ěold recordî was held by Gerry Schultz (North Dakota), who recorded four consecutive shutouts (all against Michigan Tech) from January 14-29, 1954. Blaine Lacher (Lake Superior State) has the longest overall streak (including playoffs). Lacher had a scoreless string of 375:01 spanning seven games (four in the CCHA playoffs) from February 26-March 4, 1994.
More on Clemmensen... Clemmensen earned HOCKEY EAST Rookie of the Week honors for the week ending January 26, marking the third consecutive week he has been so honored. He has earned the award four times this season. He first won the award for the week ending November 10, after making 36 saves in two wins over New Hampshire ... He has a 4-0-1 record in his last five starts with a 0.98 goals against average and a .984 save percentage ... For the season, the freshman has an 11-6-2 mark, a 2.62 goals against average and a .891 save percentage. He has recorded four shutouts, a BC single-season record.
Good Reasons to Like Marty... Junior center and 1998 Hobey Baker candidate Marty Reasoner ranks 34th on the BC career scoring list with 124 points. The teamís leading scorer for the past two seasons, Reasoner tallied one goal in the Eaglesí 6-3 win over UMass-Amherst on January 24. The goal was his 20th of the season, equaling his single-season high set in 35 games last season.
More Good Reasons to like Reasoner... ď Reasoner leads the Eagles and ranks sixth (tied) in HOCKEY EAST with 35 points (20g, 15a). ď Has a team-high six multiple-goal games this season (14 in career). ď Has nine multiple-point games this season (38 in career). ď The Eagles are 11-2-1 when Reasoner scores a goal. ď Needs two assists to tie Jerry York ë67 in 34th place on the BC career assist list (70).
Live Free or Die...Two Eagles have connections to the Granite State. Sophomore forward Tony Hutchins is a Wolfeboro, N.H. resident, while freshman forward Mark McLennan played the 1996-97 season at Phillips Exeter Academy.
Special Special Teams...Boston College has successfully killed 20 of its last 21 man-down situations ... BC ranks third among the nine HOCKEY EAST teams in penalty-killing percentage (110-of-130, 84.6 percent).
Powerful Power Play... BC has scored on 9 of its last 18 (50.0 percent) power-play opportunities. The Eagles were 7 for 13 on the power play in a two-game sweep of Providence (Jan. 16-17), and 2 for 5 against UMass-Amherst (Jan. 24) ... On the season, BC has a 26.7 percent success rate (36 of 135) ... BC has scored at least one power-play goal in 19 of its 24 games... The Eagles are 14-4-1 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. The game marked the most power-play goals by a Boston College team in one game since November 27, 1992 when the Eagles tallied four in a 6-6 tie with St. Lawrence... Marty Reasoner leads the team with seven power-play goals.
Gionta Getting It Done... Freshman right wing Brian Gionta has scored at least one point in 16 of his last 18 games ... He has scored eight points (4g, 4a) in five 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 31 points (14g, 17a). Gionta ranks second on the team with six power-play goals ... Gionta has seven multiple-point outings, tied for second on the team.
Scuderi Has Been Solid...Freshman defenseman Rob Scuderi ranks third on the team with 16 assists... In the last six games, Scuderi has assisted on seven goals, including five in the weekend sweep over Providence on January 16-17.
Mottau Top Scoring Defenseman... In the five 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 ranks third on the team and first among the teamís defensemen with 23 points (8g, 15a). He scored 23 points in 38 games last winter... Mottau has seven multiple-point games to his credit this season.
Third-Period Success... Boston College has scored 45 of its 108 goals (41.7%) in the third period this season. In its 15 victories this season, Boston College has enjoyed a 40-8 third-period advantage. Overall, the Eagles have a 45-25 scoring advantage in the final period ... Against the Wildcats: Boston College enjoyed a 6-1 third-period advantage over UNH in the first two meetings this season. BC outscored the Wildcats, 3-1, in the final 20 minutes of the game at Kelley Rink, and 3-0 (including an empty-net goal) in the last period of the game at Towse Rink.
Head Coach Jerry York... In his 26th year as a head coach, BC mentor Jerry York sports an impressive 524-408-46 career mark. York is in his fourth season at BC (56-65-6). 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 ěSnooksî 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).
Two Goals Equal Good Things... BC is 11-2-2 this season when an Eagle scores two or more goals in a game. There have been 18 multiple-goal games by nine different Eagles so far this season (including three games with two multiple-goal scorers)... Marty Reasoner has the team lead with six multiple-goal games.
Extra Session... Boston College is 1-1-3 in overtime games this season. The scoreless tie against Maine on January 10 was the first ever for the Eagles ... 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. Paulís 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).
1997-98 Boston College Hockey Game Notes