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BC, BU Match-Up For 248th Time, 1st In Boston's Famed Ballyard

Boston College freshmen Philip Samuelsson (left) and Brian Dumoulin take the ice at Fenway Park for practice on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Boston College freshmen Philip Samuelsson (left) and Brian Dumoulin take the ice at Fenway Park for practice on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Jan. 6, 2010

 

Hockey East's Sun Life Frozen Fenway
Fri., Jan. 8, 2010 - 7:30 p.m., Fenway Park (39,928), Boston, Mass.

#7/#8 Boston College (10-5-2, 7-3-2 HEA) vs. Boston University (5-9-3, 3-7-2 HEA)

 

Photo Gallery of Wednesday's Practice

Boston College Frozen Fenway Notes Get Acrobat Reader

 

Date

Friday, Jan. 8, 2010

Time
7:37 p.m. EST

Site (Capacity)
Fenway Park (39,928)

Television
Sun Life Frozen Fenway will be telecast live on NESN with the NHL Network carrying NESN's live broadcast to its national audience.  Tom Caron (play-by-play), Andy Brickley (color), Naoko Funayama (rinkside) and Russ Kenn `89 (producer) will have the call.  Katharine Tappen, Bob Beers, Craig Janney `89 and Brendan Walsh will provide in-studio analysis.  Coverage will begin with the Frozen Fenway Show at 6:30 p.m.

Internet Audio
ISP manages and produces all BC hockey broadcasts.  Jon Rish (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (color) will have the call, which is streamed live over the internet and available through Boston College's official athletics web site: http://bceagles.com

Real-Time Stats
Live in-game stats will be provided via Gametracker through each school's official athletics web sites.

Twitter Updates
Live in-game news updates on Boston College hockey are available through Twitter at:
http://twitter.com/bcsportsNews

Series Info
Boston College is 107-123-17 in the 247-game all-time series with Boston University.  In its most recent recent meeting, BC defeated BU, 4-1 on Dec. 5, 2009 in Agganis Arena.  BC's senior class is 7-5-2 in 14 meetings over the last three-plus seasons.

Polls
Following its 0-2-0 week at the Denver Cup, BC checked in at #7 in the USCHO.com poll and #8 in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll.  Boston University is not ranked in either poll.

USCHO.com PairWise
BC is ranked No. 8 in the latest USCHO.com PairWise rankings, slipping six spots from its previous location after losses to St. Lawrence and #2 Denver.

Our Defense
Boston College is averaging 2.82 goals allowed per game through 17 games ... Six-foot-3-inch defenseman Tommy Cross has recorded two goals and one assist in the last four games ... BC had used six defensemen regularly - one senior, two sophomores and three freshmen. Yet, the team will be have a new addition to the six-man defensive corps because of a broken right wrist to freshman Patrick Wey at Denver (1/2) ... Senior Carl Sneep has played more than three times as many games (132) as sophomores Tommy Cross (41 games) and Edwin Shea (38 games), while freshmen Brian Dumoulin (+5) and Philip Samuelsson (+2) have each played in all 17 games this season. 

In Goal
John Muse, a junior, has played in 12 games while freshman goaltender Parker Milner has played in five games.  In the last nine games, Muse and Milner have split goaltending duties.  Muse is 6-4-2 with a 2.81 GAA and an .894 save percentage, while Milner is 4-1-0 with a 2.61 GAA and a .889 save percentage.

Our Offense
The team has scored 60 goals in 17 games and is tied for sixth among national leaders with a 3.53 goals per game average ... eight different players have scored four or more times.  Junior Brian Gibbons leads the offensive charge with a team-best 18 points - seven goals and 11 assists.  Sophomore Cam Atkinson, whose six-game scoring streak (6-2--8) was snapped in BC's 4-3 loss at #2 Denver, has scored eight (of his nine) goals in the last 10 games and is tied with senior Ben Smith for the team lead in goals.

The Power Play
The team ranks fifth in Hockey East and 15th among national leaders with a 22.0 percent conversion percentage (20-for-91).  BC's power play has scored at least one goal in 10 (of 17) games to date and has scored multiple power-play goals five times, including a season-high four goals twice - at New Hampshire (Nov. 6) and against Clarkson (Nov. 27).  Forward Brian Gibbons (1-8--9) and defenseman Carl Sneep (4-5--9) are the team's top power-play point producers, while senior Ben Smith has a team-high five goals.

