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Jan. 24, 1998

Clemmensen Leads Boston College over UMass 6-3

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman goaltender Scott Clemmensen stopped 29 shots and became the NCAA regular-season record holder for consecutive shutout minutes as sixth-ranked Boston College defeated UMass-Amherst, 6-3, before 5,075 at Kelley Rink.

Clemmensen, who hails from Urbandale, Iowa, broke the record of North Dakota's Gerry Schultz, who had 250:30 of scoreless goaltending in 1954.

Clemmensen, who needed 8:57 of scoreless play entering the game to break the record, finally allowed a goal 12:49 into the first period as UMass-Amherst's Chris Fawcett rifled a one-timer from the slot. It was the first goal that Clemmensen allowed in 254:23, a span of five games.

After the Minuteman goal, the Eagles scored three times to take the lead for good. BC tied the score at one with 46 seconds left in the first period when sophomore Tony Hutchins tallied his 10th goal of the season, stuffing home a rebounded Ken Hemenway slapshot.

Junior Marty Reasoner (his team-leading 20th of the season) put the Eagles ahead for good with a power-play goal 2:37 into the second period and sophomore Kevin Caulfield followed eight minutes later to put the Eagles up 3-1.

After the team traded goals to close out the second period, the Minutemen cut the Eagles' lead to 4-3 just 48 seconds into the third period on an Nathan Sell goal. However, BC's Chris Masters would seal the victory with two third-period goals.

Boston College improves to 15-6-3, 9-4-2 in HOCKEY EAST. It was the Eagles eighth straight victory against the Minutemen. UMass-Amherst drops to 3-16-1 (0-11-1).

Post-Game Notes... Clemmensen is now 4-0-1 in his last five starts and has stopped 112 of the last 115 shots he has faced... The UMass-Amherst second-period power-play goal was the first allowed by a BC team in 20 tries... BC has killed 20 of its last 21 man-down situations... Reasoner tied a personal season-high with his 20th goal... Reasoner has scored 15 points (6g, 9a) in eight games against UMass-Amherst... When an Eagle scores two or more goals, BC is 11-2-2... BC juniors Brendan Buckley and Matt Mulhern each had two assists in the game... Freshman Brian Gionta (one assist) has scored at least point in 16 of his last 18 games.

Boston College (15-6-3) 1 3 2 - 6 UMass-Amherst (3-16-1) 1 1 1 - 3
SCORING:  
1st: UMA Chris Fawcett 3 (Campanale) 12:29; 
BC Tony Hutchins 10 (Hemenway, Allen) PPG 19:14. 
2nd: BC Marty Reasoner 20 (Gionta) PPG 2:37; 
BC Kevin Caulfield 3 (Buckley) 10:38; 
UMA Mike Gaffney 3 (O'Connor, Lovell) PPG 13:53; 
BC Jamie O'Leary 6 (unassisted) SHG 17:39. 
3rd: UMA Nathan Sell 3 (unassisted) 0:48; 
BC Chris Masters 5 (Mulhern) 9:01; 
BC Masters 6 (Mulhern, Buckley) 17:29.
SAVES:       BC  Scott Clemmensen, 29    UMA Markus Helanen, 37
POWER PLAY:  BC 2/5, UMA 1/4 

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