STEPHEN MICHAEL GIONTA; born October 9, 1983 ... shoots right ... graduated from Pioneer (Mich.) High School ... played the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons with the U.S. National Under-18 Team in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
AS A JUNIOR (2004-05): Played in 38 games, including 23 Hockey East contests; missed two games because of injury ... registered 19 points - eight goals and 11 assists; recorded 10 points - four goals and six assists - in league action ... finished the season with a plus-nine rating ... enjoyed three multiple-point games ... scored one game-winning goal, one power-play goal and one shorthanded goal ... ranked fifth on the team with 106 shots ... registered two assists in a 3-3 home tie against Massachusetts (11/12) ... tallied one goal and one assist in a win at Northeastern (11/27) ... scored a shorthanded, empty-net goal against Cornell in the first round of the Florida College Classic (12/28) ... netted a power-play goal and added one assist in a 4-1 Beanpot victory over Harvard at the FleetCenter (2/14) ... recorded the overtime goal in a 3-2 win over Massachusetts in the first game of the teams' Hockey East Tournament quarterfinal-round series (3/11); recorded one assist against the Minutemen the next night ... scored a first-period goal in a 5-3 home win over North Dakota (10/29).
AS A SOPHOMORE (2003-04): Played in 41 games, including 23 Hockey East contests; missed the final game of the regular season - at Maine - because of illness ... earned the James E. Tiernan Memorial Award as the program's Most Improved Player ... registered 24 points - nine goals and 15 assists; recorded 16 points - six goals and 10 assists - in league action ... finished the season with a plus-19 rating ... was tied for fourth among league players with a plus-17 rating in conference games ... earned Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors on Dec. 1 ... enjoyed three multiple-point games ... scored two power-play goals, three game-winning goals and three shorthanded goals; was tied for seventh in the nation in shorthanded tallies ... ranked fifth on the team with 100 shots ... netted the game-winning goal in a shorthanded situation at North Dakota (10/18) ... scored the decisive goal in a home win over UMass-Lowell (2/20); tallied two assists in a road win over the River Hawks the following night ... scored the game-winning goal and added one assist in the Eagles' home win over New Hampshire that clinched the league regular-season title (2/27) ... tallied two assists, including one on Patrick Eaves' gamewinner, against Providence (1/30) ... registered power-play goals against Minnesota-Duluth (10/10) and Boston University (1/16) ... netted a four-on-six goal in a 4-1 win at Massachusetts (11/14) ... scored a three-on-five goal in a 4-2 come-from-behind win over Northeastern (11/29).
AS A FRESHMAN (2002-03): Played in 33 games; missed five games because of injuries ... registered 15 points - five goals and 10 assists; recorded 11 points - four goals and seven assists - in 20 Hockey East contests ... finished the season with a plus-nine rating ... enjoyed three multiple-point games ... scored one power-play goal - in a 6-3 win at Northeastern (2/22) ... registered his first collegiate point on an assist at Merrimack (11/7) ... scored his first two collegiate goals in a home win over Massachusetts (1/31) ... collected two assists in a 2-2 home tie against New Hampshire (2/28) ... tallied two assists against Boston University in the HOCKEY EAST Tournament's semifinal round ... scored one goal against Northeastern in the first round of the Beanpot (2/3) ... assisted on Ryan Murphy's game-winning goal against Bowling Green in the Dodge Holiday Classic (12/27).
BEFORE BC: Registered four points -- three goals and one assist -- in 11 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team ... scored one game-winning goal ... tallied 17 points -- 10 goals and seven assists -- in 54 games with the Under-18 Team in 2000-01 ... played for head coach Mike Eaves ... played the 1999-2000 season with the Rochester Jr. A Americans; recorded 26 points -- 11 goals and 15 assists -- in 39 games ... spent the 1998-99 season with two teams -- Aquinas Institute and the Rochester Midgets; earned Aquinas Rookie of the Year accolades, leading the team to the 1999 NYSHS title ... played for Team USA in the (April) 2001 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Lahti and Heinola, Finland; tallied two goals in six games, while leading the tournament with a 67 percent face-off percentage ... played for Team USA in the 2000 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament in Kezmarok, Slovakia ... played for Team New York in USA Hockey's Select 17 Festival (July 2000 in St. Cloud, Minn.); led New York to a third-place finish.
PERSONAL: Enrolled as a communication major in the College of Arts & Sciences ... is the 2005-06 recipient of the Driscoll Family Hockey Scholarship ... earned 2002-03 HOCKEY EAST All-Academic Team recognition ... Stephen is the youngest of Penny and Sam Gionta's three sons; his older brother, Brian, who earned All-America honors at BC, now plays for the New Jersey Devils ... his oldest brother, Joe, coaches a Peewee AAA team in the Rochester Youth Hockey program.
GIONTA'S CAREER STATISTICS
YEAR CL GP G A PTS PEN PPG SHG HT GW 2002-03 Fr. 33 5 10 15 18/36 1 0 0 0 2003-04 So. 41 9 15 24 14/36 2 3 0 3 2004-05 Jr. 38 8 11 19 22/44 1 1 0 1 CAREER 112 22 36 58 54/116 4 4 0 4