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Eagles Hockey Collects Two Wins on Weekend




March 1, 1998

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College freshman forward Brian Gionta (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) and sophomore forward/captain Marty Reasoner (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Deerfield Academy) combined for 15 points -- seven goals and eight assists -- in Boston Colleges back-to-back wins over UMass-Lowell on February 27 and 28.

Gionta recorded five goals and two assists in the two victories, earning him his third HOCKEY EAST Rookie of the Week award. The freshman exploded for four goals, and added one assist, in the Eagles 7-3 home win on Feb. 28. Gionta was the first BC player to score four goals in one game since Bill Guerin accomplished the feat on February 17, 1991. Guerin is now playing with the NHLs Edmonton Oilers.

Gionta scored one goal in each of the first two periods, and two goals in the final stanza. Among his tallies were two power-play goals and the game-winning goal.

In the Eagles 5-4 road win over UMass-Lowell on Feb. 27, Gionta scored one power-play goal and picked up one assist.

The right wing has 24 goals and 23 assists in 31 games this season. He leads the team in goals and ranks second behind Reasoner in points (47). He already ranks among the schools leaders in the freshman scoring categories. Gionta is currently tied with Brian Leetch for fourth on the freshman point list, while he ranks third in goals scored by a freshman (27 is the record).

Reasoner registered two goals and six assists in the teams two wins. He tallied one goal and two assists in the Feb. 27 win, and recorded a career-best five points (one goal, four assist) in the Feb. 28 triumph. Four of Reasoners six assists in the two games came on Gionta goals, while another came on the sophomore Blake Bellefeuilles game-winning goal on Feb. 27.

The All-America and Hobey Baker candidate has 23 goals and a team-high 31 assists in 33 games this season. For his career, Reasoner has 143 points -- 59 goals and 84 assists -- in 102 games. He currently ranks among BCs career leaders in points (20th), goals (tied-27th) and assists (tied-19th).

With its two wins, Boston College, ranked seventh in the two major hockey polls that were released on Monday, February 23, is expected to move up in this weeks polls. The Eagles have a 21-8-4 record, including a 14-5-3 HOCKEY EAST mark. BC, which has already secured home ice for the quarterfinal round of the HOCKEY EAST playoffs, has won its last five games and is currently in second place in the league standings. BC has two regular-season games left on its schedule -- at UMass-Amherst (March 4) and at Northeastern (March 7). The league playoffs are tentatively scheduled to begin on Thursday, March 12.

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