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No. 3 Men's Hockey Preview: Providence




Jan. 5, 2011

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Game #19
No. 3 Boston College (13-5-0, 9-4-0 Hockey East) vs. Providence (7-6-5, 3-4-4 HE)

Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 - 7:30 p.m. EST
Conte Forum/Kelley Rink (7,884) - Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Game #20
No. 3 Boston College at Providence
Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 - 7 p.m. EST
Schneider Arena (3,030) - Providence, R.I.

BC, PC TO MEET IN TWO-GAME LEAGUE SERIES: No. 3 Boston College returns to action with a two-game home-and-home series against league-opponent Providence that begins at Conte Forum on Friday, Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. on NESN. The teams will conclude the weekend series inside Schneider Arena on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. ... BC has won each of its last five games this season and has outscored opponents 30-13 during the stretch (6.0 goals per game) ... Junior forward Cam Atkinson enters Friday's game against Providence with 98 points in 96 collegiate games ... World Junior Championship participants Brian Dumoulin, Chris Kreider and Patrick Wey are scheduled to return to Boston College's lineup for Providence series.

TELEVISION: The New England Sports Network (NESN) will broadcast Friday's game between the Eagles and Friars from Conte Forum with Eric Frede (play-by-play) and Craig Janney (color analyst) calling the action and John Chandler (host) and Bob Beers (analyst) providing studio coverage. Friday's broadcast marks the beginning of "Hockey East Friday Night", the league's regular- season television package. All games part of the package faceoff at 7:30 p.m. and are preceded by "Hockey East Face-Off Live" NESN pre-game show (which begins at 7 p.m.).

3 GAMES, 3 DAYS OF NESN COVERAGE: Friday's game will also mark the first of three straight days of NESN coverage of Boston College winter sports events. NESN will also carry Boston College's men's basketball game against Georgia Tech on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 4 p.m. and will carry BC's women's basketball game against North Carolina on Sunday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. Also of note, the Boston Bruins faceoff against the Minnesota Wild and BC hockey alum Chuck Kobasew on Thursday, Jan. 6 and faceoff against the Montreal Canadians and its captain Brian Gionta, class of 2001, on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.

INTERNET AUDIO: Audio broadcasts of all Boston College hockey games - home and away - will be available free of charge through www.bceagles.com with Jon Rish (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (color) calling the action.

TWITTER UPDATES: Live in-game news updates, in short form, on Boston College hockey are available through Twitter at: http://twitter.com/BCSportsNews

REAL-TIME STATS: Live in-game updates will be available through Gametracker and available through both school's official athletics web sites. Real-time stats of all college hockey games are available through the Hockey East Association's official web site: www.hockeyeastonline.com

THE POLLS: Boston College improved one spot - to No. 3 - in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and improved two spots - to No. 3 - in the USCHO.com poll after winning the Ledyard Hockey Classic at Dartmouth College with wins over Colgate (Dec. 30) and Mercyhurst (Dec. 31). BC has climbed five spots in the since the Nov. 29 USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The Eagles suffered their first defeat of the season at No. 17 Notre Dame on Oct. 23, to fall from the nation's top spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls. The Eagles had received the nation's top preseason billing and were the nation's top-ranked team through the opening two weeks of the 2010-11 season before falling to No. 2 in the Oct. 25 polls.

THE ROSTER

By Position:
GOALTENDERS (3): Parker Milner (Pittsburgh, Pa.), John Muse (East Falmouth, Mass.), Chris Venti (Needham, Mass.)
DEFENSEMEN (7): Patch Alber (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Tommy Cross (Simsbury, Conn.), Brian Dumoulin (Biddeford, Maine), Isaac MacLeod (Nelson, British Columbia), Philip Samuelsson (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Edwin Shea (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Patrick Wey (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
FORWARDS (14): Barry Almeida (Springfield, Mass.), Bill Arnold (Needham, Mass.), Patrick Brown (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Cam Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.), Tommy Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.), Paul Carey (Weymouth, Mass.), Brooks Dyroff (Boulder, Colo.), Brian Gibbons (Braintree, Mass.), Jimmy Hayes (Dorchester, Mass.), Kevin Hayes (Dorchester, Mass.), Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass.), Pat Mullane (Wallingford, Conn.), Joe Whitney (Reading, Mass.), Steven Whitney (Reading, Mass.)