The Penalty Kill
BC, which went 11-for-11 in penalty-killing situations in two Denver Cup contests, has killed 87.6 percent (78-of-89) of its opponents' power plays.  It ranks first in Hockey East and seventh among national leaders.  The team has held its opponent scoreless on the power play six times this season.  Junior Brian Gibbons netted the team's first shorthanded goal of the season in a 4-3 loss at #2 Denver.

The Faceoff Circle
BC has been particularly impressive from the faceoff circle to date, averaging a win from the dot 53.1 percent of the time (544-of-1024).  Freshman Pat Mullane leads all centermen with a 61.7 percent win rate, while centers Jimmy Hayes (54.1 percent) and Matt Price (51.5 percent) all own win rates equal to (or better than) 50 percent.  Additionally, sophomore wing Cam Atkinson boasts a 59.0 percent win rate from the faceoff circle.

Injury Update
Boston College freshman defenseman Patrick Wey suffered a broken right wrist during the second period
of the team's 4-3 loss at #2 Denver.  He is out of the lineup for a projected time of 6-8 weeks.

Last Time Out
Joe Whitney, Tommy Cross and Brian Gibbons each scored once and goaltender John Muse made 35 saves, but second-ranked Denver scored four times in the final period to beat fifth-ranked BC and capture the Wells Fargo Denver Cup title with a 4-3 win in Magness Arena. BC led 2-0 after two periods and 3-1 at the 5:36 mark in the third period on a Gibbons' shorthanded goal. Denver then scored three straight, including Joe Colborne's game-winning goal late in the final frame to claim the victory. 

Success Out of Conference
Despite losing each of the last two non-conference games to St. Lawrence and Denver at the Wells Fargo Denver Cup, the Eagles are 3-2-0 against non-conference opponents this season, having earned victories at Notre Dame (10/23), against Clarkson (11/27) and at Harvard (12/9).

Whitney Collects Team's 3rd League Rookie Of The Week Honor
Freshman forward Steven Whitney earned Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 14, after he tallied the primary assist on three of BC's six goals scored in road wins over Harvard (12/9) and Providence (12/12). The Reading, Mass., native assisted on sophomore Jimmy Hayes' decisive score in the Eagles' 3-2 win at Harvard and tallied two assists in the team's 3-1 win at Providence.  Whitney is the third BC freshman to captured league rookie-of-the-week honors, joining center Pat Mullane (11/23) and goaltender Parker Milner (12/7).

Road Warriors
BC has played 12 (of its 17) games this season away from the confines of Conte Forum and owns a 6-4-2 record in those games.  The team played all four of its December games on the road and began the 2010 calendar year with two games in Denver, Colo., at the Denver Cup. 

Smith BC's 92nd Player To 100
Senior wing Ben Smith tallied his 100th point and 50th assist in the team's 5-2 loss to St. Lawrence on New Year's Day at the Denver Cup.  Smith is the 92nd player in BC history to join
the illustrious 100-point scoring club.  Smith registered 18 points as a freshman (2006-07), 50 points as a sophomore (2007-08), 17 points as a junior (2008-09) and has recorded 15 points in 17 games as a senior.  The Avon, Conn., resident has 100 points - 50 goals and 50 assists - in 140 career games.

• Smith has scored nine goals in 17 games.  Yet, it's also noteworthy that Smith's nine goals have been scored in nine different games and even more remarkable that those nine goals have been scored on just 30 shots for a 30.0 percent conversion percentage.

The Captains
Matt Price serves as Boston College's 87th team captain in program history.  He is joined by 2009-10 assistant captains Matt Lombardi and Ben Smith.  Price is a 5-foot-9-inch, 180-pound forward from Milton, Ontario who has played in 124 career games, including all 98 games over the last two-plus seasons.  Lombardi is a 5-foot-11-inch, 194-pound forward who comes from Milton, Mass., and Governor's Academy.  Smith is a 5-foot-11-inch, 207-pound forward from Avon, Conn., and Westminster who has played in all 140 games during his four-year career.

The Senior Class
Boston College's Class of 2010 consists of four seniors - F Matt Lombardi, F Matt Price, F Ben Smith and D Carl Sneep.  The quartet has combined to play in 492 combined contests.  It has captured two Hockey East Tournament titles (2007 and 2008), advanced to two Frozen Fours (St. Louis, 2007; Denver, 2008) and captured the 2008 NCAA title.  The foursome embarks on the 18th game of its final collegiate campaign with a combined record of 82-43-15.

In Overtime
Boston College has played into the overtime period twice this season and is 0-0-2 in those two games.  BC and New Hampshire played to a 4-4 tie in Durham, N.H. (11/6) and BC and Maine played to a 3-3 tie in Bangor, Maine (11/21).

