Nov. 29, 1997
Clarkson Edges Boston College, 4-3
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman center Don Smith's power-play goal at 13:25 of the final period lifted Clarkson to a 4-3 non-league victory over Boston College before 4,254 fans at Kelley Rink. Clarkson has won eight consecutive games against BC.
It was the first non-conference loss of the season for Boston College (11-4). BC, off to its best start since 1983-84, had won its prior five non-league games, including three against ECAC opponents.
Smith's goal was the decisive tally in a game that twice saw Boston College battle back from deficits. After Clarkson's Ben Maidment scored the only goal of the opening period, teammate Chris Clark gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage with a goal at 1:48 of the middle period.
Boston College's Marty Reasoner cut the margin in half with a power-play goal (his team-leading 15th of the season) at 8:31 of the second period, and freshman teammate Mike Lephart evened the score just more than three minutes later.
Clarkson regained the lead on senior center Buddy Wallace's goal at 2:07 of the final period, before BC sophomore forward Kevin Caulfield again pulled the Eagles even at 10:16 with a one-timer from the right faceoff circle.
Clarkson senior goaltender Chris Bernard finished with 24 saves. Boston College freshman goalie Scott Clemmensen made 17 stops.
Post Game Notes... Reasoner has scored a goal in nine of his last 10 games... With one assist each, freshman Brian Gionta (11) and sophomore Jeff Farkas (8) extended their scoring streaks... BC is 3-2 in games decided by one goal this season... BC Head Coach Jerry York is winless against his former team (0-5)... With two assists tonight, sophomore Blake Bellefeuille recorded his 14th career multiple-point game (49 career games)... Tonight's game completed an eight-game, 16-day stretch that saw the Eagles go 5-3... NEXT UP - BC will host Boston University on December 7 at 2 p.m.at Kelley Rink (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
Clarkson (5-4-2).......... 1 1 2 - 4 Boston College (11-4-0).....0 2 1 - 3
SAVES: CU, Chris Bernard 24; BC, Scott Clemmensen 17.