By Class:
SENIORS (3): Brian Gibbons (Braintree, Mass.), John Muse (East Falmouth, Mass.), Joe Whitney (Reading, Mass.)
JUNIORS (8): Barry Almeida (Springfield, Mass.), Cam Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.), Tommy Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.), Paul Carey (Weymouth, Mass.), Tommy Cross (Simsbury, Conn.), Jimmy Hayes (Dorchester, Mass.), Edwin Shea (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Chris Venti (Needham, Mass.)
SOPHOMORES (9): Patch Alber (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Brian Dumoulin (Biddeford, Maine), Brooks Dyroff (Boulder, Colo.), Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass.), Parker Milner (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Pat Mullane (Wallingford, Conn.), Philip Samuelsson (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Patrick Wey (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Steven Whitney (Reading, Mass.)
FRESHMEN (4): Bill Arnold (Needham, Mass.), Patrick Brown (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Kevin Hayes (Dorchester, Mass.), Isaac MacLeod (Nelson, British Columbia)

Miscellaneous:
Average Age (as of 10/1): 20 Years, 7 Months
Youngest Player (as of 10/1): Patrick Brown, 18 years, 4 months
Oldest Player (as of 10/1): Tommy Atkinson, 22 years, 10 months
Most Games Played: 140, Joe Whitney
Fewest Games Played: 10, Kevin Hayes

Home State/Territory Breakdown
Arizona (1), Colorado (1), Connecticut (4), Maine (1), Massachusetts (12), Michigan (1), New York (1), Pennsylvania (2), British Columbia, Canada (1)

SERIES INFO VS. PROVIDENCE:
• This weekend's games will mark the 157th and 158th meetings between Boston College and Providence. The Eagles are 99-45-12 in the all-time series against the Friars.
• BC has won the last five meetings and is unbeaten in the last nine (7-0-2).
• The team's senior class is 7-2-2 in 11 meetings in the last four years. BC and PC have met nine times during the regular season and twice (both wins) in league quarterfinal action.
• Senior goaltender John Muse is 6-2-2 with a 1.87 goals against average and a .932 save percentage in 10 career games against the Friars. Sophomore Parker Milner made 15 saves in a 4-1 home win over the Friars in his only match-up against PC last winter (Jan. 12).

THE LAST PROVIDENCE MEETING:
• BC scored all five of its goals in the game's first period to capture a 5-2 home win over the Friars on Jan. 29 of last winter.
• Sophomore Cam Atkinson recorded two goals and one assist, junior Joe Whitney registered one goal and two assists and junior Brian Gibbons notched two assists to extend his scoring streak to eight games. Sophomore Barry Almeida and freshman Steven Whitney each scored once.
• Junior goaltender John Muse recorded 19 saves to capture the win.

LAST TIME OUT:
• Boston College defeated Colgate, 6-5, in the opening round (12/30) and captured a 4-1 win over Mercyhurst (12/31) in the championship game of the 2010 Ledyard National Bank Classic at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
• Forward Brian Gibbons (3 goals, 2 assists) and defenseman Joe Whitney (1 assist, +3 rating) each earned All-Tournament honors and forward Paul Carey (2 goals, 2 assists) captured the tournament's most valuable player award.
• Freshman forward Bill Arnold snapped a 4-4 tie at 7:39 of the third period on an unassisted shorthanded goal against Colgate (12/30), marking the team's third shorthanded goal in as many contests and the sixth of the season. Junior Barry Almeida and sophomore Chris Kreider each scored their first collegiate shorthanded goals in wins over Boston University (Dec. 3 & 4).
• Freshman forward Kevin Hayes returned to action against Colgate (12/30) after missing eight games and junior alternate captain Tommy Cross returned to action against Colgate (12/30) after missing 11 games; Hayes notched the primary assist on BC's first goal against Colgate and scored its first goal against Mercyhurst

SPECIAL TEAMS
Penalty-Kill Rate (National Rank): 89.5 (1)
• Boston College went 7-for-8 on the penalty kill over the last two games, is 36-for-41 over the last six games and owns a 89.5 percent kill rate this season (102-for-114), which is best kill rate in college hockey.

