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No. 7 Men's Hockey To Host No. 3 New Hampshire Friday Night On NESN

Feb. 21, 2008

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Broadcast Information
The New England Sports Network (NESN) will broadcast Friday's 7:30 faceoff between Boston College and New Hampshire in Kelley Rink. Eric Frede (play-by-play) and Tim Sweeney (color) will have the call. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Hockey East Friday Night Live, the network's half-hour Hockey East pre-game show with Bob Beers (studio host) and Brendan Walsh (studio analyst) followed by faceoff at 7:31 p.m. ... All BC hockey games can be heard free of charge over the internet at Bill Newell (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (color) are BC's broadcast team.

Hockey East Standings
In Hockey East Association standings, BC has a 10-5-6 record and is in second place with 26 points, six points behind league-leading New Hampshire. The Eagles are two points ahead of Northeastern and Providence, who are tied for third place with 24 points. Boston University and Vermont are tied for fifth place with 23 points.

Three-Six-Twelve: With three teams left on its regular-season slate, BC will play six games for 12 available points. The Eagles have concluded the season series with six (of nine) league opponents. They are (in order): Vermont (2-0-1), Boston University (2-0-1), Merrimack (2-0-1), Maine (1-0-2), Massachusetts (1-1-1) and UMass-Lowell (2-1-0). Following this weekend's two-game series against New Hampshire (0-1-0), BC will face Providence (0-1-0) twice and Northeastern (0-1-0) twice to conclude the league regular-season schedule.

The Series -- New Hampshire
Friday's league contest against New Hampshire is the 122nd meeting between the teams in the all-time series history. UNH holds a 57-54-10 advantage, including a 5-2 victory over the Eagles on Nov. 10 in the Whittemore Center. Prior to Nov. 10, BC had won three straight games over New Hampshire, including a 5-2 victory last March in Boston's TD Banknorth Garden to capture the 2007 Hockey East tournament title. BC and UNH have combined to win seven of the last 10 Hockey East Tournament championships dating back to 1998. The Eagles have won five of those seven conference tournament titles.

The Last Meeting (11-10-07): New Hampshire netted three consecutive goals in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and lift the Wildcats to a 5-2 win over BC in the Whittemore Center. The Wildcats netted first-period scores to build an early 2-0 advantage. BC's Andrew Orpik halved the margin with his first goal of the season midway through the middle period and freshman Ryan Hayes scored early in the third period to temporarily tie the score at -2-2.

Senior Class: BC's five seniors -- Joe Adams, Dan Bertram Mike Brennan, Pat Gannon and Matt Greene -- have a 6-3-3 record in 12 career meetings between the teams. The Eagles are 1-1-2 in games played in Kelley Rink, 2-1-1 at the Whittemore Center and 3-0-0 in contests played at a neutral venue.

BC In Brief
Boston College has played 30 games this season and is 16-7-7 overall. The team is 10-5-6 in Hockey East play and is in second place with 26 points ... The Eagles are 13-3-2 in their last 18 games ... On the strength of three power-play goals in the second period of BC's most recent win at UMass-Lowell (2/16), the team's power-play unit is coverting its chances at 24.5 percent and is ranked No. 1 nationally ... The Eagles have out shot each of their last eight opponents, dating back to the team's 2-2 home tie against Boston University (1/19).

Offense: BC has scored 111 goals this season and its scoring offense ranks No. 3 in the country with an average of 3.70 goals per game. Of its 111 goals, the Eagles have scored 38 times in power-play situations (34 percent), 68 times when skating at even strength (61 percent), and five times when playing shortanded (2 percent) ... The team is 15-0-0 when it scores four goals or more ... BC's offense is led by a quartet of 30-point scorers highlighted by junior left wing Nathan Gerbe, who has totaled a team-high 44 points -- 22 goals and 22 assists -- in 29 games and leads the country in points per game (1.59). Freshman forward Joe Whitney has tallied a national-best 32 assists, including a four-assist effort in BC's most recent win at UMass-Lowell (2/16), while sophomore Ben Smith (17-18--35) and junior Benn Ferriero (11-20--31) round out BC's four 30-point scorers.

Defense: BC's defense has allowed 72 goals this season and it is tied for 14th in the nation with an average of 2.40 goals allowed per game ... Of opponents' 72 goals, 26 have been scored when BC is killing a penalty (36 percent) and 44 were netted while the team's were at even strength (61 percent). The Eagle defense is allowing an average of 27.2 shots per game ... Freshman goaltender John Muse has started all 30 games; he is 16-7-7 (.630 winning percentage) with a 2.33 goals against average and a .913 save percentage ... BC's defensive corps is led by senior captain Mike Brennan, who has played in all 154 games over the previous four seasons. Sophomore Carl Sneep (3-9--12) is first among defensemen in points, while freshman Nick Petrecki (3-6--9) has scored three times in the last three games, including the overtime goal in the team's 6-5 Beanpot title win over Harvard (2/11).

Career Bests
Thirty games into the 2007-08 season, sophomore forward Ben Smith, who totaled 18 points as a freshman last winter, has registered 35 points -- 17 goals and 18 assists, nearly doubling his scoring output. In addition to Smith, each member of BC's third forward line -- Matt Price (2-5--7), Matt Greene (8-1--9) and Pat Gannon (4-10--14) -- have equaled or eclipsed their career single-season scoring marks. Price totaled five points in his 26-game freshman season, while Greene's eight goals and nine points mark a career best and Gannon has recorded double-digit scoring totals for the first time in his three-plus seasons.

BC 81-0-1 When Scoring 4
Since its 6-4 loss at North Dakota on Oct. 17, 2003, Boston College is 81-0-1 when scoring four or more goals. The Eagles are 15-0-0 this season after going 20-0-0 in 2006-07. BC went 15-0-0 when scoring four goals or more during the 2005-06 season. In 2004-05, the team went 13-0-0. The one tie (4-4) occurred on Feb. 5, 2004 at Merrimack.

In the school Record Book
• With 109 points, Nathan Gerbe ranks 55th on BC's all-time scoring list, just one point behind Bobby Allen (1997-01) and Craig Janney (1985-87), who both totaled 110 career points. Gerbe's 58 career goals tie him with Ryan Haggerty (1991-95), Marty McInnis (1988-91), Billy Hogan (1960-63) and Lee Blossom (1979-83) for 35th on BC's all-time list.

• Senior captain Mike Brennan has played in 154 straight games and is tied with Ryan Shannon (2001-05) for 25th on BC's all-time games played list, one game behind Dan Shea (1984-88).

On the Power Play ...
BC is converting its man-advantage opportunities at 24.5 percent (38-of-155), which ranks No. 1 nationally. The Eagles' power-play unit has scored in 23-of-30 games and has registered 2+ man-advantage tallies 11 times. BC's first power-play unit consists of five forwards in Joe Whitney, Benn Ferriero, Nathan Gerbe, Ben Smith and Dan Bertram.

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