Close Calls
Boston College has a 5-2-0 record in games decided by one goal and a 2-1-0 record in games decided by two goals.

Fresh Faces
Boston College's 2009-10 features 25 players on its roster ... The team features four seniors, three juniors, nine sophomores and nine freshmen.  Boston College returns 14 lettermen from last year's team that finished with a 18-14-5 record, including an 11-11-5 mark in Hockey East play.

Gibbons Goal Scoring Getting Going
Brian Gibbons, a 5-foot-8-inch, 165-pound forward, scored once in each Denver Cup game, including a shorthanded goal against the second-ranked Pioneers, and has four goals in BC's last six games.  Consistently the team's leader in points (18), assists (11), shorthanded goals (one) and penalty minutes (38), Gibbons has at least one point in 12-of-17 games.

Atkinson Attacks
Cam Atkinson, a 5-foot-8-inch, 175-pound forward has tallied at least one point in six of BC's last seven games and has scored at least one goal in five of the last seven games.  Atkinson, whose six-game scoring streak was snapped in the team's 4-3 loss at #2 Denver, tallied six goals and eight points during that stretch.

Whitneys are Warming Up
Junior forward Joe Whitney and his younger brother and linemate Steven are have been consistent names on the scoring sheet of late.  Joe has five points in the last five games while Steven has four points in the last four games.   Furthermore, Steven has registered all nine of his points - two goals and seven assists - in the last 10 games.  

Kreider, US Capture Gold At World Juniors
BC freshman forward Chris Kreider and Team USA defeated Canada, 6-5, on Tuesday, Jan. 5 to win the 2010 World Junior Championship.  Team USA's other gold medal at a World Junior Championship came in 2004, when the U.S. defeated Canada, 4-3, in Helsinki, Finland.  Kreider, who scored the team's first goal in Tuesday's gold-medal game, finished with seven points - six goals and one assist - in seven games and a +6 rating.  A 6-foot-2-inch, 206-pound forward from Boxford, Mass., Kreider's six goals ranked third among all players at the World Junior Championship behind only Canada's Jordan Eberle and Sweden's Andre Petersson, who both scored eight times in six games. Kreider scored the winning goal in leading the United States to a 3-0 victory over Switzerland on Monday, Dec. 27, and had a hat trick, including one on a penalty shot, in a 12-1 win over Latvia on Tuesday, Dec. 29.  The Boxford, Mass., resident has played in 14 Boston College games this season and has five points - two goals and three assists.

BC Will Wear Commemorative Jerseys For Frozen Fenway
Boston College will wear a commemorative jersey for Friday's game against Boston University at Fenway Park.  The gold jersey with maroon shoulders and a maroon interlocking Boston College logo on the chest will also feature the addition of the a third stripe - in green, along the base of the jersey and sleeves - to commemorate Fenway Park's Green Monster.  Small "Frozen Fenway 2010" and "Hockey East" patches are included just above (to the left and right, respectively) the interlocking BC logo on the chest as well as a lace-up neck.  The back of the jersey will also feature a small ballpark patch just above BC's traditional italicized block uniform number (in place of player's name).

It's All in the Family
This season marks the 22nd time in program history that at least one set of brothers are playing alongside a sibling and the fi rst time in the 87-year history of Boston College hockey that two sets of brothers - Cam and Tommy Atkinson and Joe and Steven Whitney - are members of the same team.  These four student-athletes comprise four of BC's 25 players on its 2009-10 roster.  Additionally, it marks the 12th time in head coach Jerry York's (16-year) tenure that a set of brothers are on the same team. 

Former Eagle Brooks Orpik `01 Selected to US Olympic Team
Brooks Orpik has been selected to the 23-man United States hockey team that will compete at the XXI Olympic Winter Games, USA Hockey announced New Year's Day.  Orpik will become the 27th Eagle to play in Olympic competition when he skates for Team USA in February 2010.  A native of East Amherst, N.Y., Orpik has played in more than 400 NHL games in seven season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  A Stanley Cup Champion in 2009, Orpik was a first-round selection of the Penguins in 2000.  He played 119 games in three seasons at Boston College, helping the Eagles capture the 2001 national championship.  Orpik's younger brother Andrew, who followed Brooks at BC, played in 155 career games and captured the 2008 national championship.  All totaled, the Orpik brothers combined for six NCAA Frozen Four appearances (in seven seasons) and two national championships.

 

 

 

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