Power-Play Percentage (National Rank): 24.4 (4)
• Boston College has scored a power-play goal in two straight and nine-of-the-last 10 games; the team has combined for a 32.5 percent conversion rating in the last 10 games (14-for-43). This season, the team leads its conference and ranks fourth nationally with a 24.4 percent success rate (21-for-86).

OFFENSE
Goals Per Game (National Rank): 3.89 (2)
• BC scored 10 goals by seven different players in its two most recent games at the Ledyard Classic - Brian Gibbons (3), Paul Carey (2), Barry Almeida, Bill Arnold, Cam Atkinson and Jimmy and Kevin Hayes.
Brian Gibbons has tallied multiple-point performances in six of the last eight games and has at least one point in 16-of-18 games this season.
Cam Atkinson has 15 goals in 18 games and ranks fifth in the country in goals per game. Atkinson also ranks tied for sixth nationally in power-play goals with six.

Scoring Streaks ...

• Two players enter the Providence series with scoring streaks in tact - Brian Gibbons (8 games; 6 goals, 10 assists -- 16 points) and Cam Atkinson (7 games; 7-7--14). Senior Joe Whitney (1 goal, 5 assists) and junior Jimmy Hayes (3-2--5) each had five-game scoring streaks snapped in the team's 4-1 win over Mercyhurst (12/31).

DEFENSE
Goals Per Game (National Rank): 2.22 (tied-8th)
• Goaltender John Muse has started 15 of 18 games and ranks third nationally in save percentage (.934) and eighth nationally in GAA (2.02). He has 30 or more saves in six games.
• Sophomore Patch Alber leads all defensemen with a +12 rating, while classmates Brian Dumoulin (+10) and Patrick Wey (+9) rank second and third, respectively.
Brian Dumoulin has tallied two assists in each of the last three games.

John Muse, SR. GOALTENDER

• Muse has played in 125 games and is 74-36-15 with a 2.38 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.
• He has led BC to national championships in 2008 and 2010, Hockey East Tournament titles in 2008 and 2010 and Beanpot championships in 2008 and 2010.
• At midseason break as a senior (games played through Dec. 4 against Boston University), Muse was 10-3-0 with a 1.87 goals against average and a .939 save percentage, ranking third nationally in save percentage and seventh in GAA. Here's a look at Muse's statistics at each of his four midseason breaks.


Muse at midseason break ...

Year CL GP W-L-T GAA SV% 2007-08 Fr. 15 6-4-5 2.32 .921 2008-09 So. 16 9-5-2 2.58 .907 2009-10 Jr. 11 6-3-2 2.70 .893 2010-11 Sr. 13 10-3-0 1.87 .939

DID YOU KNOW ...

... that Jerry York's connections to the 2011 NHL Winter Classic and the HBO 24/7 series highlighting the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins include serving as the college coach for Dan Bylsma, head coach of the Penguins, Brooks Orpik, a defenseman on the Penguins, and George McPhee, general manager of the Washington Capitals?

Bylsma played college hockey at Bowling Green State University from 1988-92 where he was twice selected to the CCHA All-Academic Team. McPhee was also a prominent college hockey player at Bowling Green. He was the recipient of the 1982 Hobey Baker Award, was chosen as a First-Team All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association selection in 1982, Second-Team All-CCHA honors in 1979 and 1981 and was the CCHA's Rookie of the Year in 1979. Orpik played three seasons for York at Boston College, winning the Hockey East tournament championship in 1999 and 2001, and the NCAA title in 2001.

GIBBONS EARNS LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE MONTH HONORS FOR DECEMBER: Boston College alternate captain Brian Gibbons has earned Hockey East Association Player of the Month honors for December. The Braintree, Mass., resident recorded eight points - four goals and four assists - in December wins over Boston University (12/3 and 12/4), Colgate (12/30) and Mercyhurst (12/31). He finished the month with three multiple-point efforts and one two-goal performance and tallied a plus-5 rating.

QUICK HITS

• With two points, junior forward Cam Atkinson will become the 73rd Boston College player to join the 100-point scoring club, joining senior linemates Brian Gibbons (48-90--138) and Joe Whitney (37-90--127) as BC's active 100-point scores.

• Forward Brian Gibbons leads or ranks second among all Boston College players in 12 statistical categories. He leads the team in: assists (15), plus-minus (+14), short-handed goals (2), power-play points (10), shot percentage (27.0), penalties (19) and penalty minutes (41). Gibbons ranks second in: points (25), goals (10), power-play goals (four) and faceoff win percentage among regular centers (54.1 win percentage).

• Senior John Muse is just the second goaltender in school history to reach 70 career victories. Muse, who is 74-36-15, joins BC record-holder Scott Clemmensen who tallied 99 career wins.

Jerry York is the fifth Boston College Eagle - and third coach - to earn the Lester Patrick Trophy, which is awarded annually for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, joining Snooks Kelley, who was honored in 1972, Len Ceglarski (1990), Joe Mullen (1995) and Brian Leetch (2007).

• Boston College's 2-1 loss at No. 17 Notre Dame marked the team's first defeat of the season, snapping a 15-game unbeaten streak (14-0-1) dating to a 3-2 loss at Northeastern on Feb. 19, 2010.

• For the 10th time in the last 13 seasons, Boston College has been picked as the Hockey East preseason favorite, or co-favorite, by the league's coaches.

• Cam and Tommy Atkinson, Joe and Steven Whitney, and Jimmy and Kevin Hayes are the 13th, 14th and 15th pairs of brothers to play hockey on the same team at Boston College.

• Three players - defenseman Brian Dumoulin, forward Chris Kreider and defenseman Patrick Wey - are among the 22 skaters that were named to the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team and competed at the IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2010 - Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo and Niagara, N.Y. It marks the first time since 2006 when Dan Bertram competed for Canada and Nathan Gerbe and Cory Schneider played for Team USA that three Eagles are participating in World Junior Championship play. It also marks the first time since the 1998 tournament that three Eagles represented the U.S. BC had four players - Jeff Farkas, Brian Gionta, Mike Mottau and Bobby Allen - on the 1998 U.S. Junior National Team.

• Six players participated in the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp from July 30 - Aug. 7 in Lake Placid, N.Y. - defenseman Brian Dumoulin, forward Chris Kreider, defenseman Philip Samuelsson, defenseman Patrick Wey, forward Steven Whitney and freshman forward Kevin Hayes.

• Boston College has 11 players on its roster who have been selected in the NHL Draft. Those players are: Bill Arnold (Calgary/4th/2010), Cam Atkinson (Columbus/6th/2008), Paul Carey (Colorado/5th/2007), Tommy Cross (Boston/2nd/2007), Brian Dumoulin (Carolina/2nd/2009), Jimmy Hayes (Toronto*/2nd/2008), Kevin Hayes (Chicago/1st/2010), Chris Kreider (NY Rangers/1st/2009), Isaac MacLeod (San Jose/5th/2010), Philip Samuelsson (Pittsburgh/2nd/2009) and Patrick Wey (Washington/4th/2009). * Jimmy Hayes was traded to Chicago in July 2010.

Ben Smith, assistant captain of the 2009-10 Boston College hockey team, made his NHL debut with the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 29, 2010, while Stephen Gionta, assistant captain of the 2005-06 Eagle squad, made his NHL debut with the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 5, 2010. Smith and Gionta join Benn Ferriero, who was recalled to the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 6, to represent the 15th, 16th and 17th former Eagles to have played in the NHL this season, joining regulars Andrew Alberts (Vancouver), Brian Boyle (NY Rangers), Scott Clemmensen (Florida), Patrick Eaves (Detroit), Nathan Gerbe (Buffalo), Brian Gionta (Montreal), Peter Harrold (Los Angeles), Chuck Kobasew (Minnesota), Mike Mottau (NY Islanders), Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh), Marty Reasoner (Florida), Cory Schneider (Vancouver), Rob Scuderi (Los Angeles) and Ryan Shannon (Ottawa).

2010-11 EAGLE AWARDS AND HONORS

Bill Arnold, Fr., F
• Hockey East Rookie of the Week (Jan. 3)

Brian Dumoulin, So., D
• 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship participant - U.S. National Junior Team

Brian Gibbons, Sr., F
• Hockey East Player of the Month - December

Jimmy Hayes, Jr., F
• Hockey East Player of the Week (Oct. 18)

Chris Kreider, So., F
• 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship participant - U.S. National Junior Team

John Muse, Sr., G
• Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 11)
• Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 22)
• Hockey East Goaltender of the Month - November

Patrick Wey, So., D
• 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship participant - U.S. National Junior Team

Steven Whitney, So., F
• Hockey East Co-Player of the Week (Dec. 6)

Jerry York, Head Coach
• 2010 Lester Patrick Trophy Recipient

Jerry York SIGNS FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH BOSTON COLLEGE: Boston College head men's ice hockey coach Jerry York has a new five-year contract with the school that runs through the 2014-15 season, it was announced on Tuesday, Nov. 23. York led the Eagles to the 2001, 2008 and 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championships and Boston College has advanced to the NCAA Championship game in four of the last five seasons. York assumed the head coaching duties at Boston College, his alma mater, on June 15, 1994. The 2010-11 campaign is his 39th season as a head coach as he spent seven years (1972-79) at Clarkson and 15 years (1979-84) at Bowling Green. He won the NCAA Championship at Bowling Green in 1984. York has also coached Boston College to seven Hockey East Tournament titles (1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010) and four Hockey East regular-season championships (2000-01, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05).

YORK HONORED WITH LESTER PATRICK AWARD: Coach Jerry York was honored as one of four recipients of the 2010 Lester Patrick Trophy at an awards presentation held at TD Garden on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at TD Garden. Joining York as 2010 recipients were Hockey Hall of Famer Cam Neely, Boston University coach Jack Parker and American Hockey League President David Andrews. The trophy is an annual award presented for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. York is the fifth Boston College Eagle to earn the award, joining John A. "Snooks" Kelley, honored in 1972, Len Ceglarski (1990), Joe Mullen (1995) and Brian Leetch (2007). Leetch was on hand to present York with the trophy.

THE YORK FILE
Record: 863-543-92 (.605 win percentage)
Years: 39
Record at BC: 397-207-58 (.639 win percentage)
Years at BC: 17

RETIRED JERSEY: On April 12, 2010, Boston College recognized former player and current coach Jerry York by retiring his jersey at the 2010 national championship celebration on O'Neill Plaza.

MORE MILESTONES FOR YORK: Jerry York is in his 39th season as a head coach and his 17th season behind the Boston College bench. He is the second winningest coach in NCAA history and the first among active Division I coaches.

EIGHTY-EIGHTH SEASON OF HOCKEY: Boston College is in its 88th season of hockey. The Eagles have compiled 70 winning seasons and a 1344-736-110 all-time record.

THE CAPTAINS: Boston College elected senior forward Joe Whitney as captain of the 2010-11 Eagle entry. Senior forward Brian Gibbons and junior defenseman Tommy Cross were elected as assistant captains.

100-POINT SCORERS: Senior forwards Brian Gibbons and Joe Whitney each recorded their 100th career point last season. Gibbons ranks 31st at Boston College with 138 career points, while Whitney ranks 42nd with 127 career points. Boston College has 72 players who have scored 100 points or more in a career.

EAGLES CHOSEN AS 2010-11 LEAGUE FAVORITE: Boston College has been chosen as the unanimous preseason favorite to win the Hockey East Association regular-season title, according to the Hockey East Coaches' Poll. BC earned nine first-place votes and a total of 90 points. Maine was picked second with 80 points, just four points ahead of New Hampshire. Boston University and Northeastern rounded out the top five selections. The announcement marks the 10th time in the last 13 seasons that the Eagles have been selected as the preseason favorite, or co-favorite, to win the conference crown. BC enters the 2010-11 campaign having captured last year's national title - its fourth national championship in program history. Last winter also marked program's third national championship under head coach Jerry York. York and the Eagles return 17 lettermen from last year's 29-win club.

SUSTAINED SUCCESS: Boston College has won 25 or more games 10 times in the last 13 seasons. In 2000-01. The Eagles set the school record with 33 victories - in 43 games - en route the school's second national championship.

ARLINGTON HONORS BC HOCKEY AND FOOTBALL ALUM: Ed Burns, a hockey lettermen and football lettermen at Boston College in the 1940s who went on to serve as Arlington High's longtime hockey and football coach, was honored on Tuesday, Dec. 28 as Veterans' Memorial Skating Rink was renamed Ed Burns Arena. Burns led Spy Ponder hockey for 50 years (1947-1997). He captured 695 wins, a New England championship, eight state and Eastern Mass. titles and 28 Greater Boston League crowns.

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